Lily’s Luau Hits Big Number: $180,000

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Lily’s Luau Hits Big Number: $180,000

Luau guests donated $25,000 in less than four minutes. (photo by Jim Gill)

Luau guests donated $25,000 in less than four minutes. (photo by Jim Gill)

Fundraising is about numbers, and Lily’s Luau is no exception, so here are a few numbers to crunch:

  • 700+ guests
  • 150+ volunteers
  • 3 nuns in Badger red
  • 1 mezzo-soprano
  • 5 scientists wearing purple capes
  • 2 videos
  • 25K in 4 minutes 

But the Luau is also about the people behind the numbers. It’s about the teacher from Elroy, Wis. who lives with epilepsy, who was reunited with a former student, a Luau volunteer. It’s about a room of 700+ who are silenced in a heartbeat by the powerful performance of Kitt Reuter Foss. It’s about a song,  “Beautiful Day” by U2, which during its play fosters a crowd to donate $25,000 in 4 minutes. And it’s about one family who steps forward with a surprise $12,000 donation. There are so many stories that will come forward throughout the year. 

There’s also the bottom line:

$180,000 in net proceeds to support epilepsy research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Look out, epilepsy. We’ve got your number!

See our two Facebook photo albums:

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UW epilepsy researchers Rama Maganti, Matt Jones, Avtar Roopra, and Antoine Madar. Giulio Tononi absent from photo. (photo by Jim Gill)
Luau guests donated $25,000 in less than four minutes. (photo by Jim Gill)

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