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Friday, March 13, 2015

Badger Region Championships starts this weekend

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For more information:

Jennifer Armson-Dyer
Badger Region Volleyball
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Cell phone: (414) 507-1124

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Margaret Casey
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Badger Region Championships starts this weekend

13th annual event at the Wisconsin Center March 14-15 and April 11-12

MILWAUKEE – March 13, 2015 – The Wisconsin Center’s 32 courts will host a record 456 teams over two weekends of the 13th annual Badger Region Championships hosted by the Badger Region Volleyball Association March 14-15 and April 11-12. This year's event is projected to draw 10,000 people to the Milwaukee area during the two weekends of competition. 

Ten divisions are slated to compete March 14-15: boys 12U, boys 13U, boys 14U, boys 15U, boys 16U, boys 17U, boys 18U, girls 13U, girls 15U and girls 16U. Seven divisions are set to compete April 11-12: adult men, adult women, girls 11U, girls 12U, girls 14U, girls 17U and girls 18U.

The Friday night before each weekend, the Wisconsin Center will also play host to the Badger Region High Performance tryouts. Top athletes from around the state will compete for a spot at the region’s high performance camp, held in July, and the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships, an international tournament this year held in Des Moines, Iowa, at the end of July. This program attracts the top talent in both the boys and girls playing ranks, as well as coaches. The Badger Region has won several medals in the past three years. 

Badger Region Volleyball Association strives to make this event a success for parents, players, coaches, officials and spectators alike. 

"We are very excited to host the 2015 Badger Region Championships at the Wisconsin Center once again," said Jennifer Armson-Dyer, Director of Operations for the Badger Region Volleyball Association. "This is our premier event and the growth that it has experienced is very exciting for the future of the sport. It is one of the biggest events for many participants and the atmosphere that surrounds this event is inspiring."

Admission is $6 per day or $10 for the weekend.

Visit the event website www.BadgerVolleyball.org for more information about the Region or the tournament.

VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 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 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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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Steampunk Winter Fun at Geneva Steam Midwinter Carnival March 6-8

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Margaret Casey, PR Coordinator
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-4232
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Or:

Melinda Mitchell, Ringmaster
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Steampunk Winter Fun at Geneva Steam Midwinter Carnival March 6-8

MILWAUKEE– (February 25, 2015) – Steampunk meets winter fun at the first annual Geneva Steam Midwinter Carnival to be held at the scenic Grand Geneva Hotel in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin the weekend of March 6-8.

Steampunk fans created this lively winter event to celebrate the genre and introduce it to a new audience. The public is invited to come join in the fun of indoor and outdoor games, cardboard toboggan run, skiing and other winter activities, while learning more about Steampunk and its colorful costuming and character development from representatives of local groups. Make-and-take art is on offer, along with vendors selling Steampunk costumes, accessories and trinkets.

A highlight of the carnival is the Grand Ball on Saturday night, March 7, which will featureDead Man's Carnival from Milwaukee performing electro-swing music, side show acts, juggling, magic, dance and more.

Geneva Steam welcomes fans already into Steampunk, along with those who are curious to check it out and experience the fun and frivolity of this eclectic hobby, all in the beautiful winter setting of the Grand Geneva Hotel.

For more information and a list of daily activities, see: http://www.genevasteam.com/

About VISIT Milwaukee
VISIT Milwaukee markets Greater Milwaukee to tourists, and convention and meeting planners, both nationally and internationally. VISIT Milwaukee has approximately 650 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 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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Monday, February 16, 2015

VISIT Milwaukee names new Director of Communications

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Katy Deardorff
VISIT Milwaukee
414-287-4255
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VISIT Milwaukee names new Director of Communications

MILWAUKEE— (February 16, 2015) –  Kristin Settle will join the staff of VISIT Milwaukee as director of communications effective March 2. In her position, Settle will direct the VISIT Milwaukee communications team in its role as primary interface for local, regional, national and international media and in support of the organization’s marketing plan to strengthen Milwaukee’s image as a leisure and meetings destination.

Milwaukee Magazine recently named Settle as one of the top “Reasons to Love Milwaukee”  as “The PR Boss,” in a reference to her role as public relations manager and spokesperson for the Milwaukee Art Museum since 2010.  Her previous experience includes account management at Zizzo Group Advertising + PR + New Media, where she worked on the Wisconsin Center District account, along with policy and research analysis for One Wisconsin Now and work on various political campaigns.

A graduate of UW-Madison in Journalism and Political Science, Kristin earned a Masters of Public Administration from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York.

“Kristin’s tenure with the iconic Milwaukee Art Museum, one of the city’s major attractions and long-time partner of VISIT Milwaukee, gives her a great advantage in working with our more than 650 partners to promote the city as a sought-after destination. We are confident that she will encourage best communications practices at VISIT Milwaukee and will champion the economic impact of the tourism industry in our area,” said Paul Upchurch, president & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee.

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 2013 and 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, February 11, 2015

Top 10 Things to do for Valentine’s Day in Milwaukee

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Katy Deardorff, Communications Manager
VISIT Milwaukee
414-507-9009
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Top 10 Things to do for Valentine's Day in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE– (Feb. 11, 2015) Rest assured, whether you’re looking for a sophisticated meal, an offbeat adventure, a “Singles Awareness Day” or family fun, there is going to be something for you to do in Milwaukee this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Foodies can enjoy the Big Night Aphrodisiac Dinner at The Chef’s Table, an interactive dining experience featuring six courses guaranteed to stoke the fires of your passions.

2. The Harley-Davidson Museum® will be hosting Brenner Brewing Co. for a dinner featuring bacon and beer pairings.

3. Starry-eyed lovers might enjoy “Romancing the Stars” in the Daniel M. Soref Planetarium at the Milwaukee Public Museum.

4. Splash Studio will be featuring couples canvas paintings for the more artistic pair.

5. Bounce Milwaukee is offering a Valentine’s Day package including laser tag, a heart-shaped pizza, loaded tots and more.

6. For something on the sweeter side, couples can indulge in an aphrodisiac-inspired wine and chocolate pairing class at Indulgence Chocolatiers.

7. Singles can still celebrate Valentine’s Day at Miller Time Pub, who will be hosting a Love BITES Party featuring comfort food bites, special “hook-up” shots and a therapeutic “ex-destroying” contest.

8. Evolution Gastro Pong will be hosting a Kiss & Tell Un-Valentine’s Day Party with free ping pong and a “worst-kiss” story contest.

9. Families can also get out and enjoy kid-friendly activities to celebrate Valentine’s Day! The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum will be hosting an ice cream social with crafts and sweet treats, in addition to celebrating the grand opening of its new exhibit “Word Headquarters.”

10. Discovery World has partnered with several organizations to present “Love Your Great Lakes” Saturday with interactive experiences and nautical-themed projects in the Kohl’s Design It! Lab.

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 2013 and supported more than 48,500 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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