Hello, Everyone:

As 2019 draws to a close, it seems a good time for reflection – to evaluate the path taken and measure accomplishment. Our annual Awards and Scholarship party each December is the perfect time for that. This event honors those who have had special athletic or academic accomplishments during the year and is also a look forward to the coming year’s plans and goals. The evening celebrates young kids just getting started with Exceeding Expectations and members who have graduated from high school and college and are now acting as volunteers and mentors to the younger kids.


“Full Circle” Awards
presented by last year’s recipient Nik Keller (UCSD 2015) to
Archi Lai (UCLA 2018) and Isi Ibarra (UC Riverside 2020)


College students, college graduates, and high school seniors
entering next Fall (in addition to either more not in the photo).


With 14 Exceeding Expectations kids currently attending college and 4 more entering in September, the scholarship and grant help we received from our generous donors was greatly appreciated.


Molly Thorpe presents a scholarship in honor of her mother, Goldie,
to Ana Campos (CSUSB 2021)


Vanessa and Geoffrey get scholarships from the Blazeman Foundation,
established by John & MaryAnn Blais in honor of their son, Jon.



A scholarship to Andrew (CS Humboldt 2023) given by David Martin.
Andrew was away at school and we didn’t want to pull him away!


John (Cal Baptist 2020) gets tuition help from John and Lizzie Brenkus.


The McFarland Family Foundation has taken a special interest in John and Nancy Alvarez.


John also gets a big boost from EE’s great friends at Boing WiFi.


We also had two races to end the year. Tinsel Triathlon is a Legacy Race for EE – we’ve participated for 17 years in a row. This year we had 5 young kids racing their first triathlon in a program called Next Step, partially funded by the USA Triathlon Foundation. Each racer was supported by a Race Angel and every newbie crossed the finish line with a big smile and a boat-load of self-confidence!


Race morning. Game faces on!


Proudly showing off their medals at the Awards & Scholarships party.


Many other EE members made a trip to the podium after stellar races.



Santa Paws 5K is one of our favorites, put on by long-time EE supporters Molly and Jay Thorpe. It’s a tough 5K course where the challenge becomes even greater when you’re running in Santa suits alongside dozens of pet dogs!

Richard made top 10 overall in the 5K, then smoked the field
in the 10-and-under Kids’ Run.


EE won the Team Trophy!


2019 was a year of great accomplishment for the EE kids and we plan to make 2020 another good one.

Your help, financial and otherwise*, has made so much possible for these kids and families who are changing their lives. On behalf of everyone in Exceeding Expectations, thank you for being there with us in the past and in the future.

Happy Holidays



* Several innovative-thinking EE supporters have recently made generous donations with a Facebook birthday program. Facebook will send you a message pre-birthday asking if you want to raise money for your birthday for a non-profit. If you chose to, Exceeding Expectations is easy to find using the search function. You write a little blurb about why you want to raise money for EE (which we’re happy to help with, or just copy it from the Mission Statement at www.eefoundation.org) and it gets posted to your timeline where your FB friends can view it and contribute.