The Last Word: How Dirk Nowitski Helped Raise Over $1.3M for Educational First Steps

“Dirk really brought his soul to the conversation.”

Vickie Allen-Brown
President and CEO
Educational First Steps
.…on how Dirk Nowitski helped raise over $1.3M for her nonprofit in support of early childhood education in North Texas. 

Here's "who said what" in Dallas Innovates Every Day.Educational First Steps is a Dallas-based nonprofit that supports early learning environments for children from birth to age five in North Texas. It delivers professional development, training, classroom resources, and business support to educators to help existing childcare centers achieve and maintain national accreditation.

Vickie Allen-Brown

And last week, it got a big assist in doing this from Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitski. The 2023 NBA Hall of Fame finalist was the featured speaker at a benefit held at The Ritz Carlton Dallas which raised over $1.3 million for the nonprofit. 

Nowitski shared his story of perseverance and determination for a sold-out crowd of 500, offering “a reflection of his and Jessica’s care for children and the North Texas community as a whole,” Allen-Brown said in a statement. “We were honored to have hosted him and we are forever grateful to each and every individual who stepped up to invest in the lives of children and their early education experience.”

During the benefit, Susan Hoff, chief strategy and impact officer for United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, presented the inaugural Early Childhood Champion Awards to philanthropist and early childhood education advocate Regen Horchow and EFS’ corporate partner, PNC Bank.

The award recognizes “those that go above and beyond to advocate, support, and ensure high-quality early childhood education is accessible to all.”

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