Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Awards $20,000 Dream Wedding to Deserving Military Couple

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MILWAUKEE – Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee, announces the winning couple who will receive a free $20,000 dream wedding. Matthew Mangerson of Rhinelander, Wis., and Michelle Burton of Baraboo, Wis., were named the winners of the $20,000 military wedding giveaway.

Mangerson is a training officer for the 1-121st Field Artillery Battalion of the Wisconsin National Guard. His fiancée is a collections manager at The Field Museum in Chicago. The couple met in 2001 when they were both attending Ripon College. They became friends and kept in touch over the next six years and through two of Mangerson’s deployments to Iraq. The pair reconnected and began to date in 2012. Their love bloomed, even while Mangerson was deployed to Afghanistan for 11 months, and six months after returning home the couple was engaged.

Mangerson and Burton were one of four military couples selected to participate in the seven-week contest, which encouraged the public to vote for their favorite military couple on the Catering & Special Events at Potawatomi Facebook page. The contest was open to active military, guards and reservists.


“Thank you to our friends, family and everyone that voted for us and helped us win. The competition became so much more than just Michelle and I. We can’t even put into words how impressive the experience was,” said Mangerson.  

The $20,000 military wedding prize package includes ceremony and reception space, a delicious food and beverage package, wedding cake, floral, décor and a complimentary guest room for the couple in the property’s newly constructed hotel. The couple will have creative control over their special day and also determine the guest count.

“I think what we’re looking forward to most is being married and planning a wedding where our guests will have a great time,” added Burton.

The couple is planning a summer 2015 wedding.

About Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

Set in the heart of Milwaukee, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is Wisconsin’s premier entertainment destination, offering guests the best in gaming, dining and entertainment. The property features six award-winning restaurants, the intimate 500-seat Northern Lights Theater and more than 60,000 sq. feet of event space. A 381-room, 19-story hotel is currently under construction and will open in early fall 2014. To discover more visit www.paysbig.com.