The Wauwatosa community has benefited from the presence of 34-year resident Jeff Roznowski.

Due to Roznowski's many contributions to the city he has been named the recipient of the Wauwatosa 2016 Distinguished Citizen Award.

Since 1964, the Wauwatosa Distinguished Citizen Award Council has honored the people who have made significant voluntary contributions to community life in Wauwatosa that make the city such a great place to live, according to a release from the council.

"Jeff has been involved with a diverse array of community groups and projects benefiting people who live and work in Wauwatosa, by honoring the past, being tangible in the present and elevating the future of our city," the release said.

Among the items credited to Roznowski are chairing the Blarney Run for 25 years, assisting with both the renovation of the Wauwatosa Historical Society’s Little Red Store and the Kneeland-Walker House roof, as well as starting up the Little & Big Red Bike Rides and the Red Bike sharing program.

The release said Roznowski has raised funds in excess of a half-million dollars for various citywide causes and organizations, including the Safe Routes to School program for pedestrians and bikers, pediatric ambulance bags, Tosa Skateboarders United, and Bublr Bikes.

"Jeff had the environment at heart when he led community forums to reduce the usage of plastic bags," the release said. "He always has the youth and their families in mind when he coached soccer, baseball and basketball teams."

Roznowski has also mentored young people as a member of the Wauwatosa Youth Commission, served as a judge at the Wauwatosa East and West High School Issue Fairs and served on the Wauwatosa Village Business Improvement District Board of Directors and Plan Team for six years.

"While Jeff recently retired as alderman of the sixth district, he continues to remain active in the community as board vice president of the Friends of Hoyt Park and Pool, the city’s Board of Review and co-founder and board member for the MidTown Tosa business group," the release said. "He truly believes in leaving things better than he found them."

The public is invited to recognize Roznowski Wednesday, April 5 at the Blue Mound Golf and Country Club at the Wauwatosa 2016 Distinguished Citizen Award Banquet and Ceremony. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. (cash bar) and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item, which will benefit the Tosa Cares Food Pantry in honor of Roznowski's unending desire to help those in need.

Tickets for the banquet are $45. Reservation information can be accessed on the city's website at www.wauwatosa.net. The reservation deadline is Friday, March 24.

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