Published: Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 3B
Last Modified: Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 - 9:21 am

Kudos to: Silvia Porter, quilter

Accomplishment: Created lap quilts for the comfort of terminally ill patients

Details: Porter has made dozens of quilts that have been donated to Sutter Hospice. Patients receive great comfort from their beauty and warmth. The quilts have become treasured mementos for grieving family members.

Kudos to: Marvin Young, Aerojet vice president of engineering

Accomplishment: Received Purdue University's Outstanding Mechanical Engineer Award, given to exemplary alumni

Details: Young, with Aerojet 26 years, oversees more than 700 mechanical, electrical, systems and software engineers for the company. His leadership drives the development of rocket propulsion systems for defense and aerospace.

Kudos to: Friends of Sacramento Public Library

Accomplishment: Received the 2012 California Library Trustees and Commissioners Association award for outstanding service to a library

Details: The 4,300-member organization advocates for Sacramento public libraries and provides funding for books, materials, programs and activities. Funding is primarily accomplished by selling discarded and donated books and materials.

Kudos to: Lyon Real Estate agents, brokers and employees

Accomplishment: Collected 5,500 donated winter coats for people in need

Details: The annual October donation drive collected coats in 17 communities served by Lyon offices throughout the Sacramento region. The new or lightly used coats will be distributed through nonprofits, including Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services and the Salvation Army.

Kudos to: George Becker, Lincoln High School student

Accomplishment: His image will be depicted on a float in the Tournament of Roses parade

Details: Becker decided to register as an organ and tissue donor when he received his driver's license at age 16. His mother, Connie May, said what her son thought was flu in 2010 resulted in him being hospitalized for a sinus infection and he later died. His liver was transplanted into 15-year-old Alfonso Garcia. Garcia, now 18, will ride on the float.

– Bill Lindelof

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