Invictus Games




Want to introduce your children to a real American Hero? Let them read about Major Ivan Castro on line.

We heard about Major Ivan, liked what we heard. We contacted Ivan, had him complete the application process for assistance through the memorial fund, and voted to support him by buying his very first state-of-the-art racing bike. See Ivan’s note:

“We picked up the tandem today..literally.  It is only 26 pounds.  My other bike weighs 42 pounds! This Co-Motion tandem is worthy of every accolade out there.

Pictures are on the way.

Kind regards,”


Other items were needed to make this bike really worthy and with the help Evolve Bikes in Florida, we were able to outfit this bike with everything that Ivan needed to compete in the Invictus Games, hosted by Prince Harry of Great Britain.


I hope this email finds you well.

A few pictures attached.

This bike is awesome.  Only a couple of short rides so far.  The weather in Orlando has kept us inside.  We are very excited to have a longer ride planned tomorrow.

One set of pedals is on the bike.  The second set is due in tomorrow.  We have the computer for the bike in hand! Incredible.

The logo you provided has been placed on the front of the bike on the forks.  I’m Told it looks great and should be in all pictures taken from the front.

More to come soon.  We are training hard here in Florida.

Thank you and your husband for all you have given us.



Ivan, we wish you the very best games this coming week. You are certainly an America Hero and worthy of the support of all American people. I am proud to have met you through phone calls and emails. Remember YOU ARE a winner to all of us here with the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund.

Bike fast and most of all, have fun.




We only have 14 more days to get donations for Crowdrise.  All of the monies earned there are going to sponsor service dogs.  If we get the most monies donated, we will also win the big bonus of $22,000.00.  May is Memorial Month. Here is our son Dennis and a photo of Dr. Chad, one of the service dogs that we sponsored. We have been involved with Crowdrise which began April 18. I challenged you to donate $22.00 between April 18 and May 18. Only $1.36 per day to help us sponsor a service dog for a warrior suffering from PTSD and/or TBI Injury. If you have done this yet, go to: and donate today. Help us sponsor another wonderful dog like Dr. Chad.

Airman from McGuire

U.S. Air Force (USAF)



I am an active duty Air Force single mother of two boys who attend the McGuire AFB Youth Center. I cannot express my gratitude enough for the gift card I was presented with from the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund. The Youth Center worker walked up to me and said she wanted to give me something that she felt I deserved but she did not want me to be offended. I had no idea what she was referring to.

Tears immediately came to my eyes when she explained the fund to me, its purpose, and presented me with the envelope containing the gift card. It came at a time when I did not know how the holidays were going to be for me and my children. I can truly say that you have fulfilled your mission. Both my morale and welfare was uplifted and improved greatly and I cannot thank you enough. Thank you from the bottoms of mine and my children’s hearts. Happy Holidays!!
Very Respectfully and Humbly,


Airman from McGuire

(name removed to protect the safety of our airman)





January 6th 2016
Jersey Shore Arena
Neptune, NJ


 CBA Ice Hockey is teaming up with Don Bosco Prep to make the most of their much-anticipated Ice Hockey match-up.

Both teams will be co-sponsoring the game as Military Appreciation Night, a fundraiser to recognize and benefit the brave men and women who fight to keep America safe.

From now until January 6th, we will be accepting donations to help us reach our combined goal of $15,000 to sponsor a service dog.

Both schools will be selling commemorative, limited-edition CBA v. DBP Military Appreciation Night T-Shirts, which you can purchase now!

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Please consider making a donation online, or by mailing your donation to:

Re: Military Appreciation Night
Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 35
Holmdel, NJ 07733

So Others May Live 

All proceeds from the event will go towards theLt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund for sponsoring a service dog.

The service dogs are used to assist warriors suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) as well as those suffering traumatic brain injuries. It is an unfortunate reality that 22 soldiers a day commit suicide as a result of the current war on terror. The support of this program is instrumental in helping to bring that number down and keep our brave men and women safe.


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Thank you for your support!

– The CBA Athletics Department


Run remembers Lt. killed in action 10 years ago

The 10th Annual  Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial 3.5 Mile Run/2 Mile Walk was held on Nov. 8 at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, shortly before the anniversary of Zilinski’s death.

