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Don't miss the Illumination Gala, The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital's extraordinary event supporting breakthrough cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center. 

Nearly 500 guests at the gala each year share an unforgettable evening of entertainment and philanthropy with the leadership of our region’s top companies, foundations, and boards.

Since 2007, Illumination donors have raised more than $35 million to help speed innovative cancer research that will bring the best possible treatments to patients at Siteman and around the world. 

Together, we are making life healthier and more hopeful for all our families and friends. 


Saturday, June 4, 2022
6:30 P.M. Cocktail Reception
7:00 P.M. Dinner, Luxury Auction, Fund-A-Cure, Celebrity Guest Host


In Person

Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis
100 Carondelet Plaza
St. Louis, Missouri 63105


A virtual option will be available! Please check back for a link to join us virtually the night of the event.


Cancer is an unwelcome guest in far too many of our homes. In fact, nearly 12,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients walk through the doors at Siteman Cancer Center every year. 

We've all heard triumphant stories that inspire hope and strength. And we've heard tragic stories that make us hope for better treatments and more ways we can help.

Nearly every person has a cancer story. These stories are the reason for the Illumination Gala.   

Start-up or seed funding is the catalyst physician-scientists at Siteman Cancer Center need to test innovative ideas during early stage research. Preliminary data obtained from this research is required to secure larger federal grants.

The Cancer Frontier Fund was created in 2007 at The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital by generous donors who wanted to accelerate innovative cancer research through early-stage investment. The purpose behind Illumination is to seek partners who want to play a crucial role in the fight against cancer. We hope you will join us!

Your Impact on Cancer Treatments and Cures

At Illumination, our mission is to raise funds for leading-edge research to improve the way we prevent, treat and cure the many forms of cancer. Your cancer research support at the Illumination Gala will save lives by speeding lab breakthroughs into better treatments for cancer. 

Together, we can change the face of cancer. 

Right now, the world is watching Siteman Cancer Center as researchers are finding ways to harness the immune system so our bodies can better fight cancer. These researchers are also finding ways to stop cancer from spreading throughout the body. Recently, the Siteman Investment Program awarded $1.7 million in grants to support and accelerate the pace of innovation in cancer research.

Siteman Cancer has the technology, the minds and the leadership. With your gifts, Siteman physicians will reach the next frontier in cancer care sooner. 

There is power behind your giving: the power of new discoveries, the power of changing lives, the power of hope. Cancer patients everywhere are counting on us. We won't stop until we have a cure. 

Partnership Opportunities

Giving levels range from $10,000 to $1,000,000. Individual ticket price is $1,000. Please contact 314-286-0602 or [email protected] to inquire about 2022 partnership opportunities.

Meet Our 2022 Lead Ambassadors

We are thrilled to return to an in-person gala with our Lead Ambassadors Ken Steinback and Susie Sachs.

Ken Steinback

Susie Sachs

Meet Our 2022 Celebrity Guest Host

Emmy-winning actor, producer and musician Wayne Brady has made his mark on stage and screen as an actor, singer, dancer, songwriter and television personality.

A true multi-hyphenate, Brady’s career path and personal life journey, has helped him see the world in a very unique way. His aspirations have always gone beyond solely starring in various entertainment projects, and under his Makin’ It Up Productions banner, he’s set out to create new content across different platforms that showcase innovation and inclusivity in fun and powerful ways.  

A five-time Emmy winner (the first to win Daytime and Primetime awards in two consecutive years), Brady was also the only entertainer across the 2019-2020 season to have a presence across five different series (Let’s Make A Deal, The Masked Singer, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Black Lightning and Comedy IQ) – each spotlighting different aspects of his immense talent.  All of this coming following on the heels of the success of his award-winning daytime talk show The Wayne Brady Show.

In addition to being a force in front of the camera, Brady is heavily active behind the scenes wearing the hats of executive producer for Whose Line Is It Anyway? Let’s Make A Deal and Comedy IQ, which he also co-created. He will continue to take on a dual-role with his next project Game of Talents, a new series coming to FOX in early 2021, in which he stars and executive produces.

A writer across all of his various projects, one of Brady’s proudest accomplishments is his team-up with Dave Chappelle on Comedy Central’s Chappelle’s Show spoofing the film, Training Day.  Co-written by Brady and Chappelle, the segment has been enshrined in the Museum of TV and Film as of the top sketches of all time.

Long an accomplished singer and performer, Brady’s musical acumen has always been a personal passion and he used that as fuel to help win the second season of The Masked Singer. Off his victory, Brady dropped a brand-new original single, entitled “Flirtin’ w/ Forever,” which quickly climbed the streaming charts, as well as an accompanying music video.

This follows the success of his debut album which was headlined by a version of Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come" which earned him a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance category. Brady will release new music in 2021 centered around re-imagining the stylistic sounds of The Rat Pack, merged with the 1960’s and today’s current up-tempo production.

Brady has also triumphed on-stage started with his Broadway debut starring as legal showman ‘Billy Flynn’ in the long-running hit musical, “Chicago.” Soon after Brady starred as the ground-breaking character ‘Lola’ in “Kinky Boots,” Broadway’s Tony Award- winning Best Musical, with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein. His interpretation of the lead role was so popular, he returned for an additional limited run the following year. Brady would later assume his biggest theatrical role to date headlining as ‘Aaron Burr’ in the Chicago production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award- winning juggernaut “Hamilton.”

2020 represented the latest step in Brady’s career evolution as he took his talents to TikTok, amassing a stellar following in a short period of time. Whether utilizing the platform to raise awareness to important social issues or collaborating with his extended family, TikTok has helped him continue to reach and interact with new fans in surprising and innovative ways.

Wayne Brady currently resides in Los Angeles.