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Affair returns with plans for limited in-person attendance; and features a virtual option!
Milwaukee, WI (March 12, 2021) - One of Milwaukee’s premier social events will again be an in-person gala featuring fashion, fun and music! Milwaukee Urban League’s 36th Annual Black and White Ball will be held Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Generously supported by presenting sponsor Rockwell Automation, the Ball will be a hybrid event with plans for a limited number of in-person guests at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee along with others joining the event virtually.
“The 2020 Virtual Black and White Ball was a tremendous success, but with the growing availability of vaccines to prevent serious cases of COVID-19, we acknowledge that many in the community see an in-person event as an important milestone in returning to normalcy,” said Milwaukee Urban League President and CEO Dr. Eve M. Hall. “We look forward to welcoming, as we anticipate at this time, a limited number of individuals to an in-person celebration while others join us virtually. It is our hope that the number of in-person individuals can increase as more individuals are vaccinated.”
The Black and White Ball is Milwaukee Urban League’s largest fundraising event of the year and helps to support the organization’s programs in education, employment, advocacy, and economic development serving Milwaukee’s African-American community. The co-chairs for the event are Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation, the charitable arm of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, and Blake Moret, Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation.
During the pandemic, MUL has adapted its programs to online platforms to continue to serve community members seeking support and hope. In addition, the organization has successfully launched several initiatives and received support to grow its mission of Empowering Communities and Changing Lives. Efforts include the following:
- Established a partnership with Johnson Controls and National Urban League through a $2 million grant to support employment, education, and advocacy as well as equitable justice and democracy efforts.
- Established, The L*A*S*T* Mile, a temporary transportation support program for MUL clients working or seeking employment in outlying areas. The program is funded by Stella and Chewy’s, an Oak Creek-based pet food supplier.
- Transitioned the popular Driver’s Permit Class to online.
- Secured a grant from the National Urban League for non-partisan efforts to increase voter participation in the 2020 election. The grant supported the “Vote for Me” program, a collaboration with Urban League of Greater Madison and the Urban League of Racine and Kenosha.
- Awarded a grant from National Urban League, “Project Wellness: Vaccine Equity, Hesitancy, & Uptake Initiative” to advocate health equity and access.
- Awarded a $250,000 grant from National Urban League, “Project Ready Mentor Program” to mentor and support 250 students ages 11-18 over the next five years.
Information for organizations wishing to help sponsor the Black and White Ball event is now available on Milwaukee Urban League’s website, www.tmul.org. For additional sponsorship information, please contact Florida Perry-Smith.
About Milwaukee Urban League
The Milwaukee Urban League is an affiliate of The National Urban League. We lead through education, employment, and advocacy to achieve economic vibrancy and equal access to all industries and disciplines that position African Americans to create wealth and live a better quality of life. Milwaukee Urban League's vision is to ensure that Wisconsin becomes a top 10 place for African Americans to live and thrive, and where the greater Milwaukee area becomes a leader in education and socioeconomic inclusion. For more information, visit www.tmul.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @urbanleaguemke.