Lt. Zilinski was killed in action in Bayji, Iraq on November 19, 2005 at the age of 23.
Sponsors who kept Zilinkski’s memory alive included: Timothy 6:17 Foundation; PricewaterHouse Coopers; The Dardin Fund; Ancient Order of Hibernians in Middletown; Red Bank Title Agency. Special groups involved included the United States Military Academy Diving and Swim Team, Monmouth County Police Academy, NJ State Police, SADD from CBA (Students Against Destructive Decisions).

This year, there were approximately 350 runners and walkers participating in the run/walk with over 100 additional spectators. The race raised $24,000.

Winners of the race were: men’s: Jim Guerrieri, Belford, 1st Place; Vincent Ferrer, Belford, 2nd Place; George Christopher, Hazlet, 3rd Place; women’s: Elizabeth Shaw, Middletown, 1st Place; Erin Regan, Fort Washington, Penn., 2nd Place; Keeley McNeary, Highland Falls, NY,  3rd Place.

Marion Zilinski says, “This is the first year that the run/walk was hosted by Christian Brothers Academy and we hope that the event will continue to grow in the future. It was good to bring this run ‘home’ to our son Dennis’ Alma Mater CBA.”

The event was previously held at PNC Arts Center in Holmdel.

The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II, Memorial Fund’s mission is to honor his life and memory. They provide support to improve the morale and welfare of members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. Additionally, by providing scholarships, the Fund invests in the future of high school students who embody the leadership qualities and community spirit of Lt. Zilinski.

Original Article

One Kindness Turns into Another

Title: “At Westlake, One Kindness Turns into Another and Another and Another!”

By: Diane O’Connor

At Westlake, one kindness turns into another and then another and another! Ultimately, love and support for others permeates all of our activities. One such recent example is the donation of $13,200 raised by the Westlake Women’s Golf Association (WWGA), during their charity golf tournament on August 20, 2015 in support of the United States Army First Lieutenant Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund. This Fund, co-founded by his mother, Mrs. Marion Zilinski, honors the life and memory of 1st LT Zilinski by providing support to wounded warriors and their families. Additionally, the Fund provides scholarships to high school students at Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) who embody the leadership qualities and community spirit of Lieutenant Zilinski. Raised in Middletown, NJ, Dennis attended CBA and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2004. Deployed with the 101st Airborne Division in September 2005, Dennis was killed by a roadside bomb, at the tender age of 23, in Iraq on November 19, 2005.

On October 16, 2015, the WWGA proudly presented a check in the amount of $13,200 to Mrs. Zilinski and Annie OStattel. In turn, Mrs. Zilinski will donate the funds to “K9s for Warriors” to purchase a specially trained service dog to help a local wounded warrior and his/her family to move forward after suffering a post-traumatic stress disability.

As another kindness, Mrs. Zilinski, and the WWGA members in attendance during the check ceremony, decided that Westlake would conduct a “Name the Service Dog,” contest. Each entry will cost $5.00 and all funds raised will go towards a local family in need, over the upcoming holidays.

So one good gesture deserves another, and another, and another! Please stay tuned for more “good turns” at Westlake as well as the “Name the Service Dog” contest that will be jointly coordinated by the Westlake Women’s Golf Association (WWGA), Westlake Animal Group (WAGs), the Westlake Golf Committee, and the Westlake Marketing Committee.

The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund and the K9s for Warriors are 501 ©(3) non-profit organizations. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Pictured below are the individuals who helped make all of these good deeds possible.


Photo Credit: John Hardy, Westlake Marking Committee

Left-to-Right: Annie OStattel (Board Member on the 1LT Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund), Vicki Turco (Co-Chair of the WWGA Charity Tournament), Eileen Hurley (WWGA Vice President), Marion Zilinski (President of the 1LT Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund), Mary Giehl (Co-Chair of the WWGA Charity Tournament), Elaine Powell (Co-Chair of the WWGA Charity Tournament) and Jane Spadafino (President of the WWGA)


We are utilizing eBoost Events to process our silent auction at our Toast to Dennis – A Night of Remembrance, onSeptember 11, 2015.  This will allow you to bid on your cell phone.  

*To register, please visit  Click on Toast to Dennis Event and you will be registered.

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Thanks for your continued support!
The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund – A Toast to Dennis

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