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. Learn more about United Community Builders here.

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 organization is focused on providing early childhood programs and family resources to create healthy outcomes for children and families in Mid-Missouri. Their vision is that all children will be ready and able to succeed in school and life. GP M.A.D.E. is always looking for charities that are supporting children and youth in the three pillar areas: physical disabilities, cancer research and assistance and economic and social challenges.”

Learn more about First Chance for Children here.

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.

Learn more about the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society here.

GP M.A.D.E. teamed up with Mizzou wide receiver L’Damian Washington and The Crossing Church to spread some holiday cheer on Monday, December 2. The pair put on some Santa hats and gifted approximately 60 pairs of shoes to the kids of Coyote Hill. Afterward, there was a small party with hot chocolate and cookies to share the Christmas spirit.

Coyote Hill is the recipient of GP M.A.D.E.’s One Step Forward shoe mentoring program, their mission is to give children in foster care a safe place to be children and work to end child neglect and abuse.
In an interview with ABC17’s Andrew Kauffman, Coach Pinkel said that the foundation has been doing very well in its first year.

“I feel like I’m doing something significant, we’re really trying to reach out and help kids,” Pinkel said. “We’re going to keep trying to raise more money to help more kids.”

Washington, who is also a board member for the foundation, said the event is beneficial for everyone involved.

“I think it’s wonderful, just seeing the smile on these kids’ faces, just seeing the turnout that we got,” Washington said. “I think it always just does good for everybody because the kids are happy, and giving back just makes everybody heartful.”

GP M.A.D.E. chose Coyote Hill because the organization is a perfect reflection of the foundation’s own goals— making a difference every day in the lives of others.

Learn more about Coyote Hill here.

The GP M.A.D.E. Foundation gave its first grant since its launch in April to Wonderland Camp in Rocky Mount, Mo. Pinkel says the foundation has already raised approximately $265,000 of which will be divided up in several grants— the first being a $15,000 grant to Wonderland Camp.
Wonderland Camp’s mission is to provide a safe, fun and educational experience for children, teenagers and adults who have disabilities. The camp offers activities that range anywhere from swimming to evening dances and karaoke.

“I got to see the whole entire camp and got to see videos of all these kids… doing all these things that they never thought that they could ever do and have this remarkable experience,” Coach Pinkel said. “I got back in the car and called my sister right away. I said, ‘you won’t believe this place and what they’re doing.’”

Assisting children and youth with physical challenges is one of the three pillars of the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation, which both the foundation and Wonderland Camp continue to do.

Learn more about Wonderland Camp here.