Local studio plans fundraiser for dancer

A Columbus dance studio is planning a fundraiser to support one of its dancers whose mother died from complications of a bone marrow transplant.

Sonya’s Dance Zone will host the event from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the studio, 3140 N. National Road. It will feature a silent auction, food, bounce houses and face painting. Food and refreshments will be available.

The Night Owl Country Band will perform from noon to 2 p.m. Representatives of the Indiana Pacers’ Pacemates will be at the event from 1 to 2 p.m.

Organizer Sonya Denney, owner of Sonya’s Dance Zone, said she hopes the event is able to raise at least $4,000.

Proceeds will allow Rachel Rudzinski, 17, to continue dancing at the studio and participate in competitions, Denney said.

Her mother, Mary Jean Rudzinski of Columbus, died Aug. 14 at age 48. Among her school-related activities, Rudzinski served as the president of the Mom’s Club, an officer of the PTO of L. Frances Smith Elementary and as a cheerleading coach.