Cynthia Huse of Madison has been named one of Minnesota’s “50 Over 50” — 50 individuals being honored as accomplished community leaders who are defying stereotypes about aging.
After decades of being active in her community in Madison, it would have been easy for Cynthia to say, “I did my part, now it’s your turn.” But that’s not her style. Perhaps that’s why it’s hard to find a local project that doesn’t have her fingerprints on it: the veteran’s memorial, the new swimming pool, recent baseball-field renovations, and ongoing school and library improvements are just a few of the ways Cynthia remains engaged in her community.
She recently co-chaired Madison’s application for the Blandin Foundation’s Community Leadership Program and is now leading the charge to recruit dozens of the future leaders of her community to participate in the program.
Fittingly, Cynthia was honored in the Community Building category of the “50 over 50.” As Chair of the Madison Community Foundation’s advisory board, a position she’s held from day one, Cynthia recruits volunteers to serve on the board and secures city and community partners for projects. She also seeks contributions from local families and businesses. Thanks to her efforts, the foundation and a handful of related funds have received more than $950,465 from 660 donors. Cynthia could likely name each one.
“The impact that Cynthia has made and is making is incredible. She is a remarkable example of the contributions Minnesotans over the age of 50 are making in communities of all kinds, colors and sizes. 50 Over 50 shows the true face of aging in Minnesota, vibrant, experienced, dedicated individuals who are making a difference and aren’t interested in slowing down,” said Will Phillips, Director of AARP Minnesota.
The final 50 honorees were selected from a pool of more than 175 nominations that were submitted earlier in the year. Candidates were nominated in five different categories; Nonprofit, Arts and Culture, Community Building, Business and Disruptor. A 10-ember selection panel worked with AARP and Pollen to determine the final honorees.