In August of 2013, the Genesee Valley Chapter lost one of its younger
members in a tragic car accident.
Joel Ajavon, beloved son of Joe and Gale
Ajavon, shared his dad’s passion of all things BMW and was a dear friend to
many in the BMW car club for all of his life. Just like his father, Joel Ajavon was
always ready to help a friend. Many of his friends have expressed their
appreciation for what Joel did for them. He truly made a difference in their
In honor of Joel's life, friends have started the process
of creating a permanent memorial. His wonderful spirit and love of the
cars and the culture that brings us together is a great opportunity for giving
to a worthy cause. Our objective is to establish a fund that would award an
annual scholarship to a worthy student studying Robotics or Engineering, Joel’s
educational interests. Worthy recipients will be chosen based on their achievement
and financial need.
As the rules and regulations governing scholarships are complex,
a special adviser at the Rochester Area Foundation has been enlisted to assist
with administration, guidance, IRS filings, etc. Our goal is to reach a
self-sustaining balance of $25,000. This amount will allow the
scholarship fund to be self-funding through investments, and provide
scholarships to worthy students year after year.
If you would like to make a donation in Joel’s honor, please
or send your tax deductible check to:
The Community Foundation
500 East Ave
Rochester NY 14607
Attn: Lori Banning
Please may checks payable to:
with “Joel Ajavon Memorial” in the memo line.