For the third year in a row, the Washington, IL community and Transitions Hospice came together to celebrate the life of Dr. Paul Kinsinger, in an outing that combined what he loved most…family, golf and giving back to the community.
The third annual Dr. Paul Kinsinger Memorial Golf Outing was held on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at Pine Lakes Golf Club in Washington. Over 100 golfers, volunteers and friends lent their support to the event, which raised over $6,000 for the Dr. Paul Kinsinger Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards a scholarship annually to a Washington Community High School senior interested in pursing a degree in health care.
“Paul was passionate about many things,” shared Amy Kinsinger, his wife. “It’s his passion for golf, his alma mater, Washington Community High School (WCHS), health care and the students that brought us together at the outing, to honor his memory by raising money for the scholarship.”
As with the two previous outings, all golfers were given balloons on which they could write a message to Kinsinger. Everyone released their balloons into the sky together before teeing off, let by Jim Palazzo, Transitions CEO, and the Kinsinger family.
“It’s been an honor for Transitions to host this outing since the beginning,” said Palazzo. “Paul made such a tremendous impact on this community, and this is such a great opportunity to help pave the way for the future of health care.”
A beloved family doctor and former Transitions Medical Director, “Dr. Paul” passed away in 2016, after a courageous one-year battle with brain cancer. He was known for the compassionate care and support he provided patients and his focus on them as individuals. He was an avid golf enthusiast who enjoyed spending time on the course with Amy and their children, Allison (a student-athlete on the Butler University golf team) and Adam (a WCHS senior who is playing #1 on the Panthers golf team).
The first scholarship recipient in 2017, Mackenzie Olsen, is studying to be a physician at St. Louis University. Last year’s recipient, Josie Hermann is attending the University of Iowa with the goal of becoming a physician assistant.