News Release | EFS Surpasses $1M Goal Aimed at Addressing the Teacher Shortage in Early Education

The Ritz Carlton Dallas was the scene for “Diving Deep with Mark Cuban,” a fundraiser held by Educational First Steps to benefit childcare providers across North Texas. Dallas Mavericks owner and Shark Tank investor Mark Cuban headlined the event and discussed the importance of education and entrepreneurship with sports radio personality Donovan Lewis of The Ticket. Co-chairs Wasan Alfalahi and Tiffany Cuban lead the evening and shared their personal commitment to early childhood education and the impact it has on the lives of children birth to age five. The benefit surpassed $1 million raised in support of the mission of Educational First Steps and its efforts to address the current teacher shortage crisis. Guests celebrated the highly successful night by dancing with the Dallas Mavericks’ own DJ Poizon Ivy.

According to President & CEO, Vickie Allen, “Surpassing the $1 million goal reflects North Texas’s belief in the mission of Educational First Steps and the importance of early childhood education. Tonight’s success is an indicator of the collective effort to address an issue that plagues the health and vitality of our economy.”

If you would like to support Educational First Steps, you can still make a gift to the event at