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Friday, February 15, 2013

Midwest Twisters Draws 2,000 Gymnasts to Wisconsin Center Feb 15-17

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Jeannine Sherman, Director of PR
VISIT Milwaukee
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Midwest Twisters Draws 2,000 Gymnasts to Delta Center Feb 15-17

MILWAUKEE – February 15, 2013 – Local gymnastics organization Midwest Twisters teams up with Hal’s Harley-Davidson for the 11th annual Midwest Twisters Gymnastics Invitational this weekend from February 15-17 at the Delta Center.

Nearly 6,000 people will be in attendance at this outstanding three-day event, including boys and girls teams from seven states competing on USA Gymnastics levels 3-10, NCAA Division 3 college teams and family members of the athletes.

According to Kathy Nelson of the Midwest Twisters, “At a time when child obesity is constantly in the news, it is our goal to promote general wellness and physical fitness through our many programs for children of all ages at locations across southeastern Wisconsin. With the generous support of families and the business community, thousands of children participate in Midwest Twisters programs. The Invitational provides an enriching and exciting experience for these talented young athletes.”

For the full schedule of events, see: http://www.midwesttwistersinvite.com/schedule

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. Tourism generated $2.36 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2011and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, 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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Thursday, February 14, 2013

VISIT Milwaukee Wins “Gertie Award”

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Jeannine Sherman, Director of PR                               
VISIT Milwaukee                                                         
414.287.6230                                                              
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VISIT Milwaukee Wins “Gertie Award”

MILWAUKEE – February 14, 2013 – VISIT Milwaukee received the prestigious “Gertie Award” at the annual meeting of the Milwaukee RiverWalk District held last night at Historic Turner Hall.

Since 1984, the “Gertie” has been awarded to individuals or organizations that have created something special in the RiverWalk district that enhances Milwaukee’s image and reputation.

Milwaukee RiverWalk Chairman Gary Grunau cited VISIT Milwaukee and its president, Paul Upchurch, for the vision, hard work and strong leadership shown in their efforts to change perceptions of the Milwaukee brand image nationally and to market the city as a prime destination for conventions and leisure travelers.

The “Gertie Award” refers to the legendary story of “Gertie the Duck” and her ducklings, who were discovered and saved by a Wisconsin Avenue bridge operator in 1945. The story of Gertie became a welcome antidote to the struggles of World War II and gave the city and the entire country a reason for hope during a tumultuous time in our history. In 1997 a bronze statue honoring Gertie and her ducklings was presented to the city by Eppstein Uhen Architects and installed on the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge.

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. Tourism generated $2.36 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2011and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, 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 13, 2013

Third Annual “Anime Milwaukee” convenes Feb 15-17

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Jeannine Sherman, Director of PR Molly Katzfey, Media Division Director
VISIT Milwaukee Anime Milwaukee Convention
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Third Annual “Anime Milwaukee” convenes Feb 15-17

Colorful, costumed fans to celebrate “anime” culture

MILWAUKEE – February 13, 2013 – From Speed Racer to Pokémon to Dragon Ball Z and Evangelion, Japanese animation or “anime” is now a multibillion dollar industry ranging from TV, DVDs and video games to toys and trinkets. Fascination with anime (pronounced “animay”) has skyrocketed via the internet, where a devoted fan base transcending age and gender revels in its complex plots dealing with emotions, relationship struggles and adventurous quests. Anime and its emerging counterculture will be celebrated at Anime Milwaukee, a colorful three-day event open to the public at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee and Delta Center from February 15-17.

Founded by the Japanese Animation Association at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and now run by the Entertainment and Cultural Promotions Society, Anime Milwaukee celebrates the culture of Japan, anime and comics (manga), as well as other related sub-cultures. Anime Milwaukee drew 3,500 attendees in 2012, many dressed as their favorite heroes. This year’s convention features celebrity guests in the industry, informative fan and guest panels, a costume contest, 24-hr video game and table-top game rooms, children’s programming, the Hoshi no Yume maid café with a 360 degree view of the city, a Japanese Lolita fashion show, a rave dance, karaoke, Pokémon events, and so much more.

Celebrity guests include nationally known anime voice actors Alexis Tipton, Todd Haberkorn, Chris Cason and Ian Sinclair, as well as comic artists Trevor Mueller, Alan Evans and Russell Lissau.

This year, Anime Milwaukee is partnering with the Distant Worlds Concert, which features music from the popular Final Fantasy video game series. World-renowned composer of Distant Worlds, Nobuo Uematsu, will be in attendance at the concert on Thursday, February 14th at the Milwaukee Theatre. Mr. Uematsu will also delight attendees with a Q&A session on Friday evening of questions submitted on the Anime Milwaukee Facebook page.

For the full schedule of events, see: http://www.animemilwaukee.com/

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. Tourism generated $2.36 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2011 and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, 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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Thursday, February 07, 2013

3,500 Expected for Statewide Reading Educators Convention at Wisconsin Center

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Jeannine Sherman
VISIT Milwaukee
800.231.0903 or 414.287.6230
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3,500 Expected for Statewide Reading Educators Convention at Delta Center

MILWAUKEE – February 7, 2013 – More than 3,500 educators from across the state are convening at the Delta Center from February 7-9 for the annual convention of the Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA) - “Literacy Lifts Lives: heart…mind…voice.” 

Featured international, national and Wisconsin-based experts will share their research and resources to help educators reach their professional development goals through sessions on literacy, language, and teaching methods, such as “How to Entice Reluctant Readers”, “Teaching with Meaning” and “Reading is a Guy Thing: Closing the Achievement Gap for Boys.”

For more information on WSRA and the conference: http://www.wsra.org/

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. Tourism generated $2.36 billion in spending in Greater Milwaukee in 2011and supported more than 47,000 local jobs. The City of Wauwatosa, Delta Air Lines, 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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