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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

VISIT Milwaukee Releases DearMKE Film Featuring MONDO LUCHA!

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Wendy Strong, Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee
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VISIT Milwaukee Releases DearMKE Film Featuring MONDO LUCHA!

The newest film depicts the iconic Milwaukee wrestling event to take place Sept. 5

MILWAUKEE— (Aug 27, 2014) – VISIT Milwaukee has released its tenth DearMKE film on DearMKE.com, this time showcasing MONDO LUCHA!. This colorful annual event, featuring High Flyin’ Pro wrestlers, national burlesque acts and musical performances, will take place on Sept. 5th at 8 p.m. at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall.

The film gives a behind-the-scenes look at MONDO LUCHA!, which co-creator and executive producer Andy Gorzalski describes as a “crazy variety show” and a “Muppet show for adults”. Gorzalski is also a producer at Milwaukee advertising agency Cramer-Krasselt.

The annual event debuted in 2008 and has since become a quintessential, Milwaukee-made extravaganza that features both national and local talent, including this year’s music headliner, Body Futures, a Milwaukee-based band. A leader in the Indy wrestling scene, Milwaukee’s MONDO LUCHA! draws hundreds of people to the Turner Hall Ballroom each year. 

“This is just another great example of how Milwaukee shines through the creative and talented individuals who live and work here,” said Paul Upchurch, president and CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.  “Mondo Lucha! is such a unique event, we felt we needed to capture the story in our DearMKE series.”

The DearMKE film series is a first-ever collaborative project that brings together an all-Milwaukee creative team under the direction of VISIT Milwaukee and Hollywood producer Jack Turner, who grew up in Milwaukee.

DearMKE paints a picture of Milwaukee and its many facets as told through the stories of Milwaukeeans. The project is designed to build Milwaukee’s image, attract new businesses, bring more visitors to town and, of course, build the pride of the individuals who live here.

People can also upload their own pictures and stories to the website.  To see an additional 1,000+ video clips, stories and photos of Milwaukeeans sharing their love and city pride, go to DearMKE.com.

DearMKE can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Share your Milwaukee pride by tagging Instagram and Twitter images with the hashtag #DearMKE.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.62 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2013and supported more than 48,500 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Bingo 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, August 19, 2014

VISIT Milwaukee Names New Senior VP Sales

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Wendy Strong, Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee
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VISIT Milwaukee Names New Senior VP Sales

MILWAUKEE— (August 19, 2014) – Marco Bloemendaal will join the staff of VISIT Milwaukee as senior vice president of sales effective Sept. 8. In his position, Bloemendaal will direct the VISIT Milwaukee sales and service teams in their efforts to attract national and regional conventions, as well as provide superior service to conventions when they arrive in Milwaukee.

“Marco Bloemendaal’s extensive sales leadership experience in hotels, major meetings and leisure destinations and secondary markets will be very helpful to our efforts to sell Milwaukee in today’s competitive market,” said Paul Upchurch, President & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee. “We are excited to welcome Marco to Milwaukee.”

Bloemendaal is currently senior vice president of convention sales and services for VISIT Seattle. He also spent five years as director of convention sales at Experience Columbus and four years as senior national sales executive at the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

A native of the Netherlands, Marco spent eight years in both hotel operations and sales in Amsterdam, including two years as director of international sales, North America for more than 60 hotel properties in Europe, where his major accounts were located in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.62 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2013and supported more than 48,500 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Bingo 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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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

IndyFest Rumbles in to the Milwaukee Mile

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Wendy Strong, Director of Public Relations
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IndyFest Rumbles in to the Milwaukee Mile

This action-packed festival will feature live music, family activities and more!

MILWAUKEE– August 13, 2014 – The Milwaukee IndyFest brings the Verizon IndyCar Series, Indy Lights and Pro Mazda Championship to the Milwaukee Mile for another year of fast cars, great music and family fun from Thursday through Sunday, August 14-17. Visit the longest continually operating speedway in the world, the Milwaukee Mile, for an unforgettable time.

Off-site activities begin Thursday, August 14, with a Bartender Challenge at the Hilton Milwaukee Downtown and the Harley IndyFest Bike Night at the Harley-Davidson Museum, where an IndyFest show car will be on display. On Friday night, the Milwaukee IndyFest Street Party will take place the Hilton Milwaukee Downtown, hosted by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, complete with live music, food vendors and local entertainment for everyone to enjoy! There will also be autograph sessions with the drivers and vintage cars on display.

At the Milwaukee Mile on Friday and Saturday, IndyFest has everything a racing fan would love and more! Cool off and relax at the Coors Light Music & Beer Garden in the Verizon Indycar Fan Village, where each day there will be live music beginning at 10 a.m. On Saturday, fans can also participate in the Milwaukee IndyFest Pit Stop Challenge to test out their pit crew skills against friends for some friendly competition. Later in the evening, you can see the pros duke it out for a chance to win the 2014 Milwaukee IndyFest Pit Stop Challenge Champion title. 

Race action takes place on Friday, with practice sessions from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Saturday with practice and racing heats from 9:00 a.m. – 6:15 p.m., and Sunday starting at noon.

The Family Fun Zone has activities for children of all ages throughout the festival, including the iconic Milwaukee IndyFest Ferris wheel, a merry-go-round, bumper cars as well as raised viewing platforms to watch all of the race action. All carnival rides are free with general admission purchase. Fans can also take part in interactive IndyCar and product displays and live Q&A’s with the drivers at the Verizon IndyCar Fan Village. You can even get the autograph of your favorite driver at the autograph sessions on Sunday!

