The Ben & Adith Miller Classic will be Monday, August 10, at Cedar Valley Golf Course.
The annual golf outing , now in its 25 year, is a fundraiser for the Ben & Adith Patient Care Fund, a special fund through the Winona Health Foundation that provides financial assistance to help individuals in need pay for medical care.
A recent Patient Care Fund recipient sent this note to the Foundation: The Patient Care Fund was there for me when I was at my lowest. I’ve been in the hospital and missed work to the point that I couldn’t pay my bills. Just to know that one bill is out of the way, it just made me cry. I am so happy.
“So many people, including many who never anticipated having a serious health issue or needing financial assistance, have been profoundly grateful for this fund,” said Betsy Midthun, vice president of Community Engagement at Winona Health. “The Ben and Adith Miller Patient Care Fund is a prime example of generosity in our community.”
In addition to the 18-hole Main Event, the full day of activities includes a free public golf exhibition, a 9-hole Youth Tournament for golfers ages 11 to 18 in the morning, and the Green Monster Challenge, a 9-hole scramble during the afternoon.
This year’s event features golf pro Tina Mickelson. Growing up in a golf-intensive family, Tina developed a passion for the game. She became a teaching professional in 1991 and received her Class “A” certification in 1994. Her keen analysis of the golf swing makes her one of the great teachers of our day. She has worked for CBS as a ground reporter for coverage of the LPGA Tour and has been a regular on many radio sports talk shows and television newscasts, serving as a golf analyst and providing insight on a variety of aspects of the golf industry. Tina will give an exhibition that is free and open to the public at 10 a.m. and will join golfers on the course during the main event and do an exhibition for participants later in the day.
The Youth Tournament begins at 7 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast. The Youth Tournament, open to boys and girls ages 11 to 18, features a four-person scramble with prizes. Registration is $10 per person. Golfers can register in teams or as individuals and be assigned to a foursome.
Green Monster Challenge
The Green Monster Challenge begins at 12:15 with registration and a light lunch at Cedar Valley Restaurant. After lunch, participants will head out on carts for a 1:30 shotgun start on Cedar Valley’s Green Monster course. The format is a four-person scramble with hole prizes and competition prizes. Registration is $100 per person and includes lunch, refreshments on the course, a participation gift and a photo of your foursome. Hole sponsorships are available for $500 and include registration for four.
18-hole Main Event
The Main Event begins at 11 a.m. with registration and an outdoor grilled lunch. The shotgun start is at noon, and the format is a four-person scramble. There will be hole prizes and competition prizes, followed by a reception and exhibition by Tina Mickelson and an awards banquet at Cedar Valley Restaurant. Participation in the Main Event is through a hole sponsorship only, which is $2,500 and includes all of the above, plus refreshments on the course, a participation gift and photo with Tina Mickelson.
Registration for the Youth Tournament and the Green Monster Challenge is open through Friday, July 31. Both the Youth Tournament and the Green Monster Challenge are presented by Merchants Bank. Space for all events is limited, and golfers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.
In fiscal year 2014, 354 people received $925,091 in financial assistance for medical expenses through the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund.
For more information about the Ben & Adith Miller Classic or the Patient Care Fund, contact the Winona Health Foundation at 507.457.4116 or email Betsy Midthun at firstname.lastname@example.org.