Minnesota United and Allina Health recognize the significance of active community involvement. We commend the participants and volunteers that dedicate their time, talents, and compassion to the hundreds of programs that help support our community. That's why, at every home game, we spotlight a community member for their exceptional contributions. Watch the pre-game video board to see who's being honored for making our shared community a better place to live and flourish.

Past Award Recipients


Kent Peterson

Kent has volunteered for 5 years at Allina Health’s St. Francis Regional Medical Center, serving as the go-to person for patients and visitors, helping them navigate the campus and feel welcomed and comfortable. For Kent, volunteering is especially rewarding when he is able to provide comfort and reassurance to patients and families in a difficult time.

Date Honored: April 27, 2024


Cindy Andrade

Cindy is a Business Supervisor within Allina's Business Operations Department and actively participates in the BIPOC Employee Resource Group. Being a first-generation Latina in her family, she believes in the importance of assisting fellow people of color in accessing career-building opportunities and guidance within fulfilling environments like healthcare. Cindy serves as a beacon of possibility for other women of color, encouraging them to pursue and achieve leadership roles.

Date Honored: April 13, 2024


Rebekah Ferguson-Shand

Rebekah's lifelong dedication to volunteering began in childhood and remains integral to her life. As a devoted participant in Free Bikes 4 Kidz, she helps provide bikes to children who might not be able to afford one so they can lead healthier lives. Her contagious compassion and drive to create a positive future for her neighbors and community inspire all those around her.

Date Honored: April 6, 2024


Stella Frangiadakis

Stella is currently a student at the University of Minnesota and enjoys spending her free time volunteering for Abbott Northwestern’s Phillips Eye Institute Early Youth Eyecare program. As a lead vision screener, Stella is passionately committed to creating a more equitable community by increasing access to vision care for children. The Early Youth Eyecare program operates in Minneapolis and St. Paul school districts, helping more than 27,000 students annually.

Date Honored: March 20, 2024


Zuly Duarte

Zuly has graciously dedicated over 115 hours as a Eucharistic Minister at United Hospital. In her volunteer role, she provides prayer and spiritual support to patients, contributing positively to their healing journey. She particularly enjoys connecting with Spanish-speaking patients and visitors, using her native language to foster meaningful connections.

Date Honored: March 16, 2024


Sarah Clark

In addition to being an Oncology Pharmacist at Allina’s Specialty Pharmacy, Sarah is a dedicated volunteer with the Pay It Forward Fund, a non-profit organization that helps alleviate financial burden for patients undergoing cancer treatment. Hearing patient stories and the impact of the work inspires her to continue going above and beyond in our community.

Date Honored: March 2, 2024

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