About illumination


A premier gala that raises money for 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. Since 2009, this extraordinary gala has raised more than $12 million through donor generosity.

The illumination Gala proceeds support the Foundation’s Cancer Frontier Fund, which was created by Amy and Bill Koman to help Siteman researchers accelerate breakthroughs that will bring the best possible treatments—and eventually cures—to Siteman patients and patients around the world.


Saturday, June 18, 2016
6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
7:30 p.m. Dinner, Luxury Auction, Fund-A-Cure, and Special Guest Performance


The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis; 100 Carondelet Plaza; St. Louis, Missouri


The special guest for the 2016 illumination Gala will be announced soon. In recent years, illumination special guest hosts and performers have included Vanessa Williams, Martin Short, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers, Minnie Driver, Kristin Chenoweth, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.


Diane Sullivan, CEO, President and Chairman, Caleres
Benjamin F. (Tad) Edwards IV, CEO and President, Benjamin F. Edwards & Co.


$7,500 - $100,000 per table / $750 per ticket


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 illumination Gala, we can join together to make a difference by supporting groundbreaking cancer research to develop better ways to prevent and treat cancer.

The gala draws nearly 600 guests for an unforgettable evening of entertainment and philanthropy with the leadership of our region’s top companies, foundations, and boards. In addition, funds raised through illumination have supported more than 40 groundbreaking cancer research projects to improve cancer care for patients.


  • Siteman Cancer Center is a national leader in cancer treatment, research, prevention, education, and community outreach.
  • The National Cancer Institute has awarded Siteman the highest possible rating—EXCEPTIONAL—in cancer research and programs. Only a handful of cancer centers in the country have achieved this rating.
  • Siteman, the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Missouri, is ranked among the top cancer facilities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Siteman is part of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, institutions that are both consistently ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
  • As a pioneer in sequencing the genomes of cancer patients and their tumor cells, Siteman scientists have a unique perspective on the genetic alterations that drive the development of cancer. Personalized cancer treatments are the future of cancer care, and the Siteman Cancer Center is at the forefront. Watch a fascinating video about personalized medicine in cancer treatment at www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iNV8Fuc8pk
  • Siteman treats nearly 8,500 newly diagnosed patients each year. In addition, thousands of others receive follow-up care from expert teams who specialize in both common and rare forms of cancer.
  • Siteman provides patients access to clinical studies that offer new treatments not widely available at other cancer centers.
  • In 2015, the Cancer Frontier Fund supported nine new research projects that hold promise to find better treatments for ovarian cancer, melanoma, pancreatic cancer, leukemia, breast cancer, brain tumors, and gastrointestinal cancer, as well as other groundbreaking research in genomics and immunotherapy.
  • The 2016 illumination Gala will support research to develop new tests, drugs and vaccines so physicians can provide patients precisely the individual treatment they need to survive their cancer—or to stop cancer before it starts.
  • Charitable gifts to the Foundation’s Cancer Frontier Fund make an immediate difference by:
    • Increasing the number of promising clinical research projects that translate laboratory breakthroughs into groundbreaking, practical treatments.
    • Decreasing the typical time between ideas and results.
    • Continuing to unlock the mysteries of cancer genetics.
    • Changing cancer care in St. Louis and around the world.

The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital supports the Siteman Cancer Center, as well as Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine and Goldfarb School of Nursing.

To learn more about The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, visit www.GivingBarnesJewish.org

To learn more about the illumination Gala and see inspiring videos, visit www.illuminationgala.org


  • Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016 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: To be announced soon

For more information:

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