The Marcus Club, located in the heart of the IndyCar paddock, lets fans take in all of the action from a private viewing platform.  This VIP club will feature appearances by members of the legendary open-wheel racing family Michael and Marco Andretti, as well as other IndyCar drivers and legends. Marcus Club members can interact with these stars during exclusive Q&A and autograph sessions.

IndyCars aren’t the only things racing during IndyFest. The World Championships of Rickshaw Racing takes place all weekend with two qualifying races on Saturday and the championship race on Saturday. Featuring some of the best and brightest stars in Rickshaw Racing, this is one event not to be missed!

Make it a weekend in Milwaukee and stay at the stylish Hilton Milwaukee Downtown, an art deco hotel offering a prime location as well as the elegant Milwaukee Chop House and casual Miller Time Pub as dining options after a long day of festivities.

For more information, including a complete schedule of race events, go to www.milwaukeeindyfest.com

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.62 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2013and supported more than 48,500 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Bingo 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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Monday, August 11, 2014

Fun for All at Milwaukee Irish Fest 2014

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Wendy Strong, Director of Public Relations
VISIT Milwaukee
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Fun for All at Milwaukee Irish Fest 2014

Highlights include Scotland Music Showcase and Brian Ború Millennium Celebration

MILWAUKEE— (August 11, 2014) –  People from all over the world will get their Irish on this weekend as Milwaukee Irish Fest celebrates its 34th year at Henry Maier Festival Park from August 14-17. The largest Irish festival of its kind in the country welcomes all to experience another year of music, culture, dance, sports and all-round family fun.

From Irish folk to Celtic rockers – music is at the heart of the festival. With 100 acts on 16 stages, there’s something for every music lover, from festival favorites Gaelic Storm and the Red Hot Chilli Pipers to exciting new acts like Socks in the Frying Pan, a young trio from County Clare, and Searson, high-energy fiddling sisters from Canada.

Highlighting a different Celtic music focus each year, Milwaukee Irish Fest honors Scotland this year with the Scotland Music Showcase, celebrating the richness and diversity of Scotland’s traditional music.  Eight of Scotland’s contemporary folk bands will perform, including Manran, a Glasgow based group with a powerful blend of Gaelic and English traditional music,  the bright, breezy sounds of Skerryvore, and Gria, four women from Scotland with a unique sound making their first appearance in the United States.

In addition to thrilling music and dance, Irish Fest showcases Irish theater, language and arts and crafts in the Theatre Pavilion, Hedge School, Literary Corner and Moore Street Market in the Cultural Village. Spirited athletic competition is on tap at the traditional Currach boat races in the lagoon and at the tug-of-war event featuring teams from the US and Canada.

Presented by Milwaukee Irish Fest in conjunction with four counties – Clare, Tipperary, Dublin and Armagh – the Brian Ború Millennium Celebration commemorates the battle that took place 1,000 years ago and changed the future of Ireland.  The story of Brian Ború Dalcassian, Ireland’s first modern ruler, will be told in the Cultural Village through exhibits on history, culture, music and even food.

Along with festival favorite foods like corned beef, Irish stew and baked potatoes on offer at 42 vendors, guests can also indulge in new food items, including Haggis on fried potatoes at McBob’s and Paddy’s chicken dipped in whiskey sauce from Winston’s. And specially created for the festival this year are the Mighty Quinn (Jameson Old Fashioned), as well as Jameson flavored ice cream courtesy of Gilles Frozen Custard.

Also new this year is a Cooking Demonstration Pavilion, the Celtic Kitchen, featuring Donnagh Gregson, acclaimed Irish chef and owner of the Bunratty Cooking School in County Clare, who will demonstrate  traditional and modern Irish cuisine.

Milwaukee Irish Fest also offers the best shopping outside of Ireland with 90 vendors selling everything from soccer kits (jerseys) to fine art, jewelry, clothing, music and more. Several artisans from Ireland, including knitters, clothing designers and basket weavers,will be demonstrating their craft.

Family-friendly Milwaukee Irish Fest caters to kids in the Children’s Area with crafts and fun activities, including the Pot 'O Gold fishing game, Lilli-Putt miniature golf and the Lego activity area. New this year, children can take part in an archeological Viking Dig with archeologist Joanne Hughes in the Brian Ború area, watch brother and sister harpists in the Children’s Pavilion or learn about banjo-making.

Unmatched by any other festival, the Celtic Canine Area provides the opportunity to see nine Irish breeds and talk to some of the Midwest’s top breeders, as well as watch hourly events that include obedience, agility, hunting and conformation. 

A wide variety of special promotions and discounts, along with information on a new $25 Two-Day Pass for admission to the festival on both Saturday and Sunday can be found here: http://irishfest.com/Festival-Info/Tickets-Discounts.htm .

According to a study commissioned by United Ethnic Festivals (UEF) in 2013, Milwaukee Irish Fest contributes more than $20 million to the local economy and generates more than $1.2 million in local and state taxes annually. The festival creates more than 260 full-time equivalent jobs and positively impacts a wide variety of industries, including retail, restaurants, hotels and more.

For more information: www.irishfest.com.

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 600 members, including hotels/motels, restaurants, attractions, services and area businesses. Total business sales related to tourism amounted to $4.62 billion in Greater Milwaukee in 2013and supported more than 48,500 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Potawatomi Bingo 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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