for the 3-5 minutes

I’m on that stage or performing;

everyone in the audience

gets to see

the real Joseph. 


The Memorial Fund hopes to sponsor and/or contribute to special events which highlight creative ministry, such as spoken word, poetry, mime and other talents and abilities.  To this end, we have created “Joe’s Gospel Cafe”, somewhat of an open mic showcase, where artists will be allowed to participate and perform.  The main Cafe is held every January, in honor of and in celebration of Joseph’s birthday, January 14. (Due to Covid-19, the 2021 Gospel Cafe was canceled. We hope to host and/or contribute to other Cafe’s throughout the country and year. During the 2020 event, The Fund awarded $500 to high school student Aislinn Brooks, a flutist. You can view the presentation here).

In addition we will issue scholarship awards and monetary assistance and guidance to help those further looking to pursue careers in these fields. Our main scholarship awards will be presented every June to graduating high school seniors, for both the fall and the spring semesters. The first presentation was awarded in June, 2020 to High School Senior, Jasmine Livingston. You can view the actual presentation here.

This year we will be awarding recurring scholarship awards to a High School Senior at Northern Burlington High School, New Jersey (Joe’s alma mater) in June and to another, nationwide, in July. We also plan to award an additional scholarship in the fall. Information about that Scholarship and the application will be announced late Summer.

Other awards and monetary assistance will also be presented as random acts.

The Memorial Fund is also looking to support and contribute to anti-bullying projects.  To this end, the Foundation has partnered with No Bully.

Current/Upcoming Events

June 30 – July 24 – JMF Youth and Young Adults Performing Arts Competition

Past Events

June 2 – June 19, 2021 – JMF Virtual Silent Auction

December, 2020 – January, 2021 – 28 for 28

We are asking $28 for what would have been Joe’s 28th birthday, January 14. This fundraiser will go towards increasing the scholarship assistance and providing additional opportunities for youth and young adults to display their talents.

November, 2020 – Youth in the Performing Arts Virtual Competition, ages 10-15. Winners were announced December 12. The winners are, (10-12) 1st Place, Savas; 2nd Place, Lily Bradford; 3rd Place, Ayden Katsikis. (13-15) 1st Place, Sanath Bhavankar; 2nd Place, Laina Ramey; 3rd Place, Teresa Marshall.

JMF Youth in the Performing Arts Virtual Competition Finalists (10-12)
JMF Youth in the Performing Arts Virtual Competition Finalists (13-15)

October, 2020 ONGOING – Join with Joe’s Foundation and take a stand against bullying! Through its programs, No Bully’s mission is to eradicate bullying and cyberbullying worldwide. To donate and to learn more about No Bully, click here…

July, 2020 – The first JMF Spoken Word Contest for young people, ages 16-22. Winners were announced on August 1st.

Saturday, January 18, 2020 – “Joe’s Gospel Cafe”  (First talent showcase for youth and young adults in honor of Joseph’s birthday, January 14).

On Friday, July 31st, 2015 the Memorial Fund sponsored its first Gospel Cafe for The Lion of Judah Church of God in Christ, in honor of Joseph.  Below is a video clip of his sister, Brandi, as she shares a poem. 

“Untitled” by Brandi Fannell

If you are a creative artist or a group/church interested in hosting your own “Joe’s Gospel Cafe” and would like us to sponsor it, please let us know at