BENEFITING: The Chadtough Foundation
EVENT DATE: Mar 08, 2018
"After waiting a few decades for Coach Lloyd Carr to call me and offer me a spot on the Michigan football team, I received the next best opportunity. Tammi Carr called me and asked if I would dance on behalf of The ChadTough Foundation. My lack of athleticism disqualified me from playing football for Michigan and should bar me from ever stepping onto a dance floor. My family and I had the privilege of spending a week at Camp Michigania with Chad and his family. Having met Chad and witnessed first-hand his resolve and fight, I agreed to fight my two left feet and dance for the ChadTough Foundation. Please support me in my effort to assist the Foundation in raising funds for research and awareness in the ongoing endeavor to find a cure for Pediatric Brain Tumors with an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG)."
Jonathan S. Aaron is a principal member of The Velvel Group LLC, an investment management firm that provides trustee, fiduciary and family-office services. He is the chairman of the board of the William Davidson Foundation. In addition, he is a director and secretary of the Michigan-based Ravitz Foundation. Aaron worked for William Davidson, the long-time president of Guardian Industries Corp., as assistant to the president. He later served on the Guardian Industries board of directors. Prior to joining Guardian, Aaron practiced corporate, transactional and contract law. He also was a director of Origen Financial, Inc. (Pink Sheets: ORGN), a real estate investment trust.
A native of metropolitan Detroit, Aaron earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Michigan and a law degree from Michigan State University’s College of Law. He fills numerous leadership roles in the community, including as a board member for The Schechter Institutes Inc.; Detroit Country Day School; Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital; the Anti-Defamation League; the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is a trustee of the Council of Michigan Foundations, a member of both the University of Michigan Health System’s advisory group and the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit’s investment committee, and serves on the Board of Commissioner for the Detroit Crime Commission. Jonathan and his wife have four young sons, ranging in age from six to 13 years.