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27th Annual Soaring to
Excellence Celebration

April 30, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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The Ed Fund proudly announces our 27th Annual Soaring to Excellence Celebration which showcases and recognizes the academic achievements of educators from West Contra Costa County. We’ll also be featuring the accomplishments of our nonprofit partners in the fields of college access and out-of-school time. Learn more about our Sponsorship and Tribute Ad Opportunities.

Teaching Excellence Awardees

Brent Knapp, Special Education Teacher, Lupine Hills Elementary School

Maribel Lopez, 2nd Grade Teacher, Dover Elementary School

Molly Salyk, 2nd Grade Teacher, Coronado Elementary School

Andre Shie, 7th Grade/Pre-Algebra Teacher, Walter T. Helms Middle School

Keith Valdez, Kindergarten Teacher, Hanna Ranch Elementary School

Collaborative Partner Awardee

Liz Chavez, Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP), University of California

Scholarship Recipients

Also at this event, we be honoring the Ed Fund Scholarship recipients. 66 graduating seniors from the West Contra Costa Unified School District will receive an Ed Fund Scholarship to attend college this fall. Click here to see the full list of 2015 Scholars.

Scholarship Donors

CollegeĀ Futures Foundation

Irene S. Scully Family Foundation

The James Irvine Foundation

Schroeder Family Foundation

Whittier Educational Foundation

Early Event Sponsors

Magne Cum Laude


Cum Laude

Chamberlin Family Foundation

Chevron Products Company

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Orbach Huff Suarez & Henderson, LLP

Whittier Educational Foundation

Dean’s List

Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

Deems Lewis McKinley Architecture

The Irene S. Scully Family Foundation

Kaiser Permanente

Mechanics Bank

WLC Architects, Inc.

Honor Roll

Edrington, Schirmer & Murphy

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost

IBEW Local 302

Levin Richmond Terminal Corp.

Lozano Smith, Attorneys at Law

In-Kind Donors

Awardee photos provided by Fine Flicks by Don Gosney

Event photography provided by David Lee

Facility provided by theĀ West Contra Costa Unified School District


April 30, 2015
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm


The Ed Fund
(510) 233-1464


El Cerrito High School
540 Ashbury Avenue
El Cerrito, CA 94530 United States
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