The event, which is open to the public, will be in honor of Radzyminksi’s graduation from Tennessee Tech, as well as her commissioning into the U.S. Army as second lieutenant. This open house reception begins at 4:30 p.m., and ends at 6:30 p.m.
Radzyminski created Tunes 4 the Troops in 2005 as a 15-year-old Cleveland High School student. While attending a Sea Cadet camp in Pensacola, Fla., she had the opportunity to speak with some military personnel who had just come home from a deployment overseas.
They told her that while being overseas they missed entertainment. What few CDs/DVDs they brought with them were played so many times that they became repetitive, and were passed along to other troops so they could enjoyed them.
Hearing this sparked an idea: Radzyminski gathered her personal collection of CDs/DVDs, then asked her friends and school to do the same. This idea spread to the Cleveland and Bradley County community, then the state, eventually the nation, and actually became an international project.
By November 2005, some 500 items had been collected. That has now grown to more than 1.6 million CDs, DVDs, books on CD, iPods, Sony Playstations, Wii sets, MP3 players and iTunes gift cards being sent to troops overseas, as of December 2012.
Radzyminski graduated from Tennessee Tech Saturday with a degree in geographic information systems with a minor in military science.
Her military commissioning was Friday with Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland pinning her as 2nd lieutenant at the ceremony. Rowland, who said he is extremely honored to be chosen by Radzyminski for the pinning ceremony, is an Air Force veteran and retired colonel in the Tennessee State Guard.
Those wishing to attend Tuesday’s celebration are asked to RSVP their attendance.
Please contact Emily McComb at the United Way of Bradley County at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 423-479-2020.