The First Annual Dr. George Bark Golf Outing and Fundraiser made its debut on June 8, 2018, at Railside Golf Course in Gibson City. Because Dr. Bark was passionate about providing quality care to his patients and teaching rural medical students at the University Of Illinois College of Medicine, the proceeds from this memorial golf outing will fund a scholarship for a rural health provider at Gibson Area Hospital & Health Services, the healthcare organization that embraced Dr. Bark’s desire to serve as a hometown doctor in Paxton, Illinois.
Dr. Bark’s personal interests included golfing and competitive barbecuing, making the Dr. George Bark Golf Outing and Fundraiser a fitting tribute to continue the legacy he left at Gibson Area Hospital. Over one hundred of Dr. Bark’s friends, family members, and coworkers gathered to champion his cause for rural health on the course and enjoy a meal prepared by Railside Golf Club and Chris Engelbrecht, one of Dr. Bark’s fellow pit masters.
The Gibson Area Hospital Foundation appreciated the support of their premier sponsor Country Financial, as well as the course sponsors, volunteers, and golfers who made the inaugural event a success.