Circle BMW Honors Dennis W. Zilinski, II

May 15th, 2018 by

Circle BMW Selects the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund
as its Memorial Day Honoree

 $100 per sold vehicle will benefit members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families

The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund, a Howell-based non-profit organization that provides support to improve the morale and welfare of members of the United States Armed Forces and their families, will be the recipient of a charitable donation from Circle BMW. During the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend, Circle BMW will donate $100 for every vehicle sold on Friday, May 25th and Saturday, May 26th to the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund.

This is the third time Circle BMW Founder and President Tom DeFelice, a supporter of the U.S. Military and its veterans, selected the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund as the Memorial Day honoree. “For the past twelve years, the Zilinski family has dedicated their efforts to helping members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. We are proud to honor Dennis and all those who defend our freedom, our great military, both present and past, for their service and sacrifice to our country,” said DeFelice.

As many automotive dealerships remain open for sales on Memorial Day, DeFelice elects to close Circle BMW on this sacred holiday in honor of the men and women who have served in the United States Military and fallen for our country. In past years, Circle BMW has made contributions to numerous military-related non-profits such as Links to Freedom, the James M. Gurbisz Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project®, Hope for the Warriors®, Philip K. Dorn Detachment, Brendan Marrocco Road to Recovery Trust and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation.

Lt. Dennis Zilinski, II grew up in Middletown, N.J. and graduated from Christian Brothers Academy (CBA), where he was a member of the swim team.  He received his nomination to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated in 2004.  He also completed Airborne School while a student at West Point.

After graduation from Ranger School, he was assigned to the 1/187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) “Rakkasan.”  He deployed with the 101st Airborne Division on September 17, 2005.  Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II died in Iraq on November 19, 2005 as a result of a roadside bombing near Bayji, 155 miles north of Baghdad.  Lt. Zilinski’s medals include: Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Global War on Terror, Iraq Campaign Service Medal and the New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal.

As an act of love and to honor his life and memory, Dennis’ family and friends founded The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund, whose mission is to continue to serve and assist returning men and women who were wounded in service to our nation and to provide support that improves the welfare of members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. The fund also supports scholarships at CBA.

For more information, please visit: www.runwithdennis.org or email RunwithDennis@yahoo.com.

 

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