Educational First Steps to host “Striving for Greatness with Allyson Felix” benefit gala at the Ritz-Carlton Dallas

(Featured photo: Angela Hosseini and Lupe Mora Duarte, event chairs.)*

The Most Decorated U.S. Track and Field Olympian Returns to North Texas in Support of Early Childhood Education and Childcare.

Educational First Steps (EFS) and event co-chairs Angela Hosseini and Lupe Mora-Duarte are proud to announce the “Striving for Greatness with Allyson Felix” benefit gala taking place on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at The Ritz-Carlton Dallas. Special guest Allyson Felix, the most decorated track and field Olympian, mother, and women’s rights activist is returning to North Texas to shine light on the importance of early childhood education and childcare in our community. Kristi Nelson, three-time Emmy Award-winning news anchor with NBC 5, will serve as the host and moderator for the evening.

Vickie Allen-Brown, EFS President & CEO.*

“Allyson’s winning attitude and advocacy both on and off the track embodies our organization’s mission and values,” said Vickie Allen-Brown, EFS President & CEO. “We are thrilled to welcome her back to North Texas for a timely and much needed conversation about the future of our young children and the impact early education has on the overall community and economy.”

As an eleven-time Olympic medalist, seven-time Olympic champion, and world record holder, Allyson Felix has won a mind-blowing, thirty-one global medals at the Olympics and World Championships.  As the headliner for the “Striving for Greatness with Allyson Felix” gala, she will discuss her ability to transform adversity into winning opportunities, her commitment to advocating for women and the importance of early childhood education.

Allyson is passionate about the mission of EFS and her advocacy for the rights of female athletes. Her actions have transformed the athletic maternity protection policies and guaranteed athletes’ pay and bonuses throughout and after pregnancy. Allyson’s actions also helped ensure that complimentary childcare would be offered at the National Championships for competing athletes.

“It is a great honor to have Allyson Felix join us for our signature benefit gala that will raise awareness and funds for the Educational First Steps programs and initiatives that help empower parents and teachers, while creating a brighter future for children,” said Lupe Mora-Duarte, event co-chair.

The “Striving for Greatness with Allyson Felix” gala will be an evening of elegance made possible by presenting sponsor The Addy Foundation and a plethora of amazing supporting sponsors. The event features a VIP meet and greet, luxurious auction items and a seated dinner in the Ritz-Carlton’s ballroom that will begin at 6:30 p.m. For sponsorships or to learn more about the event, please visit

About Educational First Steps

Educational First Steps (EFS), has been creating and supporting high-quality early learning environments that ignite the minds of children from birth to age five across North Texas for over 30 years. Through its early childhood education program, the Four Steps to Excellence, the organization transforms existing childcare centers into nationally accredited preschools – at no cost to teachers, families or communities.  By investing in early childhood education, EFS aims to help close achievement gaps for early learners, break cycles of generational poverty for families, and create a brighter and more equitable tomorrow for the children and communities of North Texas. Learn more at

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