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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

German Heritage “Gaufest” in Milwaukee Jul 30-Aug 3

For Immediate Release

For more information, contact:

Darlene Behr
Local Organizer
414-651-0750 cell
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or
Kristin Settle
Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
414.477.7202
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German Heritage “Gaufest” in Milwaukee Jul 30-Aug 3
1500 expected to attend colorful event

MILWAUKEE (July 28, 2015) – With its history as one of the most German cities in the U.S., Milwaukee makes the ideal host city for the 25th annual “Gaufest.” From July 30-August 3, the Gauverband Nordamerika welcomes 1500 attendees to Milwaukee from more than 75 Bavarian Schuhplattler societies throughout the US and Canada to celebrate pride in German heritage and preservation of traditions.

The Hilton Milwaukee and Hyatt Regency Milwaukee will host a full schedule of activities including workshops and performances of German music, choral works and folk dancing, as well as seminars on how and when to wear traditional dress (“Tracht”).

A sheepshead (“Schafkopf”) tournament is also featured, along with activities for children, entertaining nightly shows and dances, and a parade of flags.

Local sponsors of “Gaufest” include Old German Beer Hall, Usinger’s Fine Sausage, German Fest and S&H Distributors.

For more about “Gaufest,” click here.

About Gauverband Nordamerika, Inc.

Gauverband Nordamerika is a 501(c)(3) organization, which aims to preserve and perpetuate the cultural heritage of Bavaria (Germany) and Tyrol (Austria), including its customs, ethnic costumes, language, folk music, and folk dances. We provide our member societies in the United States and Canada with educational programs and opportunities for fellowship through conferences, festivals, and published media; and we cultivate ties with heritage societies in Bavaria and Tyrol.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention organizers and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. In 2014, tourism amounted to $4.9 billion in total business sales in Greater Milwaukee and supported more than 49,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Volunteers Needed for USA Triathlon Aug 8-9

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:

Kristin Settle
VISIT Milwaukee
414.477.7202
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Volunteers Needed for USA Triathlon Aug 8-9
Event organizers hope for best ever third and final year in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE — July 21, 2015— Milwaukee’s spectacular lakefront once again plays host to the prestigious USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships on August 8-9. A record 6,500 athletes are registered for the Saturday and Sunday events, which require a huge local volunteer effort. VISIT Milwaukee is looking to fill the remaining 400 of 800 shifts of volunteers needed to cover the swimming, biking and running courses.

The Olympic Distance National Championship will be held on Saturday, featuring a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run, and Sunday’s event is the Sprint National Championship, involving a sprint distance event of 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5- kilometer run.

Volunteers are needed to assist in areas such as bag check, transition support, bike check-in and out, course support, life guards and many other stations along the course.

“We invite the community to get close to the action and join the fun of volunteering for this national triathlon. All training will be done prior to the event, and volunteers get a cool t-shirt, food and a great story to tell,” according to Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

For more information on the various volunteer duties and shifts available, please click here.

VISIT Milwaukee estimates the economic impact of USA Triathlon to the community of $5.3 million.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention organizers and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. In 2014, tourism amounted to $4.9 billion in total business sales in Greater Milwaukee and supported more than 49,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Northwestern Mutual Annual Meeting Draws 10,000 To Milwaukee Venues

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:

Kristin Settle, Director of Communications
VISIT Milwaukee
414.477.7202
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or

John Gardner
Senior Public Relations Consultant
Northwestern Mutual
800.323.7033
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Northwestern Mutual Annual Meeting Draws 10,000 To Milwaukee Venues
Annual event for Milwaukee-based financial security company to pump about $12.9 million into local economy

MILWAUKEE — July 16, 2015— Northwestern Mutual will hold its 135th Annual Meeting of the Association of Network Representatives in Milwaukee on July 18-22, 2015. The event will draw 10,000 people from across the country, comprising members of Northwestern Mutual and their families. The company’s Annual Meeting will have an estimated economic impact of approximately $12.9 million* for the local economy and occupy about 13,819 hotel room nights.

