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Guts Gear Foundation "Launch event"

At the Guts Gear Inc. Foundation Launch Event on March 29th, 2013 over $30,000 was raised for children on dialysis. Thank You to all for the donations and support!

2015 Annual Guts Gear Foundation Fundraiser

An overwhelming turnout on March 31st, 2015 at the Cub Club, Principal Park, Des Moines, Iowa

The 3rd annual event was headlined by special guest speaker Dr. Jennifer Jetton MD, Pediatric Nephrologist from the University of Iowa Children's Hospital.

2018 Annual Guts Gear Foundation Fundraiser

The 6th Annual GutsGear Foundation Fundraiser

Thursday, April 5th, 2018
6-8 pm
Palmers Deli - 2943 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, Iowa


In 2017, The Guts Gear Foundation made donations to 38 Dialysis Centers across the country.  Bringing our total to over 130 centers since the foundation began.  Your support has provided children amazing educational and entertainment materials during their dialysis treatments. 

Examples of the materials sent to each center with your donations: mini iPads, drawing pads, dry erase boards, Rubiks cubes, board games (Battleship, Connect 4, Trouble, matching games, etc), UNO, Crazy 8, crayons, markers, colored pencils, coloring books, Play Doh, Loom bracelet kits, and other craft kits.

Annual John R. COok Wresting tournament

In honor of John Cook, young wrestlers participated in the 2nd Annual John R Cook Memorial Junior Wrestling Tournament on December 6th, 2014 at Des Moines Roosevelt High School

2017 Annual Guts Gear Foundation Fundraiser

The 5th Annual GutsGear Foundation Fundraiser on Thursday, April 6th, 2017 was another huge success. Thanks again to Palmer's Deli for hosting this event.  The event raised approximately $30,000 and was headlined by our guest speaker Dr. Craig Shadur. Please view Dr. Shadur's comments about GutsGear Foundation and his personal connection with John.


2014 Annual Guts Gear Foundation Fundraiser

When: Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Location: Palmer's Deli & Market, 2843 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, IA

The 2nd Annual event was a huge success. The Board discussed how the first year of the foundation had a tremendous start. The foundation made donations to 14 dialysis centers from Washington DC to Las Vegas.

first Annual John R. COok Wresting tournament

In honor of John Cook young wrestlers participated in the 1st Annual John R Cook Memorial Junior Wrestling Tournament on December 7th, 2013 at Des Moines Roosevelt High School (formally Roughrider Junior Classic)