Hugh Miller and Steve Groth, the 2016 recipient of the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute.

The Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute was established by the late community philanthropist, Benjamin A. Miller, in the name of his wife, Adith. The Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute is now presented by Hugh Miller and RTP Company. Community members were invited to nominate an individual, group or organization for their exceptional generosity and service to the greater Winona community. This could include generosity of time, spirit, talent and charitable gifts.

Winona Health is especially grateful to the Hugh and Vera Miller family and RTP Company for their gift in honor of this year’s Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute recipient, Jon Kohner. This $25,000 gift will support the Winona Health Patient Care Fund. The Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund helps cover expenses for community members in need of care but without the resources to pay for it.

Steve Groth received the 2016 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute at a dinner held in his honor on Wednesday, April 19. The Community Service Tribute is awarded to a person or group whose generosity has led to the betterment of the Winona area.

In her nomination of Groth, Jodi Dansingburg, principal of the Ridgeway Community School, wrote “if you were to ask anyone who lives in or near the village of Ridgeway Minnesota who is the top volunteer in their community there is little doubt in my mind that they would respond, “Well that’s easy, Steve “Pug” Groth”. A native of Ridgeway, Minnesota Steve has contributed to all aspects of the community for his entire adult life including public safety responsibilities such as the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department (32 years) and First Responders (15 years). As the volunteer coordinator for all four of Ridgeway Community School’s major renovation projects, Dansingburg wrote that Groth put in ‘hundreds and hundreds of hours of volunteer time’ working on demolition and construction projects in addition to providing volunteer maintenance services at the school.

A member of the Ridgeway Community Association Board member since 2007, Steve has also served as president and member of the Ridgeway Athletic Committee (25 years), a volunteer umpire for little league baseball Umpire (16 years), and coordinated and facilitated numerous community fundraising or health and wellness events.

Accepting the award, Groth said he was ‘surprised and humbled’ to receive such an honor and said that his community service is a ‘group effort’.
Hugh and Vera Miller and RTP Company generously gave $25,000 to the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund in Groth’s honor. This is the 29th consecutive year that the Miller family has sponsored the Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute to benefit the Patient Care Fund.

Those who would like to make a gift to the Winona Health Foundation in honor of Groth may direct their gift to the Winona Health Foundation by mail: 855 Mankato Ave., Winona, MN 55987, or online:

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