20th annual Black-N-Blue Ball again benefits MDA

Publish Date: 
Apr 30, 2013

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Hundreds of Milwaukee business and community leaders are revved up to dress down for the 20th annual Black-N-Blue Ball May 3 to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

“This year's Black-N-Blue Ball is particularly special because it coincides with our company’s 110th anniversary," Harley-Davidson president and COO Matt Levatich said. "The Ball is a fun, and important, event for Milwaukee's community and business leaders because they can have a great time while connecting for a bigger purpose — to help families served by MDA. Over the years, MDA families have become part of our Harley-Davidson family. Raising awareness — and money — for them and the Association helps fulfill their dreams of personal freedom.”

More than 1,350 longtime enthusiasts and weekend warriors will suit up in black leather and blue jeans to show their support for the fight against muscle disease at the event at the Delta Center in Milwaukee. The sold-out, one-of-a-kind social event will feature an entertainment-packed evening filled with fine dining, a temporary tattoo parlor, the opportunity to have pictures taken on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and live entertainment provided by one of southeastern Wisconsin's favorite classic rock cover bands, Stray Voltage.

Event highlights also include an MDA Children’s Art auction, a live auction and a silent auction of more than 350 different items and packages. Each auction features a wide variety of items, including Harley-Davidson collectibles, memorabilia and merchandise.

Guests will have the chance to bid on a spot in the Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Parade of MDA Heroes in Milwaukee over Labor Day weekend, as well as a once-in-a-lifetime vacation package to Rome in June to join in Harley-Davidson’s 110th European Celebration. Additional items include a 2013 110th Anniversary edition Heritage Softail Classic motorcycle and the original of “The Enthusiast” painting by artist David Uhl and more.

Since 1994, the Black-N-Blue Ball has raised more than $7 million to benefit MDA programs and services. In 2012, the Black-N-Blue Ball attracted a crowd of almost 1,300 guests and raised a net $690,000.

For more information about the Black-N-Blue Ball 20th anniversary event, visit MilwaukeeBlack-n-BlueBall.com or contact MDA divisional director of business development Lisa Lodde at 262-432-6798.