Helen Jackson

A “Hidden Figure” in Texas homeschool history, Dr. Helen Jackson was the first African American female invited into the NASA Astronaut program. Heroically sacrificing her dreams for the sake of her children, she became a star witness in the Leeper Case and helped legalize homeschooling.

Helen’s early career was as a NASA mathematician/engineer intern where she worked alongside her now-deceased husband, inventor John W. Jackson.

Shelby Sharpe

When prosecution and jail time plagued Texas parents for simply homeschooling, Attorney Shelby Sharpe led the up-hill legal battle against every school district in the state. After nine years and two appeals, he won.

Shelby was born and educated in Fort Worth, then attended the University of Texas at Austin for undergraduate and graduate degrees. He’s been married to his wife since 1962 and they have three children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Senator Bryan Hughes

Senator Bryan Hughes served his first term in the Texas Senate during the 85th Session, representing the 16 counties of Senate District One in Northeast Texas.  Prior, he represented District Five in the Texas House of Representatives.

Born and raised in East Texas, Bryan attended Tyler Junior College and the University of Texas at Tyler, receiving his BBA in Economics, cum laude, in 1992, becoming the first member of his family to receive a Bachelor's degree.  He went on to Baylor University School of Law, where he earned his law degree in 1995. Bryan then served as law clerk to US District Judge William Steger of Tyler from 1995-1997.

He has received numerous awards for his work in the Legislature, including the Taxpayer Champion Award from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, the Horizon Award from Texas Right to Life, and “Defender of the American Dream” from Americans for Prosperity.  In 2011, Texas Right to Life named Bryan Hughes the Pro-Life Whip of the Texas House. Mothers Against Drunk Driving honored Senator Hughes as 2017 Legislator of the Year.

As a small businessman, he knows about hard work and the value of a dollar.  Bryan is a leader in his church, a Red Cross disaster relief volunteer, and active in civic and community organizations.

Saturday evening October 12th

Gala Accommodations

Woodlands Resort and Conference Center
Room Rate $169 for October 11 and 12, 2019
Reservations – Call the resort at 800.433.2624

Learn More

Use Event Booking ID #88209 while talking with the Reservations Department.


The Woodlands Resort is located at:
2301 North Millbend Drive,
The Woodlands, Texas, 77380


Valet Parking is available at The Woodlands Resort for $15.00 per car per day and $25.00 per car for overnight valet.

The Woodlands Area Attractions

Space Center Houston
With more than 400 things to see and do, including a variety of ever-changing exhibits, films and live shows, Space Center Houston is a must-do group destination. We invite you to experience space exploration through its exciting present, its dramatic history, and its compelling future, all of which is included with your Space Center Houston paid group admission ticket.

1940 Air Terminal Museum
The 1940 Air Terminal Museum is housed in the original art-deco Houston Municipal Airport building at present-day William P. Hobby Airport. The museum showcases the rich heritage of civil aviation, including the airlines, general aviation and business aviation. Exhibits include Houston’s fascinating aviation history.

Bayou Bend
Bayou Bend is the Museum of Fine Arts Houston house museum for American decorative arts and paintings. Displayed in the former home of Houston civic leader and philanthropist Ima Hogg (1882-1975), the collection is one of the finest showcases of American furnishings, silver, ceramics and paintings in the world. The house is situated on 14 acres of organically-maintained gardens in Houston’s historic River Oaks neighborhood.

Brazos Bend State Park
Looking for a “wild” experience? You will find it at Brazos Bend State Park, just 45 miles from downtown Houston! (Please note that some areas of this park are closed due to Hurricane Harvey damage. Please check their website for more information).

Children’s Museum of Houston
With 90,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, our all-inclusive admission ticket provides access to hundreds of activities, workshops, special performances and every exhibit at the top-rated Children’s Museum of Houston. Celebrate your child and make memories to last a lifetime with every visit!

Downtown Aquarium
Downtown Aquarium is the product of redeveloping two downtown Houston landmarks—Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Water Works building.

The Health Museum
In the heart of Houston, The Health Museum inspires passion and curiosity in health, the medical sciences and the human body. With over 2.5 million visitors, we are the most interactive and popular science learning center of its kind and a favorite among Houstonians.

The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park
Tour authentically restored buildings that span the city’s history from before statehood to the oil boom of the early 20th century.

Houston Museum of Natural Science
As one of the most heavily attended museums in the United States and one of the most attended venues in Houston,

Houston Police Department Museum
The Houston Police Department Museum is located in the lobby of Houston Police Department headquarters and features unique displays and a memorial wall honoring the ultimate sacrifice made by those officers that gave their lives in the line of duty. There is no charge for the museum.

Houston Zoo
The Houston Zoo is a 55-acre zoological park located within Hermann Park in Houston.

Kemah Boardwalk
The Kemah Boardwalk is open daily, providing fun for everyone! Located just 20 miles from downtown Houston, the Kemah Boardwalk is home to fabulous waterfront restaurants, amusements, charming retail stores, festivals and seaside shows every day.

Shankz Black Light Miniature Golf
Unique glowing experience! Family fun!

Wet‘n’Wild SplashTown
Wet‘n’Wild SplashTown is a water park located north of Houston on I-45.