Following the rush of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday is a unique opportunity and reminder to observe and support causes and charities that are meaningful making an impact in the lives of our neighbors.

Since 2019, the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation has partnered with supporters to distribute nearly $300,000 to Missouri organizations that provide services fulfilling the three pillars of our mission, helping children in Missouri to:

  • Battle cancer
  • Break disability barriers
  • Overcome poverty

In addition to local non-profit grants, the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation has awarded 49 Scholarships, valued at nearly $400,000, to low-income students from across the state, to attend college, university or vocational trade schools in Missouri.

We’re not done yet. We need your help to move the ball forward into 2023.

We’re celebrating Giving Tuesday with 30 days of giving – now through the end of the year. Make your secure, tax-deductible donation here at any of the levels below and receive a gift as our thank you for your partnership and support.

Give $50
Receive a GP M.A.D.E. Foundation Visor

GP M.A.D.E. Visor

Give $100
Receive a GP M.A.D.E. Foundation Tumbler

GP M.A.D.E. Tumbler

Give $250
Receive a Limited Edition Gary Pinkel Hall of Fame Polo

Gary Pinkel Hall of Fame Polo

Give $500 or More
Receive a Gary Pinkel Autographed Football

Gary Pinkel signed football

You can make a difference every-day in the lives and future of children and youth facing difficult challenges. The battle is real, and the fight is on. We need your help!

This holiday season, join me in giving gifts that will change the trajectory of a child’s life forever. Together we CAN Make A Difference Everyday!

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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Congratulations to our 2022 scholarship recipients! These outstanding, hard-working students have earned a scholarship valued at $2,000 per year for four years pending academic standing. We can’t wait to see what your future holds! Learn more about our scholarship program here.

Tebah Alhadrawi

Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience in St. Louis – 2022 Graduate

Future Plans:
Attend University of Missouri – Columbia
Major in Biological Sciences

Hassan Seoud

McKinley Classical Leadership Academy in St. Louis – 2022 Graduate

Future Plans:
Attend University of Missouri – St. Louis
Major in Biological Sciences

Nasro Abdi

Gateway STEM High School in St. Louis – 2022 Graduate

Future Plans:
Attend Saint Louis University
Major in Nursing

Zachary Laws

McKinley Classical Leadership Academy in St. Louis – 2022 Graduate

Future Plans:
Attend Ranken Technical College
Major in Industrial Technology

Courtney Poland

Soldan International Studies in St. Louis – 2022 Graduate

Future Plans:
Attend St. Louis Community College
Undecided Major

Payton Olsson

North Callaway High School – 2022 Graduate

Future Plans:
Attend Westminster College
Major in Education with the goal of becoming a football coach

Tre Richardson

Battle High School – 2022 Graduate

Future Plans:
Attend Moberly Area Community College
Major in Education

Brandon Rhen

Hickman High School – 2022 Graduate

Future Plans:
Attend Moberly Area Community College
Major in Engineering

Payton Kincaid

Camdenton High School – 2022 Graduate

Future Plans:
Attend Missouri State University
Major in Pre-Med

Kadence Shipers

Chillicothe High School – 2022 Graduate

Future Plans:
Attend University of Missouri – Columbia
Major in Biochemistry

Marty Smith

Rock Bridge High School – 2022 Graduate

Future Plans:
Attend Moberly Area Community College
Major in Business

Goodnews Ehie

Central High School in Springfield, MO – 2022 Graduate

Future Plans:
Attend Missouri State University
Major in Biomedicine

Trayvon McCalib

Central High School in St. Joseph, MO – 2022 Graduate

Future Plans:
Attend Northwest Missouri State University
Major in Business

Xavier Taylor

Central High School in St. Joseph, MO – 2022 Graduate

Future Plans:
Attend Missouri Western University
Undecided Major

Sydney Mead

Highland High School in Durham, MO – 2022 Graduate

Future Plans:
Attend Culver-Stockton College
Major in Physical Therapy

We are so grateful to all our teams for participating in our golf tournament and supporting the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation. Enjoy this year’s team photos.

Congratulations to Love Columbia on their ribbon cutting today! GP M.A.D.E. Foundation was happy to underwrite the Children’s Room at Love Columbia and also to provide funding to turn the room into “THE ZOU” complete with a jungle mural and stuffed animals.

Love Columbia is a non-profit organization that helps people and families with socioeconomic challenges find the resources they need to love people forward. GP M.A.D.E is proud to partner with Love Columbia and hopes THE ZOU will bring cheer and comfort to children who may be experiencing uncertainty.

For more info about love Columbia go to lovecolumbiamo.org

Gary and Missy Pinkel are pictured in the back row along with Carson Coffman, Love Columbia board president. In the front row are Greg DeLine, GP M.A.D.E. Foundation supporter and board member of Love Columbia, and Jane Williams, Love Columbia founder and executive director.
Carson Coffman and Jane Williams cut the ceremonial ribbon at the new Love Columbia center.
Welcome to THE ZOU — the Children’s Room at the new Love Columbia center, funded by GP M.A.D.E.

GP M.A.D.E. Foundation was proud today to formally present a $30,000 contribution to the United Community Builders Capital Campaign.

United Community Builders is a 501(c)3 faith-based organization that primarily serves the Boone County and Central Missouri region. Founded 12 years ago, UCB’s mission is to build and release capable people through community-wide programs that focus on education, mentor-ships, job-readiness training and the performing arts.

