Since its inception, A.J. Cohen Memorial Inc. has strived to preserve the memory of our friend, brother, and son, Austin Jay “A.J.” Cohen, who untimely perished in a college campus house fire on December 10, 2000.
The mission to preserve A.J.’s memory is achieved through the A.J. Cohen Memorial Fire Prevention Program, fire expos, A.J. Cohen Memorial Baseball Tournament and other A.J. Cohen Memorial events. Each event has a focus on educating children and adults on the hazards of fire to safeguard their life and safety. Proceeds raised at A.J. Cohen Memorial events provide funding for the A.J. Cohen Memorial Scholarship at the Summit Country Day School, the A.J. Cohen Memorial Fire Prevention Program, and other fire related programs.
The following list of core values reflects what is truly central to A.J. Cohen Memorial, Inc. as an organization. These values do not change from time to time, situation to situation or person to person, but rather they are the underpinning of our organization and capture the essence of A.J. Cohen. By maintaining these core values, we can preserve A.J.’s memory in a light befitting his character.
WHY WE DO IT...
Austin Jay ("A.J.") Cohen died tragically on December 10, 2000, in a house fire at the University of Dayton. As a tribute to A.J.’s love of sports, in particular baseball, A.J.'s family, along with Summit Baseball coach Andy Poli, founded the A.J. Cohen Memorial Baseball Tournament in 2001. The idea was also welcomed by Cincinnati Country Day School Head Coach Tim Dunn, who worked closely with the Cohen Family after A.J.'s little brother Matthew played football and baseball under him.
The first tournament took place on April 7, 2002, to raise money for the A.J. Cohen Memorial Scholarship Fund established shortly after A.J.’s death at The Summit Country Day School. The tournament raised a total of $400.00. Over the past eleven years, more than $125,000.00 has been raised.
In 2009, in an effort to raise greater awareness regarding the dangers of college campus fires, the A.J. Cohen Memorial Fire Prevention Program was developed. Firefighters Randy Miller and Alan Guile of the Springfield Township Fire Department designed the program specifically for high school seniors using real life examples of college campus fires.
The A.J. Cohen Memorial Fire Prevention Program started small with presentations at Summit and Seven Hills in 2009. In 2010, we more than tripled the number of schools participating in the program. We are currently scheduling presentations for 2012. If you are interested in further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2010, Treasures for A.J. was started as an additional means to raise funds. The inaugural rummage sale raised more than $9,000.00.