About illumination

Cancer shows no mercy. Its dark cloud has touched most of us in some way. But the illumination Gala rallies our community to help make the future brighter in St. Louis and beyond.

Since 2007, illumination has generated millions of dollars to support the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center’s leadership in the fight against cancer. The 2014 event alone raised more than $2.1 million for The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital's Cancer Frontier Fund, a $50 million initiative to help researchers at the Siteman Cancer Center accelerate breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment that will change cancer care and cure around the world. Our annual gala has rapidly become one of the can’t-miss evenings of the year.

The Siteman Cancer Center’s combination of innovation and compassionate care has made it one of the largest cancer programs in our country. Likely, someone you know has been treated there. Siteman offers patients a diverse spectrum of 340 therapeutic clinical trials. We will be honored to include your organization among those who want to invest in the lifesaving successes and potential of this phenomenal community asset— Siteman is the only cancer center in Missouri to hold the prestigious Comprehensive Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute and membership in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Key Information


  • Who benefits from illumination?: The nearly 8,600 newly-diagnosed patients who turn to the Siteman Cancer Center each year benefit immediately from its groundbreaking work and its ability to offer the most effective treatment options—as do patients around the world whose tests and treatments were discovered or developed at Siteman.
  • 2015 illumination Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015 at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, St. Louis
  • 2015 illumination Sponsorships: Sponsorships begin at $7,500 and go up to $100,000 for Presenting Sponsor, with several giving levels and recognition opportunities in between..
  • Why be a part of illumination?: You will join the community in visibly helping Siteman save more lives. The gala draws 600 attendees 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 30 groundbreaking research projects to improve cancer care for patients.

For more information:

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