Marlene Kohner received the 2011 Ben & Adith Miller Community Service Tribute Award at a dinner held in her honor on Tuesday, April 24. The Community Service Tribute is awarded to the person, persons or group whose efforts have led to the betterment of the Winona area.
Kohner was nominated by Sally Bublitz, Dragana Jurkovic who wrote that Kohner has not only had a positive impact on Winona and the surrounding area, but also on many individual lives through her kind and giving nature.
According to her nomination, Kohner has devoted time and her seemingly endless drive to a wide variety of organizations and events including the United Way, the American Cancer Society, Daffodil Days, the Saint Mary’s University board and the school board for Winona Area Public Schools. She played a part in making the Bud King Ice Arena possible and has contributed to, and been a board member of, the Rock Solid Youth Center. She also volunteered in various capacities as a member of the Winona Health Auxiliary.
One of the biggest impacts Kohner and her husband, Bob, have had is in being foster parents. In addition to all of her time volunteering, she and Bob helped raise more than 30 children over the years as foster parents. All have gone on to create successful lives for themselves. According to Marlene, all of the children broke out of “the system.”
Hugh and Vera Miller and RTP Company donated $25,000 to the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Patient Care Fund in Kohner’s honor.
This is the 24th consecutive year that the Miller Family has sponsored the Winona Health Foundation’s Ben & Adith Miller Tribute to benefit the Patient Care Fund. Since its inception, the fund has helped 2,643 families pay for more than $6.3 million in healthcare expenses.
For more information about the Winona Health Foundation or for information about how you can make a donation to the Patient Care Fund, call Nancy Brown, executive director of development at 507.457.4342, or visit winonahealth.org/foundation.