Charity

 

Niagara Region PCA has a long history of charitable giving.  Each year, Niagara has set aside funds for donation to a wide variety of worthy causes both locally and globally. Many of our members have a deep connection with a variety of charities and as a group we work towards finding ways to contribute.

Joel Ajavon Memorial Scholarship

In addition to Niagara’s annual giving, members of the the Niagara Region have been involved in establishing a charity.

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At Niagara Region’s 2013 Annual Fall Dinner, we were fortunate to enjoy the company of Joe and Gale Ajavon.  Joe and Gale Ajavon are close with many of our members and their beloved son Joel was killed in a car accident in August of this year. 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 lives.

In  honor of Joel’s life, we have begun 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, which were Joel’s educational choices. Worthy recipients will be chosen based on achievement and financial need.

As the rules and regulations governing scholarships are complex, we have enlisted the help of a special adviser at the Rochester Area Foundation who will assist with administration, guidance, IRS filings, etc. Our ultimate goal is to reach a self-sustaining balance of $25,000.  This amount will allow the scholarship fund to fund itself through investments, and provide scholarships year after year.

If  you would like to be a part of funding this most worthy cause, you can do so at www.racf.org/Donate, or your tax deductible check should be made out to: The Community Foundation, with “Joel Ajavon Memorial” in the subject line.

Mail to:
The Community Foundation
500 East Ave
Rochester NY 14606
Attn: Lori Banning

thermometer_100wAs of July 11, 2014, we have exceeded our goal of $25,000!

This fundraising is not over and we intend to keep the total growing. We would like to continue to offer scholarships on a yearly basis!

Scholarship Awards:

✦The Joel Ayite Ajavon Scholarship for 2014 has been awarded to Frederick M.Griffin!

group_LRJuly 11, 2014 – The trustees and family of Joel Ajavon are pleased to announce that the Joel Ayite Ajavon Scholarship for 2014 has been awarded to Frederick M.Griffin.  Fred is a fine young man who will be attending MCC this fall and was selected from a very qualified group of candidates.  He has studied Robotics for 2 years , is a Rochester based student and and has promised to keep us updated on his progress throughout his studies.  The generous donations that you all made in Joel’s memory are what made this day possible.  The committee has pledged to continue to raise funds in the hope that next and future years can be even greater amounts  of financial support.  The Scholarship fund now stands at $ 28,369. and is a true testament to the spirit of Joel  as supported and honored by his friends and family.

2016 Charitable Giving Recipients

toy-table3This year NRPCA members again opened their hearts and flooded Terry Hills banquet hall with toys and non-perishable food goods to help two local agencies help make a little brighter holiday season for those less fortunate. Our Food and Toy drives were overwhelming successes. Thank you to everyone who participated.

Community Action of Orleans & Genesee was our first Food Drive recipient.
Pirate Toy Fund was this year’s Toy Drive recipienttoy-table4

Board member selected charities this year:

American Diabetes Tour De Cure $500
Alzheimer’s $500
It’s About Caring For Kids $1000
Lockport Salvation Army, designated for camperships to Camp Long Point $1000
URMedicine NeuroMuscular $1000
NAMI in memory of John Jerabeck Jr. $100

In addition, four charity drawings were made from the attendees and awarded $500 each:

♦Joe Prinzbach– Ladies of Charity, Fresh Start – $500
♦Robert Fuss– Lollypop Farm Humane Society of Rochester – $500
♦Jean McCallister, Kevin Kepner – Open Door Mission – $1000

2015 Charitable Giving Recipients

Finger Lakes Land Trust for a gift of $100 made in memory of Sam Argetsinger.

This years annual charities selected by the board were:

American Diabetes Tour De Cure $1000
Rochester General Hospital $1000
Lockport Salvation Army, designated for camperships to Camp Long Point $1000
Ricky Hoyt Recovery $1000

In addition, four charity drawings were made from the attendees and awarded $500 each: 2015_dinner_toy_table

✦ Stuart Jenkins – Roswell Park
✦ Pat Needell – Schuyler County Humane Society
✦ Kerry Rittenhouse – National Multiple Sclerosis Society
✦ Renee Krotz – Buffalo Suzuki Strings

Also, the Buffalo News Neediest Drive benefited from the generosity of our members, as they yet again filled the table with children’s toys.

