Bronze the Fonz
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Fonzie and friends come to Milwaukee Aug. 19

Bronze Fonz dedication will include public celebration, Brewers pre–game ceremonies.

MILWAUKEE — July 15, 2008 — What’s a better way to honor “the King of Cool” than a day–long series of events being billed as a “Celebration of Cool?” The dedication of the life–size bronze statue of Fonzie, the “Happy Days” iconic character created by Henry Winkler will happen in Milwaukee, Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Winkler will return to Milwaukee for the dedication ceremonies and bring with him his friends and co–stars, including Marion Ross (Mrs. Cunningham), Tom Bosley (Mr. Cunningham), Erin Moran (Joanie), Don Most (Ralph Malph) and Anson Williams (Potsie).

Stars of the “Happy Days” spin–off, “Laverne & Shirley,” Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams (Laverne and Shirley respectively) are also expected to attend along with the show’s creator, director/producer Garry Marshall and “Happy Days” producer Bob Boyett.

In addition, the star of the new “Happy Days” stage musical (coming to Milwaukee’s Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Jan. 6–11, 2009), Joey Sorge (Fonzie) will attend and perform at the Peck Pavilion at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts public party.

Event Specifics

Public Celebration: Autographs to Benefit Boys & Girls Club Literacy Program

From 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Culver’s Frozen Custard will be hosting a free public frozen custard social at the Peck Pavilion at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts downtown. There, Winkler and the other guests are scheduled to make an appearance. Starting at 9 a.m.,100 limited edition bronze the Fonz commemorative posters will go on sale at $50 each at the Peck Pavilion with proceeds going to SPARK (Spheres of Proud Achievement in Reading for Kids). SPARK is a program coordinated by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee in partnership with the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

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Joey Sorge, the new “Fonzie” and the star of the new “Happy Days” stage musical will also perform a few numbers from the show. All fans attending the party will also receive a free bronze the Fonz baseball card compliments of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts.

Note: Because of time limitations, the cast will only be signing the first 100 posters. Additional posters at $20 each and bronze the Fonz t–shirts for $22 will also be available with proceeds going to SPARK.

Homecoming Parade

At 5:45 p.m. the entire cast, in vintage convertibles, will drive down Wisconsin Avenue (starting at Water Street) to Blue Mound Road and into Miller Park. The public is invited to line Wisconsin Avenue for the homecoming parade.

Play Ball!

The day–long celebration will conclude when Henry and his cast colleagues are honored at a pre–game ceremony at Miller Park prior to the Brewers–Astros game. The cast will throw out the first ball and Anson Williams, who portrayed “Potsie” on the show will sing the National Anthem. A commemorative bronze the Fonz baseball card will be given to every fan that attends the game. Media credentials for the game are required. Contact John Steinmiller, john.steinmiller@brewers.com, (414) 902–4470.

Special hotel arrangements coming soon.

Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli, the “Happy Days” character portrayed by Henry Winkler was recently selected number 32 on Entertainment Weekly and TV Land’s list of the top TV icons of all time. The show, “Happy Days” ran for 11 seasons on ABC starting in 1974 and was inspired by the real–life experiences and characters of Thomas Miller, who served as executive producer on the series and grew up in Milwaukee.

More information on the bronze the Fonz project can be found at bronzethefonz.com.

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For more information on the project or to contribute, please contact David Fantle at dfantle@milwaukee.org

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