Kudos to: Sacramento Urban Forestry Manager Joe Benassini
Accomplishment: Champion of Trees award from the Arbor Day Foundation
Details: Benassini was one of 16 individuals and organizations honored for outstanding contribution to tree planting, conservation and stewardship. Benassini received the Champion of Trees award for leadership in advancing effective forestry public policy. The group said that under Benassini's leadership, Sacramento developed a complete street care and park tree inventory. Benassini brought in outside experts to help train city crews to log work hours and tree history, according to the foundation.
Kudos to: Lonnie Ratzlaff
Accomplishment: Named devoted volunteer on the Roll of Honor 2012 by the Old City Cemetery Committee
Details: The committee honors selected volunteers each year for inclusion on the roll of honor stone at the Historic City Cemetery. Ratzlaff has been a volunteer since 2002 and has been a board member, gardener and coordinator for cemetery events.
Kudos to: Students at California Northstate University College of Pharmacy in Rancho Cordova
Accomplishment: The college chapter of the Vietnamese Cancer Awareness Research and Education Society hosted a symposium primarily for pharmacists to raise awareness of ovarian cancer in Vietnamese women.
Details: With a grant, the students conducted the symposium to inform pharmacists about the prevalence of ovarian cancer in the Vietnamese community. Vietnamese women are not always educated about the signs of ovarian cancer and pharmacists are key to educating women about the disease, according to the college.
Kudos to: The Soldiers Project/Sacramento
Accomplishment: First lady Michelle Obama honored the local project and 19 other nonprofit organizations that support military families at a White House ceremony.
Details: TSP/Sacramento was honored for its Family Ties program, which offers free mental health treatment in a group setting to military family members. The Sacramento unit of TSP has about 45 volunteer therapists in eight counties, providing nearly 1,000 hours of therapy last year to military members and their families.
Compiled by Bee staff