The Ben & Adith Miller Classic will be on Monday, August 14, at Cedar Valley Golf Course.
The annual golf outing, now in its 27th 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, and the Green Monster Challenge, a nine-hole scramble during the afternoon.
Troy Merritt is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and the Web.com Tour. Born in Osage, Iowa, Merritt played college golf at Winona State University through his sophomore year then transferred to Boise State University.
Merritt turned professional in 2008 and his first win on the Nationwide Tour came in September 2009 at the Mexico Open. In December 2009, Merritt became only the third golfer to medal at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament by leading after every round, and won by one stroke over veteran Jeff Maggert with a score of 22-under-par.
Merritt will give a free demonstration at Cedar Valley Golf Course that is open to community members on Monday, August 14, at 10 a.m.
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 Troy Merritt 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 Troy Merritt.
Registration for the 18-hole Main Event and the Green Monster Challenge is open through Monday, July 31. Space for all events is limited, and golfers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.
In fiscal year 2016, 333 people received $750,813 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 507-457-4394 or email Emily Hoff at firstname.lastname@example.org.