Eunice Andren is honored for her volunteer work with two groups --- the Minneapolis Aquatennial and the Hopkins Center for the Arts.
Her involvement with the Aquatennial began in 1990 when she was crowned Senior Queen. She's been helping with the premiere summer event ever since. In addition to chairing five major events, Eunice spearheaded the drive to start the Aquatennial talent competition.
Eunice got involved with the Hopkins Center for the Arts at the ground level --- when the site was still covered with scraggly grass. Her excitement for the project started after hearing about it at a city council meeting. She helped guide the project from the blueprint stage all the way through it's grand opening.
Eunice encourages others to "get off your butt and start doing things for other people. You'll forget about your own problems in the process." As proof of that motto, consider how she shares her love of music with others. Eunice teaches children to play the piano and organ. She does this despite having lost four fingers on her left hand in a lawn mowing accident. While still in the hospital, she decided that she would play the piano again. And so she did!
Her philosophy on life: "With prayer and determination, you can overcome most obstacles."
Little Sisters of the Poor St. Paul Seminary