About illumination

Cancer is personal. Many of us have either been touched directly by cancer or have family or friends who have been impacted by this devastating disease. Through the annual illumination Gala, we join together to make a difference by supporting groundbreaking cancer research to develop better treatments and, ultimately, a cure.

The illumination Gala supports cancer research at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine through The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s Cancer Frontier Fund. This fund is dedicated to helping Siteman researchers accelerate breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis and treatment that will change cancer care around the world.

The Siteman Cancer Center is a national leader in cancer treatment, research, prevention, education, and community outreach. Siteman is the only cancer center in Missouri to hold the prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. We are also one of only 25 institutions to hold membership in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Each year, illumination draws 600 guests for an unforgettable evening of lively conversation, entertainment and inspiration. Since 2009, generous donors have raised more than $10 million and supported nearly 40 cancer research projects.

Need-to-Knows:


  • Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015, at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis
  • Sponsorship Information: Sponsorships begin at $7,500. Presenting Sponsorship is $100,000. Several other giving levels and recognition opportunities are available.
  • Entertainment: Vanessa Williams, multi-faceted entertainer, who has conquered the musical charts, Broadway, television, movies and music videos.

For more information:

Contact Kris Marino at 314-286-0602 or KMarino@bjc.org