First-Annual John Barton Memorial Golf Outing Raises Funds For Cancer Research

John Barton (center) with Coach Bob Schick (left) and Jerry Auchstetter (right)

Geneva basketball coach John Barton (center), with longtime coaches Bob Schick (left) and Jerry Auchstetter (right.)


Good friends, good food, good fun.

Good cause.

If you knew and loved longtime Geneva High School teacher and basketball coach John Barton — And really, who didn’t? — there’s a great way to honor his memory, contribute to a worthy charity and have pretty much a guaranteed great time by signing up for the first-ever John Barton Memorial Golf Outing.

Yes, the outing and dinner is July 19, but it’s important to SIGN UP NOW. Legendary Geneva football Coach Jerry Auchstetter is organizing the shindig, and he’s set an ambitious goal of raising $20,000 for the John Barton Memorial Fund.

Proceeds will benefit the “Jimmy V Foundation” for cancer research.

You can sign up for the golf or do just the dinner, which I’m guessing will be like a mini-reunion for a lot of high school classes in Geneva.

You actually have to use mail to send in your fee. (I know, what a concept.)

John Barton Memorial Golf Outing
107 Juniper Drive
North Aurora, IL 60542

Make checks payable to: John Barton Memorial Fund.

I’m going to try not to get too schmaltzy here, but if you’re looking for a little inspiration, here are a few more articles. If you read them, you’ll see the Valvano connection and, hopefully, get an inkling of how much fun the dinner and golf outing will be.

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From the Flyer

Saturday, July 19th, 2014 – Noon
Bliss Creek Golf Course
1 Golf View Drive
Sugar Grove, IL

Scramble with Shotgun start
$100 per person for 18 holes of golf, cart, steak dinner
Dinner served at 6 pm (dinner only tickets $40)
Silent Auction

We are looking for hole sponsors from businesses, classes, teams, families/fans, friends of Coach Barton.

$400 donation for tee sponsors includes an 18″x 24″ sign for your group/business.

Become part of this event, mail your entry, sponsorship or donation to:

John Barton Memorial Golf Outing
107 Juniper Drive
North Aurora, IL 60542

Make checks payable to: John Barton Memorial Fund.

From Geneva School District 304

The friends and former colleagues of John Barton are planning a golf outing to benefit the “Jimmy V Foundation” for cancer research. John was a teacher and coach at Geneva Community High School for more than 30 years. John was inspired by Jim Valvano who coached basketball at North Carolina State University and died of cancer in 1993. John admired Jimmy V’s slogan, “Don’t give up…Don’t ever give up!” and lived by those words until his own battle with cancer ended in 2012.

The John Barton Memorial Golf Outing will donate funds to the Jimmy V Cancer Research Foundation. The outing is a great opportunity to connect with GHS alumni and past and present Geneva Community Unit School District #304 colleagues. John’s wife, Val Barton taught at Western Avenue School for many years, John’s sister Lil Sargent is a retired Western Avenue School teacher and John’ sister-in-law, Barb Freeman is a teacher at Western Avenue School.

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, July 19th at 12:00 p.m. and see the attached flyer for all the details.