Capt. Nicholas Rozanski
Fundraiser Sept. 15 honors fallen soldier, Dublin native
Co-workers of Capt. Nicholas Rozanski will honor his life with a Sept. 15 fundraiser.
John Westling, who worked with Rozanski at the Defense Supply Center in Columbus, said the day will serve as a time to celebrate the life of the Dublin native and other fallen soldiers.
Rozanski, a Dublin High School graduate, was one of three 37th Infantry Brigade members killed in action in Afghanistan April 4.
"This is new for me," Westling said of the Sept. 15 event.
"I've never done anything like this," he said.
"Nick Rozanski worked with me and he was killed in action April 4 in Afghanistan. It started out as something to do for Nick and evolved into a dual-purpose fundraiser."
Proceeds from the event will go to the Nick Rozanski Memorial Fund and the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial.
The event, which is set to run from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Coffman Park amphitheater, 5200 Emerald Parkway, will include music, games, food and a silent auction.
"We're doing quite a bit. We're raising money through a silent auction," Westling said.
"Ohio State University, the Columbus Blue Jackets and other local businesses donated items," he said.
"We have a good entertainment lineup. The Dublin Community Band trombone ensemble will play and we have color guard," Westling said.
"We've got another acoustic music set and then a feature band from 7 to 9 (p.m.). It's a country rock band and they're really awesome."
The English Project will headline the entertainment for the evening. Activities for children will also be on hand and include a climbing wall and inflatable games from Super Games.
"It's going to be lots of fun," Westling said.
Food will be provided by Bravo and Brio restaurants.
Although Westling said he only worked with Rozanski for about a year, his death was a loss.
"A lot of people worked with him," Westling said.
"We had just spoken with him on Tuesday (before he was killed)," he said, adding that Rozanski was going to begin shipping a few things home.
"He was excited. Then we got called into the conference room on Thursday morning and found out he had been killed. It's pretty tragic. He left behind a wife and two little girls."
Proceeds from the event will go to the Nick Rozanski Memorial Fund, which will award scholarships to Dublin students.
The Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial will also receive some of the proceeds.
Money donated to the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial will help support the nonprofit memorial in Sunbury that seeks to honor all Ohio military personnel killed while serving in military operations since Sept. 11, 2001.
As planning continues for the Sept. 15 event, Westling isn't sure what to expect, but plans to continue it next year.
"It could turn out to be a large event," Westling said.
"We may see up to 1,000 people. I'm hopeful that we'll have a really good turn out," he said. "I'd be excited to have 500."
Donations for the event can also be made through Huntington Bank to the attention of the Fallen Soldiers Fund -- Dublin, Ohio.
For more information on the Nick Rozanski Memorial Fund or to see a flier for the event, look online at rozanskimemorial.com.