bash shell script - Find word in text file

I have a text file that I want to hunt for an item then echo it.

The data in the file looks like this:

ITEM:  1411    DATE:  3/1/03

What I want to do is pull the number right after ITEM: and the date after DATE:, there are several spaces between ITEM: and the number as well as several spaces after DATE:

I want to put the following in a variable, so I can echo it later:
1411;3/1/03

Any ideas?

Thanks in advance!
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variable=`awk '/ITEM: .* DATE: /{print $2 ";" $4}' file`

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