"We are thrilled to welcome Northwestern Mutual back to Milwaukee once again,” said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. “Northwestern Mutual represents the largest convention of our year and has a tremendous impact on our area's economy. We look forward to welcoming the thousands of attendees to Milwaukee and creating great experiences for them while they're here."

For Northwestern Mutual, it’s an opportunity for the company’s employees and financial professionals to reflect on another strong year. The company expects to distribute dividends exceeding $5.5 billion (the largest in its nearly 160 year history) to participating policyowners and maintains the highest financial strength ratings awarded to any life insurer by all four of the major credit rating agencies.

"We place great value on enhancing our relevance with clients, policyowners and potential clients,” said Northwestern Mutual Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John E. Schlifske. “Many people are facing challenges with financial planning throughout their life stages. We continually evolve to focus on helping people overcome those challenges and meet their long-term financial security goals.”

The goal of the five-day meeting is to further develop Northwestern Mutual’s acclaimed field force. Financial representatives network, mentor their peers, learn new information, discuss best practices, engage in continuing education opportunities and share ideas.

Northwestern Mutual will be conducting events and seminars for its financial representatives at the Wisconsin Center, the BMO Harris Bradley Center and at metro hotels including the Hilton Milwaukee City Center, the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, the InterContinental Hotel & Resort and the Pfister Hotel. In addition, the company is hosting events at Discovery World and the Milwaukee County Zoo, and promoting area attractions to the financial representatives’ families, including the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Gift of Wings Kite Shop, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, and the Milwaukee Public Museum and Daniel M. Soref National Geographic Dome Theater.

About Northwestern Mutual
Northwestern Mutual has been helping families and businesses achieve financial security for nearly 160 years. Our financial representatives build relationships with clients through a distinctive planning approach that integrates risk management with wealth accumulation, preservation and distribution. With $230 billion in assets, $27 billion in revenues, nearly $90 billion in assets under management in our investment products and services, and more than $1.5 trillion worth of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual delivers financial security to 4.3 million people who rely on us for insurance and investment solutions, including life, disability income and long-term care insurance; annuities; trust services; mutual funds; and investment advisory products and services. Northwestern Mutual is recognized by FORTUNE magazine as one of the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance companies in 2015.

Northwestern Mutual is the marketing name for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Milwaukee, WI, and its subsidiaries. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a comprehensive approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, annuities, life insurance with long-term care benefits, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention organizers and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. In 2014, tourism amounted to $4.9 billion in total business sales in Greater Milwaukee and supported more than 49,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

*Economic impact estimates direct and indirect sales based on the group’s projections and past history of the group.

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Historic Brewery Bike Tour on Tap this Weekend

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:

Justin Schmitz, Owner/Manager                                       
Ofc: 608.467.5707                       
Cell: 920.740.8791
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or

Margaret Casey
VISIT Milwaukee
Ofc: 414.287-4232
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Historic Brewery Bike Tour on Tap this Weekend
Hop Head Beer Tours launches new tour in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE — July 13, 2015— Madison’s Hop Head Beer Tours invites you to grab your bike and a buddy and hit the road when it launches its Historic Brewery Bike Tour in Milwaukee on Saturday, July 18 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tours are led by passionate advocates of craft beer, with an emphasis on education and discussion about beer brewing in Milwaukee. The tour visits the sites of the Beer Titans – Schlitz, Blatz, Pabst and Miller – and includes a stop at Milwaukee Ale House for a small sampling. Last stop is Lakefront Brewery for its famous brewery tour.

The price is $55/person and includes two tour guides, history at each location, a sampling at Milwaukee Ale House, and the tour and beer at Lakefront Brewery.

For more information: www.hopheadtours.com

Twitter: @HopHeadBeerTour

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hopheadbeertours

Hop Head Tours: “On a Mission to Provide Safe, Fun, Educational Tours of Craft Beer Breweries and Beer-Related Attractions.”

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, convention organizers and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. In 2014, tourism amounted to $4.9 billion in total business sales in Greater Milwaukee and supported more than 49,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and the Wisconsin Center District are strategic partners with VISIT Milwaukee, providing funding support for conventions and tourism programs.  For more information call 1-800-554-1448 or visit www.visitmilwaukee.org.

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