The GP M.A.D.E. foundation provided a $16,000 grant to The Special Learning Center in Jefferson City this past week. The Special Learning Center makes a difference every day by providing for comprehensive, early intervention services for children with developmental delays and disabilities. The grant given to the Center will be used to purchase sensory panels.

“For children who are born with developmental disabilities, learning to walk takes more time and effort,” executive director Stephanie Johnson wrote. “In addition to the physical therapy children receive at Special Learning Center, the Center uses equipment like the sensory panel featured in the attached photo.”

Johnson says the sensory panel encourages children to stand to use it, which helps build leg strength and balance.

The second annual GP M.A.D.E. golf tournament was held August 16, with 206 participants joining the tournament to support the foundation. ABC17’s Andrew Kauffman reported that, while it was difficult to put the event together due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, Coach Pinkel was thrilled by the ability of his team to throw the tournament together in support of their cause.

“You really want to do something significant,” Pinkel said. “…You change a generation, and I get chills thinking about it because it’s true and it’s real. That’s kind of what we’re trying to do and there’s many different ways of doing it.”

The golf tournament is held every year with all proceeds going to research for children and youth facing lymphoma and leukemia cancers, assisting children and youth with physical challenges and aiding children and youth experiencing economic and social challenges.

The GP M.A.D.E. foundation partnered with Bob McCosh Chevrolet to help purchase a 15 passenger van for United Community Builders.

United Community Builders provides extensive care for children and minority children and the foundation was able to donate $15,000 toward the purchase of a 15 passenger van.

Between the $15,000 donated by the GP M.A.D.E. foundation and the money and assistance of Bob McCosh, UCBUILDERS was able to purchase the van at their own, reasonable price. GP M.A.D.E. then paid to put van signs, logos and stickers on the van.

UCBUILDERS has six tiers of programming that help work toward their mission of building and releasing capable people to meet the needs of their communities and making a difference in the lives of others everyday.

Gary and Missy Pinkel both attended the Lymphoma Leukemia Society Mid-America chapter’s virtual Black Tie Ball where they served as honorary chairs.

The evening raised funds toward LLS’ mission of curing leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, myeloma and improving the quality of life for patients and their families. The Black Tie Ball featured an auction with online bidding, personal experiences shared by Coach Pinkel and 10-year-old non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor Magnus.

The theme of the evening was “Relentless—” the act of being persistent, constant and continuous. This theme was echoed in the stories both Magnus and Coach Pinkel shared about their own experiences with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and continuing to get up and face each day one at a time.

The GP M.A.D.E. Foundation celebrated its first anniversary as an organization April 24.

In its first year, the foundation gave out 24 Scholarships totaling $48,000 to low-income students to attend college, university or vocational trade schools in Missouri.

Additionally, the foundation donated approximately $62,000 in grants to organizations assisting children & youth facing lymphoma & leukemia cancers, physical challenges, & economic & social challenges. The biggest donations of which were two $15,000 grants to Wonderland Camp and Lymphoma/Leukemia Society.

The GP M.A.D.E. Foundation raised its funds in the form of a very successful inaugural golf tournament that raised approximately $118,000. GP M.A.D.E. also received funds from a game day event that netted more than $15,000. $3,750 of the proceeds went to the Mizzou Tiger Scholarship Fund.

Coach Pinkel awarded 24 scholarships through the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation on April 2. Pinkel and GP M.A.D.E. board member Mike Fenner hopped on a Zoom call to surprise the 25 students who did not know they were about to receive scholarships.

“They thought this was part of the interview process still, and it was awesome,” Pinkel told ABC17.

Pinkel told the students on the call that this is the first time GP M.A.D.E. has done this, and he thought they were all a great fit for the scholarship.

“There were some incredible stories of what some of these kids have had to overcome to get where they’re at and it’s pretty awesome,” Pinkel said.

GP M.A.D.E. plans on handing out scholarships every year to continue making a difference every day.

GP M.A.D.E. gave its first socioeconomic grant to First Chance for Children. The program’s goal is to build an early learning system which covers nine counties in the state of Missouri – serving more that 1,500 families. First Chance for Children provides cribs and basic needs for families starting out with babies and children. The […]

The GP M.A.D.E. foundation donated $15,000 to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society mid-america chapter. Coach Pinkel shared stories for the LLS Black Tie Ball in April and met Magnus, a 10-year-old non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma survivor, who shared his stories as well.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting blood cancer in the world. The mission of LLS is to cure Leukemia and Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The GP M.A.D.E. Foundation always aims to partner with organizations that make a difference in the lives of others everyday, specifically in the three pillars of the foundation: support and research for children and youth facing lymphoma and leukemia cancers, assisting children and youth with physical challenges and aiding children and youth experiencing economic and social challenges.