Join us for the 25th anniversary Black-N-Blue Ball
Contact Jenna Renno to reserve your spot today!   262-432-7992



Friday, May 18, 2018

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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. And in 2018, we are BOTH celebrating special anniversaries – The Black-N-Blue Ball’s 25th and Harley-Davidson’s 115th!

The Ball is one of Wisconsin’s largest, longest-running and most successful fundraisers. The 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 2017, the Black-N-Blue Ball attracted a crowd of 1,250 guests and raised over $1 million to support MDA’s programs and services. The Black-N-Blue Ball has raised nearly $11.5 million in the past 24 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.

Carole Caine


6:00-8:00 PM – Cocktail Reception, Sponsored by:TBD

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”



VIP Experience

5:30-6:30 PM

Sponsored by: TBD

Enjoy the event, VIP style. You’ll receive access to the cocktail reception a half hour early, the chance to mingle with Harley-Davidson executives and MDA Goodwill Ambassadors, a champagne toast and other perks.

This special benefit 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

Motorcycle Raffle

Sponsored by: J.W. Speaker Corp.

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Last year’s raffle prize was 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. Stay tuned to see what it will be this year!

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.

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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: TBD

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: TBD

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.

Jewelry Pull

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!

Boot Shine

Sponsored by: TBD

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: TBD

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 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.

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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 $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