Kudos to: Sacramento Area Woodworkers (SAW)
Accomplishment: More than a quarter century of making toys for children
Details: Since 1986, SAW has donated more than 34,000 wooden toys from puzzles and doll beds to trucks, rocking horses and trains to Sacramento-area children. Most of the toys, distributed by the Salvation Army, are made in the home workshops of SAW members.
Kudos to: Kyriacos Athanasiou, UC Davis professor
Accomplishment: Awarded Nemitsas Prize, created to honor Cypriot scientists
Details: Athanasiou received the award for achievements in biomedical engineering, including co-inventing a device used in a Haiti cholera epidemic. The kit he helped develop is used to insert intravenous lines directly into the bones of people whose veins are inaccessible due to dehydration or shock.
Kudos to: Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center
Accomplishment: 40 years in operation
Details: SAEHC began in 1972 by providing emergency housing and basic services to seven homeless families with two staff members and a $25,000 annual budget. Today, SAEHC employs 72 people, serving more than 2,000 people annually. The organization operates 16 programs at seven locations.
Kudos to: California State University, Sacramento, civil engineering students
Accomplishment: Won the design competition sponsored by the Structural Engineers Association of Central California
Details: The students Chris Ellicock, Adam Youngson, Nick Hamann, Alban Gjongecaj, Max Hardy and Vandalist Kith topped competitors from UC Davis, University of the Pacific and California State University, Chico.