The Public Education Foundation raised more than $500,000 at its Education Hero Award Gala at the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas on Saturday. Four hundred and fifty guests attended the gala to celebrate the outstanding contributions of three distinguished Nevadans.
The Foundation honored Michael J. Brown and Barrick Gold Corporation with its prestigious Education Hero Award. Hall of Fame boxing referee Richard Steele was honored with the Champion of Children Award and Nevada Senator Debbie Smith (posthumously) was celebrated with the Lifetime Education Achievement Award.
“Each honoree has left an indelible legacy on public education in our community and state,” said Judi Steele, President & CEO of The Public Education Foundation.
Each year The Public Education Foundation is proud to showcase student talent. Among the schools and organizations participating and performing at this year’s Gala were Del Sol Academy Dance Ensemble, Basic Academy Madrigal Choir, Mojave High School Guitar Quartet, Odyssey Charter Schools, Social CirKISH and Sierra Vista High School Army JROTC. Accomplished pianist Sherry Kim, a 2010 Clark High School graduate, performed during the dinner.
This year’s gala introduced many Clark County School District graduates who are now making their mark at the Foundation.
“The Education Hero Award Gala celebrated the heroes in our midst and thanked them for their extraordinary commitment to improving public education for our children,” Steele said.
The Education Hero Award Gala is The Public Education Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser. Proceeds from the event support the Foundation’s programs and initiatives designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Southern Nevada’s public schools.