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May 13, 2020

Military Appreciate Night to Honor Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II

By Lori Draz

Journal readers remember that the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund was a previous charitable giving campaign recipient. This year marks the organization’s 15-year anniversary. The fund’s mission is to honor the life and memory of U.S. Army Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II by supporting and improving the morale and welfare of members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. Projects include regularly sending care packages to deployed troops with items the government does not provide.

The memorial fund sponsors service dogs for disabled American veterans returning home who are suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injury. Additionally, scholarships are provided to students at Zilinski’s alma mater, Christian Brothers Academy, as well as Trinity Hall High School.

The memorial fund’s first fundraising event for this year is scheduled for (pending any restrictions) Thursday, July 9 at 6:30 pm, for an evening of baseball and picnic fun at Military Appreciation Night with the Lakewood Blue Claws. Tickets are $30 for adults, $20 for kids 5 to 12 and free for kids under 4. Tickets include a seat at the game, hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks and sides.

Zilinski is the late older brother of Major Matthew Zilinski who was recently welcomed home from Kosovo with a hero’s parade in Middletown last month.

The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund was created and founded to honor a local hero who was killed in action in Iraq by a roadside bomb in 2005. Zilinski was a 23-year-old Middletown resident, a distinguished West Point graduate and a member of the 187th Infantry Regiment and 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division. Since his untimely death, family and friends have united to provide support to improve the morale and welfare of members of the United States Armed Forces and their families.

To learn more or donate, visit

As of press time, this event was still listed as active on their website.