About The Ball


Friday, May 8, 2020

6:00 PM-12:00 AM

Together with presenting sponsor Harley-Davidson® Motor Company, the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Southern Wisconsin hosts the Black-N-Blue Ball.

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 2019, the Black-N-Blue Ball attracted a crowd of 1,150 guests and raised over $1.2 million to support MDA’s programs and services. The Black-N-Blue Ball has raised over $14 million in the past 26 years! We invite you to join us and take part in one of Milwaukee’s premiere charitable events.

Event Schedule

VIP Experience

5:30 - 6:00 PM
Sponsored by Kadena Sportswear

Be among the first to check out the auction and attractions before the room fills...

Cocktail Reception

6:00 - 7:30 PM
Sponsored by SURG Restaurant Group

Cocktail Reception Hors d’ouvres, Silent Auction, and the MDA Children’s Art Auction Attractions: Wine Pull,...


7:30 PM

Cranberry apple salad with local goat cheese Smoked brown sugar short ribs & cranberry balsamic...



“When I was 12 years old, my hometown newspaper held a contest for kids. The topic was simple: write in 250 words or less what you liked about living in Wilmette, Illinois.

I didn’t win. I really didn’t think my voice mattered all that much so I didn’t enter. When I read the winning essay, I was shocked. It was awful. The kid who wrote it missed the obvious, her writing was cliched and frankly, I don’t even think it was her work. In my opinion, she all but stole that bike.

After that, I was determined to not stay silent anymore. When my family moved to Baraboo, Wisconsin I joined the high school paper. Heck, I STARTED the high school paper. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I studied journalism and wrote for one of the two student newspapers. When I discovered spelling didn’t matter so much, I switched to television. Just kidding. I love writing to great pictures and the FOX6 photojournalism staff is the best in the business.

I started at FOX6 even before FOX did — we were CBS when I joined in 1993. Since then, I’ve worked all shifts; covered everything from presidents to polar bears (human and actual bears); and have had the pleasure of working with some of the most decent people in the world.

I now anchor FOX6 News at 5 and FOX6 News at 10. I also write a daily opinion piece called “Ted’s Take.” It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I like the discussions it gets started with viewers. Check it out and write me a line-debate about issues is a healthy thing.

Oh, I finally got that bike. Bought it myself – it’s a 2003 Harley-Davidson Softail®. It’s the best way to see Wisconsin. If I see you on the road, I’ll wave hello. Unless you’re that kid who won that bike in 1976. Shame on you for keeping it — you didn’t deserve it.”



Orange, kohlrabi and fennel salad with harvest field greens, sweet bella peppers, pomegranate vinaigrette

Seared petite filet with garlic chicken, red skin mashed potatoes, forgotten vegetables, foraged mushroom demi.

Blueberry Napoleon with lemon custard, sweet cognac neufchatel, blueberry compote.

*Please be sure to contact Lyndsey Malek at lmalek@mdausa.org if you are a guest and have special dietary concerns

Directions and Hotel Information

The Wisconsin Center

400 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202


Hilton Milwaukee City Center

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 $139 for single or double occupancy, plus sales tax on Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8. Rate and room subject to availability. Call 414-935-5940 and request the Black-N-Blue Ball rate or click here to reserve online.


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