28th Annual Make Believe Ball

Get ready to “let the good times roll” at the 28th Annual Make Believe Ball 
Saturday, March 5, 2022
5:00PM – 10:30PM
Hilton Milwaukee City Center

In 2020, our guests “rocked out” with the theme of THE LEGEND OF ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS, a new musical that premiered at First Stage. This year, our guests will “let the good times roll” as we celebrate the return of this lively musical that closed much too soon due to the pandemic. Get ready for a night filled with kids’ activities, large silent auction, live auction, dinner, and of course, dancing!

Make your reservation by February 18. Prices will increase by $10 after February 7.

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Flash back to the 1980’s when colors were brighter, hair defied gravity, and shoulder pads and synthetic fabrics were all the rage. Dress it up with an extra-wide necktie or that prom dress from the back of your closet. We know the style will be “like totally tubular!” 

Adults - Black Tie Optional / 80s Glam
Children – Festive / 80s Glam


View our menu, with beef, chicken and vegetarian options for adults, and beef and vegetarian options for kids.

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COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The following COVID-19 safety precautions will be followed at this year’s Make Believe Ball:

Guests ages 5 and up will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event.

Adult guests will also need to show a photo ID and validate the identification of their young guests.

Masks must be worn properly by all guests anywhere inside the event venue, except while eating or drinking.

The Hilton staff will be wearing masks for the duration of the event. There will be masks and hand sanitizer available.

These safety protocols may be updated in accordance with the CDC, City of Milwaukee, and Hilton Milwaukee guidelines.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Family and Corporate Sponsorship

Family Sponsorships provide a preferred seating table of ten for your family and guests, complimentary bottle of wine for your table, recognition of support in our event materials, and vouchers redeemable for tickets to a First Stage performance in our 2021/22 season. Become a Family Sponsor.

Corporate Sponsors receive various levels of benefits, including a table of ten for your employees, recognition of your sponsorship at the event, and more. Become a Corporate Sponsor.


Overnight accommodations are available at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

Make Believe Ball guests receive a special room rate of $109 until Friday, February 25, 2022.

Call (414) 935-5940 to make arrangements or reserve your room online.

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Thank you to our Sponsors


Gold Sponsor

Northwestern Mutual


Silver Sponsors

AO Smith Foundation


Physicians Realty Trust

We Energies Foundation

Bronze Sponsors

BO Wealth Management  Foley & Lardner LLP   

Godfrey Kahn S.C.     Marcus Hotels & Resorts
   Milwaukee Bucks     PNC

Family Sponsors

The Corry Family
The Esten Family
The Field Family
The Marschka Family
The Orr Family
The Puechner Family
The Singh Family
The Townsend Family

Additional Support

Beechwood Sales & Service
Essam Elsafy – Shorewest Realtors
Paul Ruffolo Photography
The Schroeder Family

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