PRESS RELEASE - Stars of Texas Gala - Oct 27



Contact person:  Stacy McMahan, ET4L Media & Public Relations Director
Contact number:  (903) 500-2292

Gilmer, Texas:  East Texans for Liberty’s 4th Annual Stars of Texas Fall Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the Gilmer Civic Center located at 1218 U.S. Highway 271 North in Gilmer at 6:00 pm. 

“Confirmed keynote speakers are the Honorable Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Honorable Freedom Caucus Chairman and House Representative Matt Schaefer (Tyler, District 6),” said ET4L President and Executive Director Stacy McMahan.

Ken Paxton is Texas’ 51st Attorney General.  General Paxton has had multiple accomplishments with the most notable being his fight against Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), enacted by Executive Order under Former Democratic President Barack Obama, creating the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, and saving Texas’ voter ID and anti-sanctuary cities laws in Federal Court.

Representative and Texas Freedom Caucus Chairman Matt Schaefer, a Navy serviceman, assumed office in 2013 and has been a leader in promoting the conservative grassroots voice, a voice largely ignored by the establishment, in East Texas.  Schaefer’s most notable accomplishments, all signed into law, are legislation that allows electronic voting for military members in combat zones, co-sponsoring legislation that preserved the Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS) by restoring it to financial solvency, and co-authoring the ban on late-term abortions after 20 weeks and requiring stronger health and safety standards for abortion clinics. 

“The Freedom Caucus stands strong against toll roads, and they’re credited with helping the grassroots get 6-out-of-7 anti-toll reforms into law last year” said Terri Hall, is the founder of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) and a contributor to SFPPR News & Analysis of the conservative-online-journalism center at the Washington-based Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research.

Also joining the Gala are David Barton, founder of Wallbuilders, KrisAnne Hall, Constitutional Educator, the Republican Party of Texas Vice-Chair Alma Perez Jackson, along with a surprise guest U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert, Rafael Cruz, father of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, and Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian. 

ET4L is sponsoring KrisAnne Hall for two constitutional seminars on Friday, October 26.  Hall will be meeting with area homeschoolers at the Longview Public Library and students at the Christian Heritage Classical School.

"It is exciting to have KrisAnne meeting with area youth," said organizer and ET4L Hospitality Chair Darlene Rappazzo.

Last May, ET4L sponsored KrisAnne Hall’s Peace Officer's Training with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department.  

A General Admission ticket is $25.  General Ticket holders should arrive no later than 6:00 PM. 

For access in the VIP Private Reception with Gala speakers and honorable elected officials such as Congressman Louie Gohmert (Tyler, TX), Senator Bryan Hughes (Mineola, TX), and Representative Jay Dean (Longview, TX), see or call (903) 500-2292. The VIP Private Reception begins at 5:15 pm.

The catered dinner includes a boneless stuffed chicken breast with sauce or brisket, fresh green beans garnished with bacon, roasted potatoes, four-cheese macaroni, salad, bread (including a Gluten-free choice), an elaborate fresh fruit and dessert display, and includes tea and gourmet coffee choices. Returning again this year is Mama Tee’s Catering. Tee Allen is the owner and proprietor. 

The Stars of Texas Gala is the organization’s annual fundraiser. 

ET4L utilizes donations for expenses relating to their monthly meeting venue, speaker fees, hotel accommodations, and their travel expenses, advertising, catering expenses, educational materials, Get Out the Vote expenses, website, operating expenses, and the like.  Donations to ET4L are not tax deductible. 

“ET4L receives no government funding – no tax dollars and is a volunteer-led organization. Our mission is to affect public policy at the local, state, and national levels consistent with the core values of constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets, to attract, educate, organize, and empower people in our community,” said ET4L PAC Treasurer Jennifer Audet. 

ET4L meets monthly on the second Monday, with the exception of October and December, at the Lantana Activity Center in Gilmer. There is no cost for the organization’s monthly meetings, wherein a complimentary dinner is provided.  The complimentary dinner begins at 6:30 pm with the program from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  The organization does not meet in the month of December to celebrate the meaning of Christmas with family and friends.

ET4L has been recognized for collecting funds for active shooter vests for Upshur County Sheriff’s Department, four Upshur County Constables, and Big Sandy and Ore City Police Departments. The organization has also been recognized as being instrumental in the passage of ‘No Confidence’ Resolutions, in House Speaker Joe Straus, passed by 13 of the 16 counties in Senate District 1, as well as many of the other 52 GOP resolutions passed statewide.  Leadership in ET4L have also been recognized, in 2017, as the Republican Party of Texas Volunteer of the Year for Senate District 1 and the Conservative Leadership Award by Empower Texans, and is a coalition partner with Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition and Senate District 1 Conservative Grassroots Coalition.

2017’s Stars of Texas Gala included U.S. Congressman Louie Gohmert, Lt. Col. Allen West, Republican Party of Texas Chairman James Dickey, Empower Texans Michael Quinn Sullivan, and Judge Dean Fowler.

ET4L is home-based in Gilmer, and services Upshur County and Senate District 1.