Photo: Jeff Binkert, Owner, House of Harley-Davidson and Hannah Vicich, MDA Southern Wisconsin Goodwill Ambassador

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MDA Black-N-Blue Ball


Friday, May 19, 2017

6:00 PM-12:00 AM
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Together with presenting sponsor Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southern Wisconsin hosts the Black-N-Blue Ball. A highlight among Milwaukee’s social events, the Ball’s motorcycle theme encourages guests to dress in black leather and blue denim. No stuffy tuxedos or fancy cocktail dresses here – just the opportunity for corporate and community leaders to come together and raise funds for a cure for neuromuscular disease.

The event features an evening full of fine dining and entertainment, live and silent auctions, a motorcycle raffle, a wine pull, and much more. In 2016, the Black-N-Blue Ball attracted a crowd of 1,250 guests and raised a record-breaking $1.1 million to support MDA’s programs and services. The Black-N-Blue Ball has raised nearly $10.5 million in the past 23 years! We invite you to join us and take part in one of Milwaukee’s premiere charitable events.


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6:00-8:00 PM – Cocktail Reception, Sponsored by: House of Harley-Davidson





Hors d’ouvres, Silent Auction, and the MDA Children’s Art Auction

8:00 PM – Dinner – followed by the evening program and Live Auction

10:00 PM-12:00 AM – Live music provided by “Stray Voltage”


Caprese Salad

Grilled Petit Filet with Caramelized Shallot Jus and Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Tomato Basil Chutney
Creamy Horseradish Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans

White Mousse Cake and Tiramisu

VIP Reception

Sponsored by: The Anderson Group, Inc. and George Webb Restaurants

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Rev up your motors from 5:30-6:30 PM at the VIP Champagne Reception before the evening’s festivities begin. Enjoy special entertainment and the chance to mingle with Harley-Davidson executives and MDA Goodwill Ambassadors.

Please enter the Wisconsin Center through the doors at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue. Upon registering for the Ball, you’ll be escorted to the VIP Champagne Reception.

This reception is for Heritage, Road King, and Ultra Classic sponsors only. For more information about the VIP experience at the Black-N-Blue Ball, contact Jenna Renno at 262-432-7992 or jrenno@mdausa.org.

Motorcycle Raffle

Sponsored by: JW Speaker Corp.
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Model Year 2014, MY14, Model Year 14, 2014, Heritage Softail Classic, Softail

This year’s raffle prize is a 2016 Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail Classic motorcycle with customization provided by JW Speaker Corporation, Calibre, Hayes Performance Systems and Milsco Manufacturing Company. Only 450 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $100 per ticket, and the winner does not have to be present to win.
How to participate: Tickets are $100 per ticket. If interested in purchasing a raffle ticket before the event, please call Amy Wetenkamp at 262-432-7992. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the event.


Silent Auction
The MDA Black-N-Blue Silent Auction features more than 350 unique and exciting packages for guests’ shopping and bidding pleasure! All the bidding is done from guests’ own mobile phones through Text2Bid, which also offers the ability to set you own maximum bids on items and receive notifications when they are outbid.

Learn how to bid with Text2Bid Sponsored by: The PrivateBank

Live Auction
A highlight of the MDA Black-N-Blue Ball is the Live Auction. There will be a variety of unique items that will capture the attention of our passionate and lively Ball guests. This year the Live Auction will feature many one-of-a-kind items and, of course, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Children’s Art Auction
Sponsored by: ATEK Metal Technologies
The MDA Children’s Art Auction will feature original artwork created especially for this event by children served by MDA. Guests have the opportunity to meet the artists and their families, and then bid on their art during a mini-live auction that takes place prior to dinner.


Wine Pull
Sponsored by: Modine Manufacturing





Everyone who participates in this unique raffle is a winner! Both wine connoisseurs and novices alike will find something they like, and have an opportunity to win one of many highly rated wines, as rated by well-respected sources such as Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast. Either way, if you play, you will take a bottle home with you; and remember, the more you play, the more you take home!

How to participate: Guests have the option to pay cash or charge their bidder number. $25 gets you one bottle of wine or buy 6 for $125 and receive a branded tote.

Craft Beer Pull
Sponsored by: Velocity Machine, Inc.

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This NEW attraction is for all the craft beer lovers out there. Again, everyone who participates is a winner! Pick a number to receive a six-pack of mixed craft beer from local and regional craft brewers. There might even be a few bombers and special/seasonal releases thrown into the mix. If you are a beer drinker, you won’t want to miss this attraction!

How to participate: For $20, you will receive a mixed six-pack in a branded tote. The Craft Beer Pull accepts cash or charges to a guest’s bidder number.

Temporary Tattoo Parlor
Sponsored by: CROWNCAP
Guests declare their independence at the Black-N-Blue Ball by having an airbrush tattoo artist apply a Harley-Davidson tattoo. There are several different styles to choose from. Guests will not want to miss this unique opportunity to show off their own sense of style and freedom.
How to participate: The Temporary Tattoo Parlor accepts cash donations that go directly to MDA.

Boot Shine
Sponsored by: Wolverine Worldwide, Inc.
Ball guests are able to have their boots professionally shined by one of Milwaukee’s best boot shiners, David Dobbs of the Boot Depot & Shoe Repair. Their boots never looked better after a shine!
How to participate: The Boot Shine accepts cash donations that go directly to MDA.

Coat Check
Sponsored by: Baron & Baron, Inc.
How to participate: The Coat Check accepts cash tips that go directly to MDA.

Photo Booth
Sponsored by: Babboni Photography
Guests can have their corporate table group or individual photos taken. Professional photographers Wayde and Lisa Peronto from Babboni Photography provide the motorcyle-themed backdrop for the special event photo. A special thanks to Hal’s Harley-Davidson for providing the motorcycle on display.
How to participate: One 5″x7″ group photograph per corporate table is complimentary. Guests can order additional photos for $20 each to benefit MDA. The photo booth also accepts cash donations that go directly to MDA. Guests also have the opportunity to pay $99 for a $500 gift certificate for Babboni Photography.

Summer Camp Appeal

MDA Summer Camp provides campers living with muscle disease a total camping experience, with the opportunity to learn new skills and develop friendships at no cost to MDA families. A week at camp can be one of the most rewarding experiences of a lifetime for campers and volunteers.

Show your support and provide a donation in any amount to support MDA Summer Camp during the live program at the event or sponsors can match a portion of the funds raised to double the impact of guests’ donations and fund research that will help get MDA from camp to a cure.

Thank you to KIDO for matching a portion of the dollars raised to fund research!

Live Entertainment

Sponsored by: Stray Voltage
Beginning at 10:00 PM Ball guests will rock the night away with the music of Stray Voltage. One of the area’s best bands featuring music from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.

Directions and Parking

The Wisconsin Center
400 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202


Hotel Information

Connected to the Wisconsin Center, the Hilton Milwaukee City Center is the official Hotel Sponsor of the Black-N-Blue Ball. The Hilton offers guests of the Black-N-Blue Ball a room rate of $119 for single or double occupancy, plus sales tax on Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20. Rate and room subject to availability. Call 414-935-5940 and request the Black-N-Blue Ball rate or click here to reserve online.
Hilton Milwaukee City Center
509 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203