The Public Education Foundation will honor Michael J. Brown and Barrick Gold Corporation with its Education Hero Award, Hall of Fame boxing referee Richard Steele with its Champion of Children Award and Senator Debbie Smith (posthumous) with its Lifetime Education Achievement Award at its annual Education Hero Award Gala at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas.
“We are celebrating the achievements of individuals who have dedicated themselves to the enduring belief that public education can transform the lives of all children,” said Judi Steele, President & CEO of The Public Education Foundation.
- Michael J. Brown, who is President of Barrick USA, and Barrick Gold Corporation have made significant charitable and civic contributions to public education and have been dedicated to the advancement of educational opportunities for all children. They have distinguished themselves by their longstanding commitment to public education and engagement with The Public Education Foundation, including actively growing the Foundation’s leadership programs.
- Richard Steele is much more than a legendary boxing referee. He is a humanitarian who, through his work at the Richard Steele Foundation and untold other acts of kindness, has mentored and inspired thousands of youth from disadvantaged communities to realize their full potential.
- Senator Debbie Smith, who worked tirelessly as an advocate for quality public education and was universally revered by parents, educators and fellow state lawmakers for her dedication and integrity, is being honored for her indomitable spirit and passion to improve and transform public education.
Tickets to the Education Hero Award Gala are $750 per person. Corporate sponsorships still are available. All proceeds from the event, including a silent and live auction, support the Foundation’s programs and initiatives to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Southern Nevada’s public schools. Seating is very limited. To obtain more information, please call The Public Education Foundation at (702) 799-1042 or visit thepef.org/hero.