Diamonds and Rubies and Cash…OH MY!


Four Drawings for Custom Jewelry:

That’s right… 4 lucky people will win $1,000 worth of bling from William Thomas Custom Jewelry! Bill Fuhrmann and his designers will work with you to create beautifully crafted, handmade pieces that reflect your personality. Choose from rings, earrings, necklaces…you decide! Four winners will be chosen PLUS a fifth drawing for CASH (5% of raffle earnings up to $500).

Get Your Tickets
$20 each or 6 for $100. Drawings are at 9:30 pm on Jan. 21, 2017 at Lily’s Luau. You need not be present to win. Email us today.

More than 200 auction items

Art, collectibles, fine dining, vacations, priceless experiences, and more. Most items feature a Buy Now option, in case you see something you really like. If you can’t make it to Lily’s Luau, you can still register as a “virtual” online bidder! ALL auction items are donated so every dollar you spend supports epilepsy research at UW-Madison.

Bring your smartphone to the Luau!

You can browse auction items and bid online throughout the evening. No need to stop eating, drinking or conversing. Bid from where you are! If you don’t have a smart device, we will have volunteers with iPads ready to assist you. Watch this  introduction to mobile bidding to see how it works.


Hula Hosts

Our wonderful Hula Hosts welcome new people to Lily’s Luau every year. If you would like to join their ranks, click here for more info. To date, our 2017 hosts include:


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 Rosa
André Small
Kristina Stadler and Brian Fick
Deb Still
Nicole and Patrick Tepe
Giulio Tononi
Jill and Mike Weber
Kathy and Greg Wellington

Free parking!

Free parking will be available in Lot 17, Engineering Drive Ramp. For guests who require handicap access, a limited number of spaces may be available in Union South on West Dayton Street.

Stay up late. Sleep at Union South.

The Union Hotel features 60 boutique-style guest rooms, each just an elevator ride up from the Luau. Call 608-263-2600 or reserve online before Jan. 11 for the  discounted rate using code LILY17.

Union South’s design was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, but our volunteers transform it into a festive tropical paradise.

Union South's design was influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, but our volunteers transform it into a festive tropical paradise. (Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

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.

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Tropical Feast

Bring your appetite. And wear your stretchy pants.

Fresh greens with mandarin oranges, wontons, and papaya dressing

Sushi rice salad with wasabi soy dressing

Kahlua pork sliders with sweet chili sauce

Jerk Braised Tofu Sliders w/ Sweet Chili Sliders

Coconut sticky rice with mango

Thai lemongrass veggie potstickers

Sweet and sour meatballs

Coconut shrimp

Bamboo boats with diced Hawaiian fruit and chili lime sauce

Coconut macaroons

Key lime baskets

Basil berry salad with sabayon in vanilla baskets

House made chocolate amaretto truffles

Coffee donated by Steep & Brew