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Festa Italiana Introduces New Lombardi Sports Auction & Lounge to Benefit Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation; Jerry Kramer Available for Singing on Sunday

Presented by Annex Wealth Management, attendees can bid on historic memorabilia provided by Legends of the Field all three days of Festa!

By - Jul 1st, 2015 10:27 am

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, July 1, 2015… Festa Italiana presented by Calypso Lemonades is excited to bring the Lombardi Sports Auction & Lounge, presented by Annex Wealth Management, to this year’s festival taking place July 17-19, 2015 at Henry W. Maier Festival Park. Located in the MillerCoors VIP courtyard, the auction and lounge will allow attendees to browse unique historic and authentic memorabilia provided by Legends of the Field.

Special guest Jerry Kramer, legendary Green Bay Packer, will join the Lombardi Sports Auction & Lounge at 1 p.m. on Sunday, July 19. Kramer, a supporter of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation, will be available for signing opportunities and will meet-n-greet with Festa-goers in the Lounge.

Auction items include a Mike Holmgren Autographed Green Bay Packers Replica Helmet, Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks Autographed Stretched Canvas, Brett Favre and Bart Starr Dual Autographed Framed Legends of Lambeau Tim Spransy 26×32 Lithograph, Bart Starr Autographed Framed 18×24 Green Bay Packers LE 550 Litho and Clay Matthews Autographed Riddell Packers Authentic Speed Helmet, to name a few.

The Sports Auction & Lounge will be open from 4-8 p.m. Friday, July 17, and from 1-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19. Final auction items will close at 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 19. While browsing, attendees are able to enjoy Peroni, learn more about the Vince Lombardi Foundation and his connection to the Italian community. Also available will be a limited edition Festa/Lombardi t-shirt to wear with pride, with all proceeds benefitting the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.

“We’re very excited to partner with the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation at this year’s Festa. The Lombardi Lounge and Sports Auction will offer attendees the opportunity to bid on some special items and also come to know the history of Vince Lombardi and his ties to the Italian community. We hope everyone stops by, enjoys a Peroni and helps us support a great cause,” said Dave Spano, president and CEO of Annex Wealth Management and sponsor of the Lombardi Lounge and Sports Auction.

“Cancer impacts too many in our community, and we know that it takes a team to tackle the disease. Our team is thrilled to join the Festa Italiana family, as they embrace this cause,” said Erin Hareng, executive director of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation. “Honoring the tradition of a great coach, we’ve got a great team built to win cancer.”

There is no cost to access the VIP auction. Attendees can purchase a Vince Lombardi package for $25 that includes a first-ever vintage Italian inspired t-shirt, Peroni glass and Peroni drink voucher. T-shirts are also available for purchase at the Sports Auction & Lounge and online at: http://festaitaliana.com/activities/sports-auction/.

Tickets for Festa Italiana are now on sale. Purchase your advance ticket for $10 now through July 16 at http://www.festaitaliana.com. For ticket questions, please call 414-223-2808.

About the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation

The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation began in 1971 to honor the legendary coach who passed away from colon cancer at the young age of 57. Through its partnership with Aurora Health Care, the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation has contributed more than $18 million to support cancer services and research at Aurora Cancer Care clinics across Wisconsin. For more information about the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation, visit www.LombardiFoundation.org.

About Festa Italiana Presented by Calypso Lemonades

The 38th annual Festa Italiana takes place at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds) on Milwaukee’s lakefront. The festival runs Friday, July 17, to Sunday, July 19.

Festa Italiana is the largest Italian event of its kind in America today. The Festival began in 1978 for the purpose of reuniting an Italian community torn apart by urban renewal projects and was the first ethnic festival in Milwaukee. Today, several ethic festivals are celebrated on Milwaukee’s lakefront and the city is now widely known as the City of Festivals. Through the dedication of more than 2,000 volunteers, the annual Festa Italiana has become a favorite family event to Milwaukee and surrounding areas.

Please follow Festa Italiana on Twitter @FestaMKE and become a fan of Festa Italiana on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/festaitalianamilwaukee. For more information on the festival, please visit www.FestaItaliana.com or call 414-223-2808.

Festa Italiana is sponsored in part by Calypso Lemonade, MillerCoors, PyraMax Bank, Greco and Sons, Major Goolsby’s, Sendiks, Catholic Financial Life, Gruber Law Offices, Red Gold Tomato Products, Frigo Cheese, Annex Wealth Management, Peter Sciortino Bakery, Giuffre Bros. Cranes, The Bartolotta Restaurants, Pick ‘n Save, Reina International Auto, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, International Autos Group, Country Financial and the Public Market.

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