Luau raises $185,000!

Thanks to hundreds of volunteers, dozens of hula hosts, 70 sponsors, and more than 200 silent auction donors, the 2017 edition of Lily’s Luau raised more than $185,000! Watch the video to see how these donations grow cutting-edge research at UW.

About Lily's Fund

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Diamonds and Rubies and Cash…OH MY!

Four Drawings for Custom Jewelry:

Four lucky people (including Jane, pictured here) won $1,000 worth of bling from William Thomas Custom Jewelry! Bill Fuhrmann and his designers will work with them to create beautifully crafted, handmade rings, earrings, necklaces.

More than 200 auction items

Art, collectibles, fine dining, vacations, priceless experiences, and more — our 2017 silent auction was incredible. Best of all, every auction item was donated so all winning bids go straight to epilepsy research at UW-Madison.

Hula Hosts

Our wonderful Hula Hosts welcome new people to Lily’s Luau every year. If you would like to join their ranks for 2018, click here for more info.

Kristi and Chad Bartlett
Communication Innovations
JT and Claude Covelli
Dept. of Neurosurgery, UW
Claire Dalle Molle and Jean-Marc Ruel
Jennifer and Bruce Fox
Angie and Derek Hubbard
Marnie and Chuck Hulan
Deb and Bill Jordahl
Kirsten Jung
Shannon Kenney and Robert Golden
Hilary and Tom Kleese
Mary Jo and Matt Kronberger
Elizabeth and Wendall Lake
Lisa and Matt McGuire
June and Gerry Mello

Paula Niedenthal and Markus Brauer
Nancy and Bob Nikolay
Tess O’Brien and Steve Heinzen
Patty and Allan Patek
Angie and Chris Rieger
Jessica Robbins and Joe Tavano
Amylynne Santiago Volker
Kristin and Andrew Seaborg
Kathleen Shannon
Kelli Simpkins and Todd LaRosa
André Small
Kristina Stadler and Brian Fick
Deb Still
Nicole and Patrick Tepe
Giulio Tononi
Jill and Mike Weber
Kathy and Greg Wellington

Planning Committee & Volunteers

Volunteers are the fuel that makes the Luau run. They transform Varsity Hall into a tropical paradise. They recruit auction donors, sell raffle tickets, and much more!

Publicity: Anne Pankratz

Emcees: Adam Schrager, WISC-TV3

Invitation DesignJohn Huston Design

Room and Food Arrangements: Bill Mann, The Pyle Center

Entertainment: Sari Judge

Photographer: James Gill

Sponsor Recruitment: Connie Chesnik, Deb Jordahl, Colleen Penwell, Dave Penwell, Anne Morgan Giroux, Tess O’Brien, Ann McIvor, Deb Still, Marni Hulan, Shawn Guse and John Feller

Decorations: Kate Marcin and Wendy Robertson

Hula Host Recruitment: Connie Chesnik

Raffle Coordinator: Zoe Hammis

Registration Guru: Walker Crawford

Auction Table Captains: Camilla Corcoran, Laura Dunek, Kristin Guetschow, Kris Howard, Ann McIvor, Marni Hulan, Jessica Robbins

Silent Auction Guru: Tricia Gulmen

Science Shack: Dana Jacobs

Auction Team, Camilla Corcoran, Deb Jordahl, Laura Dunek, Megan Purtell, Colleen Penwell, Anne Morgan Giroux, Kelly Pfeil, Michelle Plummer, Kelli Simpkins, Connie Chesnik, Tess O’Brien, Erin Wery, Anna Andrzezewski, Lauren Trillo, Peggy Furlan, Claire Dalle Molle, Amy Fusek, Ann McIvor, Deb Schultz

Volunteer Coordinator: Tess O’Brien

Treasurer: Anne Morgan Giroux

Co-Pilots:  Colleen Murphy Penwell and Anne Morgan Giroux

Plus Many More Volunteers Who We Love!


We need more volunteers for Lily’s Luau. Use the button below to go to the sign-up form, or contact Tess O’Brien if you’d like to help with this fun midwinter party.