2014 Charitable Giving Recipients

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June 8, 2014 – Team Niagara Cycling rode the Tour de Cure to help stop Diabetes and accomplished all of the metric century (a five hour marathon) . We raised over $4,000. and were led by Captain Peter Swift. Team Members – Koen Goorman, Peter Swift, Anthony Giovinazzo, Ken Buschner.

This years annual charities selected by the board were:

American Diabetes Tour De Cure $1500
Darwin Martin House $500
Riviera Theater $500
Lockport Salvation Army, designated for camperships to Camp Long Point $1000
Team Keuka MS Bike Ride (Ken Bushner’s team) $500

In addition, four charity drawings were made from the attendees and awarded $500 each:2014Toysn

 

✦ Bruce Friedhaber – Mercy Flight of WNY
✦ Karen Politi – Make A Wish Foundation Metro NY and Western NY
✦ Amy Irish – Open Door Mission
✦ Rick Hoyt – University of Rochester, Donate Life @ Strong Memorial Hospital

At the 2014 Fall Dinner, members brought a PILE of toys for the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department’s annual food and toy drive. Thank YOU for your generosity.

2013 Charitable Giving Recipients

What a great year for giving!

Early in the year, Niagara donated to:
The Corner Place Arts Academy

Sponsored a team for:
Tour de Cure – American Diabetes Association

This years annual charities selected by the board to receive $1,000 each were:

American Red Cross, Disaster Relief, Typhoon Appeal
Lockport Salvation Army, designated for camperships to Camp Long Point – on behalf of Hank and Sue Beamer
Graycliff Conservancy Inc on behalf of Tom and Babs Lyons
Flower City Habitat for Humanity on behalf of Sue and Chad Juby
The Joel Avajon Memorial Fund on behalf of Rich deAsis

 

In addition, six charity drawings were made from the attendees and awarded $500 each:2013 gifts

Betty Jerabeck – East House
✦ Linda Hertel – Lollypop Farm Humane Society of Rochester
✦ David Clark – Patriot Guard of New York
✦ Mark Eksten – Flower City Habitat for Humanity
✦ Lavina Schuessler – Buffalo City Mission
✦ Don Stephans – American Cancer Society

Congratulations to the winners and their charities!

In addition, a large number of toys were also collected for the Sojourner House in Rochester, NY. Thank you to everyone who donated!

2012 Charitable Giving Recipients

Our club was very fortunate this year to be able to contribute funds to several worthy local charitable organizations:2012 gifts

 

American Diabetes Association on behalf of Peter and Jackie Swift
National MS Society, Upstate NY Chapter, on behalf of club member Ken Buschner and family
Adoption Star on behalf of Tom and Babs Lyons
International Motor Racing Research Center as suggested by Bruce and Elaine Friedhaber
West Webster Fire Department

Thank you to all of these organizations for doing what they do on a daily basis for members of our community. We are honored to be able to provide these financial contributions.

We also collected an abundance of toys for the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department’s annual food and toy drive. Thank YOU for your generosity.

2011 Charitable Giving Recipients

Rochester Open Door Mission
Buffalo City Mission
National MS Society, Upstate NY Chapter, on behalf of club member Ken Buschner and family

We also collected an abundance of toys for the 97Rock Christmas is for Kids toy drive. Thank YOU for your generosity.

2010 Charitable Giving Recipients

Our club was very fortunate this year to be able to contribute funds to several worthy local charitable organizations:

✦ $2,000 to Multiple Sclerosis Society, Upstate NY Chapter, on behalf of club member Ken Buschner and family.
✦ $2,000 to NYS Sheriff’s Association’s Summer Camp for Kids
✦ $1,000 to Wease Cares Children’s Fund
✦ $1,000 to Lollypop Farm
✦ $2,000 to The Open Door Mission, on behalf of last year’s Deegan Award winner Curt Hinchliffe and family.
✦ $2,000 to Mercy Flight of WNY

Thank you to all of these organizations for doing what they do on a daily basis for members of our community. We are honored to be able to provide these financial contributions.


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