LAS VEGAS – The Public Education Foundation raised more than $500,000 at its Education Hero Award Gala at the Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas, where four hundred fifty guests attended the September gala to celebrate the outstanding contributions of three distinguished Nevadans, including the leader of a mining company with ties to northeastern Nevada.
The foundation honored Michael J. Brown and Barrick Gold Corp. with its prestigious Education Hero Award. Hall of Fame boxing referee Richard Steele also was honored with the Champion of Children Award and Nevada Senator Debbie Smith was celebrated posthumously 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 and CEO of The Public Education 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.
Brown and Barrick made “significant charitable and civic contributions to public education and have been dedicated to the advancement of educational opportunities for all children,” according to a Barrick announcement. “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.”