Seen In Natomas: The N Factor Awards

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The N Factor community awards ceremony, held over the weekend, recognized Natomas-area businesses and residents who make the community a great place to live and work. Here are some of the highlights.

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The N Factor was held at the Benvenuti Performing Arts Center in Natomas.

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Cub Scout Pack #402 kicked off the event by performing the flag ceremony and leading the pledge of allegiance.

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TV news anchor and Natomas resident Stefanie Cruz, Master of Ceremonies at The N Factor.

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River City Comics & Games won the “Distinguished Community Business Partner” category for providing a safe place for kids to go after school.

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Beth Southorn, executive director of LifeSTEPS, accepted the “Distinguished Community Service” award. LifeSTEPS provides support services to low-income residents.

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“Outstanding Teen Service” nominees (l to r) Alaysia Brown, Ashley Yang, Martin Rubalcava, Yaseen Gamal and Zachary Mullins.

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Inderkum senior Ashley Yang won the “Outstanding Teen Service” award for helping grow the PLAY program to over 30 volunteers clocking nearly 500 hours of service.

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Natomas business owner and Assemblyman Richard Pan presented Natomas Park Elementary School teacher Geri Ayoade with the “Outstanding Service to Youth” award for her work providing after-school services at the Atrium Court Apartments complex.


Natomas Chamber of Commerce president Danielle Marshall announced the “Distinguished Chamber Member” awards. The winner in the individual category was Dan Trescott of AIM and the winner in the company category was Dennis Spear for publishing N Magazine.

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Councilman Steve Hansen announces the “District Four Councilmembers’ Award.”

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Two Rivers Elementary School PTA volunteer Rachel Perry accepts the “District Four Councilmember’s Award.”

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Sacramento Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby introduces the “District One Difference Maker” award.

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English teacher Melissa Mathews accepts the “District One Difference Maker” award for being instrumental in keeping the senior project program going at Inderkum High School after its funding was cut.

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Retired Sacramento police officer John Banks received a special recognition award for his work promoting student safety at Natomas-area schools over a two-year period.

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Assemblyman Richard Pan and Vice Mayor Angelique Ashby pose with Molly Fling, winner of the “Couldn’t Have Done It Without You” award for her volunteer work at the Natomas Police and Community Resource Center.


  1. What an incredibly fun event! Looking forward to next year’s awards :)


  1. […] Molly earned awards many times over for her extraordinary dedication to volunteering. She was recognized citywide by the Sacramento Mayor and Sacramento City Council and was honored at the N Factor awards by State Senate Dr. Richard Pan and Mayor Pro Tem Ashby. […]

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