Hundreds "Seize the Lei" to Help Find a Cure for Epilepsy Fifth Annual Lily's Luau a Great Success

Top Quote This January, First Choice Dental was proud to return as a sponsor to the fifth annual Lily's Luau to benefit Lily's Fund for Epilepsy Research. A sold out crowd of more than 650 guests warmed up a cold winter's night recently, raising $105,000 to benefit Lily's Fund for Epilepsy Research. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 02, 2013 - Guests donned leis, grass skirts, and colorful Hawaiian gear as they enjoyed a live and silent auction, delicious luau fare, and great music at Union South.

    During the event, co-organizers Anne Morgan Giroux and Colleen Penwell announced that Lily's Fund is funding their second research fellow at UW Madison, whose sole focus is epilepsy research.

    Especially exciting this year, Dr. David Penwell of First Choice Dental, and his wife Colleen and family were surprised to learn that Lily's Fund launched "Grace Grants," a new grant program designed to help spark progress in epilepsy research, in honor of their daughter Grace Penwell. Both Anne and Dave Giroux's daughter Lily, and Dave and Colleen Penwell's daughter Grace suffer from epilepsy.

    The families and their army of volunteers and supporters have been tireless in raising funds and awareness to help find a cure for epilepsy.

    "Grace Grants" will open up another door to UW scientists who want to collaborate on new epilepsy research. In addition to the fellow, these one-time grants can serve as an important catalyst or spark in epilepsy research. At the National Institute for Health, these are called "Eureka" Grants," but at Lily's Fund, "Grace Grants" honor Grace Penwell, her great spark and courage.

    Says Penwell, "We couldn't be more thrilled with the turn-out this year - we had a record breaking crowd, amazing sponsors and volunteers and more funds raised to help find a cure for epilepsy." As an all-volunteer organization, Lily's Fund invests 100 percent of proceeds from the Luau to advance epilepsy research at UW-Madison.

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