Kudos to: Tracy Whipple, fundraiser
Accomplishment: Raised $4,300 for Orangevale Food Bank
Details: Whipple organized fundraisers to raise money at Rollingwood Athletic Club in Fair Oaks, where she works. She spent two months raising money for the food bank, which provides fresh food to neighbors in need.
Kudos to: Mike Gorton, blood donor
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Accomplishment: Inducted into the Fenwal Blood Donation Hall of Fame
Details: Gorton has donated nearly 300 units of blood. He donates plasma, a blood component needed by patients experiencing massive blood loss and by mothers with post-childbirth complications. He also volunteers at BloodSource blood drives.
Kudos to: Karima Bennoune, author
Accomplishment: Winner in nonfiction category of Dayton Literary Peace Prize
Details: Bennoune, a professor at the UC Davis School of Law, was honored for her book “Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism.” She profiles people across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.
– Bill Lindelof