Kudos to: Sandra Robinson, super fundraiser
Accomplishment: Named 2013 Survivor of the Year by the Albie Aware Breast Cancer Foundation
Details: Robinson raised $18,500, partly from customers at NuArts salon on Watt Avenue, where she is a nail stylist. Diagnosed in 2011, she needed a prescription during radiation treatment; her insurance didn't cover the $200 cost. A client told her of Albie Aware, which picked up the tab. Ever since, she's been trying to pay it forward.
Kudos to: Sleep Train foster kids program
Accomplishment: Won award from Casey Family Programs, a national group that improves lives of vulnerable children
Details: Sleep Train has helped children in foster care for more than two decades with drives to collect clothing, coats, shoes, school supplies and toys. Donations raised from its website and charitable events have benefited 40 groups serving kids.
Kudos to: Alexa DeMarse, a student at Natoma Station Elementary School
Accomplishment: First place in the California Heritage Essay Contest sponsored by the Assistance League of Sacramento
Details: More than 1,200 students submitted essays titled "A Day at the Governor's Mansion in 1903." The contest starts with presentations in fourth-grade classrooms. Assistance League members present a slide show and display a trunk filled with items. Then students submit essays.