Milwaukee Urban League Co-Chairs Announced for Black and White Ball

3 May 2021 9:00 AM | Anonymous


Brianna Johnson

The hybrid event is scheduled for November 6th

Milwaukee, WI (May 3, 2021) - Two of Milwaukee’s most dynamic civic leaders will be co-chairs of Milwaukee Urban League’s 36th annual Black and White Ball on Saturday, November 6, 2021. The co-chairs are Executive Director of the Brewers Community Foundation, Cecelia Gore, and Chairman and CEO of Rockwell Automation, Blake Moret. Generously supported by presenting sponsor Rockwell Automation, the Ball will be a hybrid event, with a limited number of in-person guests at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee, and others joining the event virtually.

“I am thrilled to represent Rockwell Automation as we sponsor this year’s Black & White Ball,” said Blake Moret. “The work that Milwaukee Urban League does for our community is always important, but never has this work been so critical as our nation and community continue to heal as we create a brighter future together.” Moret joined Rockwell as a sales trainee in 1985 and built his career with the company by holding multiple leadership positions at Rockwell. He is passionate about workforce development and creating a diverse worldwide team of employees that can and want to do their best work. 

Moret serves on several national and local boards including PTC, Inc., the National Association of Manufacturers, the Georgia Tech Advisory Board, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee. He is also chairman of the Rockwell Automation Charitable Corporation.

Cecelia Gore is a life-long Milwaukee resident who currently leads the charitable arm of Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club. Prior to serving as executive director of Brewers Community Foundation, Gore led grantmaking and managed board relations for the Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation. She has served on the boards of a variety of nonprofit organizations. She currently is on the boards of Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Sojourner Family Peace Center, Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation, and Alverno College. She also serves as a director for C.G. Schmidt, a family owned/private construction company, and Town Bank, a Wintrust Community  Bank. 

“I grew up knowing about the great work of Milwaukee Urban League,” said Gore. “Being part of the continuing good work of Milwaukee Urban League is something I am committed to doing as co-chair of the 36th annual Black and White Ball.”

Sponsorships supporting the annual fundraiser are currently available. For more information, please contact Florida Perry-Smith at Individual tickets are on sale now at 

About Milwaukee Urban League

The Milwaukee Urban League is an affiliate of The National Urban League. We lead through education and outreach, employment and empowerment, and advocacy to achieve economic vibrancy and equal access to all industries and disciplines that positions 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 and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @urbanleaguemke.


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