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Vince Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer comes to Festa Italiana 2016

May 12, 2016 | News Release

For the first time, Festa Italiana celebrates Coach Lombardi’s Italian heritage by partnering with Lombardi Walk/Run



Milwaukee – May 12, 2016 – Festa Italiana announced today that the 29th annual Milwaukee Vince Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer will be held for the first time at Festa Italiana 2016. The 3K Walk/5K Run, which supports local cancer care and research initiatives, will be Saturday, July 23, 2016 and will celebrate Coach Lombardi’s treasured Italian heritage.


All proceeds from the Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer support local Aurora Cancer Care programs and are eligible for a 50 percent match from the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.


“We’re thrilled to bring the memory and legacy of this Wisconsin legend to Milwaukee’s original ethnic festival,” said Joe Vella, president of the Italian Community Center and chairperson of Festa Italiana. “We can’t imagine a better partnership that not only commemorates Vince Lombardi’s strong Italian roots, but also fights for an extremely worthy cause.”


Early registration for the Walk/Run is $30 per adult runner ($35 after June 23) and $25 for adult walkers ($30 after June 23). For children ages 3-12, the 3K Walk is $15 (children 2 and under are free). Guest passes are available for $5 until noon.  Participating runners and walkers receive free admission into Festa, as well as have access to $5 parking in the Italian Community Center parking lot from 6:30 – 10:00 a.m.


Green Bay Packers alumni, Santana Dotson and Jerry Kramer, will also be in attendance during the Walk/Run.


The schedule for the 2016 Vince Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer at Festa Italiana is as follows:


7:30 a.m. Registration opens (North Gate)
9:30 a.m. Run begins
10:00 a.m. Walk begins
11:00 a.m. to Noon Post Walk/Run festivities at the Festa Stage
11:30 a.m. Run awards, 50/50 raffle and Kesslers Diamond Quarterback Awards
Noon to 2:00 p.m. Lombardi Food Hour! 10 percent of each purchase will benefit the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation


Check out the 2016 Lombardi Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer at Festa Italiana webpage or call  414-649-7019 to register and to start building your team today. Fundraising prizes will be available at varying levels after the event. Information about the prizes is also available on the Walk/Run webpage.


“The entire Lombardi team is proud to honor Coach’s Italian heritage and partner with Festa Italiana,” said Erin Hareng, executive director of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation. “We’re looking forward to a fun day of celebrating with our friends at Festa, all while raising funds for local cancer care and research.”


The Vince Lombard Walk/Run to Tackle Cancer is one of numerous activities available during Festa Italiana. For more information about the traditional Sunday mass, where there will be a special Lombardi blessing, the Bocce tournament, free family carnival, Cucina showcase, gondola rides, and more, please visit


About Festa Italiana Presented by Calypso Lemonades

The 39th annual Festa Italiana takes place at Henry W. Maier Festival Park (Summerfest grounds) on Milwaukee’s lakefront.  The festival runs Friday, July 22, to Sunday, July 24.


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 ethnic 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.


Advanced Tickets for Festa Italiana are on sale now. Purchase your advance online ticket for $10 through July 21 at For ticket questions, please call 414-223-2808.


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