About The Ball


Friday, May 10, 2019

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 2018, the Black-N-Blue Ball attracted a crowd of 1,250 guests and raised over $1.1 million to support MDA’s programs and services. The Black-N-Blue Ball has raised over $13 million in the past 25 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.”



Cranberry apple salad with local goat cheese

Smoked brown sugar short ribs & cranberry balsamic glazed chicken with whipped sweet potato, and roasted Brussel sprouts.

Blueberry cheesecake for dessert.

*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 9 and Friday, May 10. 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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