24th Annual Black-N-Blue Ball Friday, May 19, 2017 6:00 PM-12:00 AM The Wisconsin Center Map Together with presenting sponsor Harley-Davidson Motor Company, the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southern Wisconsin…
24th Annual Black-N-Blue Ball
Friday, May 19, 2017
The Wisconsin Center Map
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.
Emcee – Carole Caine
Best known for her 30+ years as co-host of the Dave and Carole Morning Show on Milwaukee’s classic rock station 96.5 WKLH, Carole Caine now serves as station host for WVTV Super 18 The CW, in addition to working as a professional emcee, motivational speaker and storyteller. Carole is also very well known for helping raise nearly $20 million for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin during her years at WKLH.
6:00-8:00 PM – Cocktail Reception, Sponsored by: Barrett Lo Visionary Development
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”
Spinach and Apple Salad
Braised Beef Short Ribs with Blackberry Bourdelaise and Boursin & Artichoke Filled Chicken with a Fire Roasted Red Pepper Sauce
Chive Puree Potatoes and Aspargus Spears
Death by Chocolate and NY Cheesecake with Fresh Berries
Sponsored by: Anderson Packaging, LLC
Rev up your motors 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by: J.W. Speaker Corp.
This year’s raffle prize is a 2017 Harley-Davidson Low Rider S motorcycle with customization provided by J.W. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sponsored by: PACE Industries
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: TBD
This 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.
Sponsored by: Kendra Scott
Everyone who participates in this unique raffle is a winner! Guests can chose a box and win a piece of Kendra Scott jewelry valued at $50-195!
How to participate: Pay $50 to pick a box of jewelry and the piece you’ll find inside is valued at $50-195!
Sponsored by: Ascension
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.
Sponsored by: Midwest Orthopedic Specialty Hospital
How to participate: The Coat Check accepts cash tips that go directly to MDA.
Sponsored by: Babboni Photography
Guests can have their corporate table group or individual photos taken while at the VIP Reception. Professional photographers Wayde and Lisa Peronto from Babboni Photography provide the motorcycle-themed backdrop for the special event photo.
How to participate: One 5″x7″ group photograph per corporate table is complimentary for guests in the VIP Reception. Guests can order additional photos for $20 each to benefit MDA. The photo booth also accepts cash donations that go directly to MDA.
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.
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
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 $129 for single or double occupancy, plus sales tax on Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 19. 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