The United Community Builders Capital Campaign will fund their new Beacon Community Center in Northeast Columbia, MO. This new center will serve low-income area residents and will expand group’s ability to serve the community.

Guess what? The GP M.A.D.E. Foundation came to visit and celebrate with ME! Blaze, the Facility Wonder Dog. That’s right! Gary and Missy Pinkel came to my 3rd birthday party. I was so excited to see them. The GP M.A.D.E. Foundation helps take care of me so that I can take care of my favorite people in the world – my kiddos at the hospital.

What are some of the ways I take care of my kiddos? Ok, I’ll tell you:

  • I help children work on brushing teeth by letting them brush mine.
  • I help children learn how to dress with buttons, zippers, and shirts.
  • I help children walk. I tell them good job and walk along side for support.
  • I help children pick out orthotics to walk more easily.
  • I help keep kids entertained when they have to wait on things that take a long time, like ordering a new wheelchair.
  • I let children scratch my belly, rub my ears and touch my nose for different sensory experiences.
  • I act as a visual stimuli for kids to work on localizing to objects. (especially my tail!)
  • I help children practice walking up and down stairs. I help keep them safe.
  • I help children learn and identify different body parts.
  • I help children work on standing, strength, and balance.
  • Most importantly, I give the BEST snuggles and kisses!!!

I LOVE my job and I take it very seriously. Nothing makes me happier than helping my kiddos. Thanks, Coach and Missy, for coming to my birthday party. Come back and visit me soon – and don’t forget to bring treats!

Love,

Blaze

Through a grant from GP M.A.D.E. Foundation, MU Health Care is able to care for Blaze so that he can bring joy and support to pediatric patients. We are proud to make a difference in the lives of local children every day. Learn more about the MU Health Care Children’s Therapy Center here.

Gary and Missy Pinkel attended the second ever “Game Day with GP” event hosted by Dudley and Beth McCarter on Saturday, September 11 in St. Louis, Mo. The event was a watch party for the Missouri at Kentucky football game in which Mizzou came up just short in a 35-28 contest.

During the event, guests were encouraged to take photos with Coach Pinkel, listen to coach’s pregame routine and enjoy the game. Prior to kickoff, Coach Pinkel went through his real team meeting notes including his “Fatherly Advice – Thursday Talk,” an itinerary, and game week notes. The pregame talk was preceded by a Q&A featuring former Missouri football player TJ Moe who described his own pregame routine and what it was like playing under Coach Pinkel.

Guests were able to purchase cups, signed books, footballs and visors in the form of a donation to the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation. Coach Pinkel’s bowl rings and watches were also available for viewing.

The event raised over $10,000 in donations toward the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation which directly contributes to the yearly scholarships given out by the Foundation. Three weeks later, the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation was able to host a tailgate for Missouri’s home game against Tennessee to meet with sponsors and other supporters.

While winter weather might have cast a cold spell over the mid-Missouri region, it hasn’t stopped game-changing community partners like Monarch Title Company, Inc., from joining the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation from getting involved to help change lives. The Foundation wishes to shine a warm spotlight on Monarch Title to thank them for stepping up in a significant way this year.

In December, Chuck and Pam Bowman of Monarch Title pledged $5 to the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation for each loan closing, and they presented a check for $2,590 to Gary and Missy Pinkel last month. Monarch will continue that generous partnership all throughout 2021, and that’s naturally got Coach Pinkel excited.

“I can’t say enough about Chuck and Pam and the entire team at Monarch Title,” said Pinkel, President of the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation. “They run a first-class operation and that’s proven out by the commitment they make to the community, and to our foundation as well,” said the winningest coach in Mizzou Football history.

The partnership was a natural fit for Monarch Title Company, said CEO/Co-Owner Chuck Bowman.

“Pam and I both feel giving back to the community is a priority and a prerequisite for any business owner or leader,” said Bowman. “When we met Gary and Missy we were impressed by their passion, kindness, and desire to help others. These attributes not only fit our personal culture and values, but fit the Monarch organizational goals to give back to the community. Our wonderful staff are also very involved and especially drawn to helping children and youth that need assistance to get them on a path of success,” he added.

Bowman said the unique giving model is one he hopes others emulate.

“Pam and I wanted to come up with a unique way to give back to GP M.A.D.E based on our company profitability,” he said. “We thought this could be a protocol or practice that other business owners and executives could follow based on their own business model and profits, and we are hopeful that others would see the value and impact they can have on others’ lives by giving to this wonderful organization,” he said.

Donations to the GP M.A.D.E. Foundation are easily and securely made by visiting www.gpmade.org.

“To become a champion, fight one more round.”

Mental toughness is many things and difficult to explain. It’s qualities are sacrifice and self-denial. Also, it is combined with a perfectly disciplined will that refuses to give in. It is a ‘state of mind’  that you could call, “Character in Action.” –Vince Lombardi

Mental toughness allows players to tap into emotional and mental resources that keep play at its prime often and consistently.

Will is the combination of patience, persistence, perseverance, and resilience.

6 Toughness Qualities

  1. Combat negative thought
  2. See yourself succeeding
  3. See stress as a challenge, not a threat
  4. Use humor to break up tension
  5. Learn and move on from mistakes
  6. “Just for today” spirit- Right Here, Right Now

“Toughness is the ability to perform toward the upper range of your talent and skill regardless of the competitive circumstances!” — Jim Loehr