The Plaza Theater of Burlington will host a special showing of the popular family movie “Dolphin Tale” with proceeds going to a fund set up to benefit the family of a local newspaper reporter critically injured in a bicycling accident.
All tickets for the 7 p.m. show on Thursday, Oct. 13, will be $10 with profits going to “The Friends of Mark Dudzik Benefit.”
Dudzik was critically injured when he was hit by a pickup truck Sept. 17 while participating in an organized bike ride in Sheboygan County.
Dudzik remained in intensive care at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah as of Monday and faces the prospect of a long recovery and rehabilitation.
At the time of the accident, Dudzik was the major breadwinner for his family, which includes his wife and two children, ages 10 and 7.
Proceeds from the benefit showing will be used to pay the cost of continuing his medical insurance.
Dudzik is employed by Southern Lakes Newspapers, which publishes the Standard Press where he worked as a reporter for nine years as well as the Waterford Post and Westine Report where Dudzik has served as editor the past two years.
“Dolphin Tale” is inspired by the true story of a dolphin and the compassionate strangers who band together to save its life. The cast includes Harry Connick, Jr., Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman.
Those who are unable to attend the movie but would like to help may send donations payable to: Friends of Mark Dudzik Benefit, North Shore Bank, 116 S. Pine St., Burlington, WI 53105.