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Kristin Chenoweth to Perform at illumination Gala Benefiting Siteman

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March 7, 2011 – Tony and Emmy-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth will perform at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation’s annual illumination gala benefitting the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine on Saturday, April 9, at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton.

Best known for her roles on Glee and The West Wing and her Emmy award-winning work on Pushing Daisies, Chenoweth is also one of Broadway’s most celebrated leading ladies. She won a Tony award for her breakout performance in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and a Tony nomination for her performance as Glinda in Wicked. Most recently she appeared on Broadway in Promises, Promises.

In recent years, Chenoweth has become a passionate advocate for finding better treatments and cures for cancer. She has participated nationally in many cancer awareness events, including “Stand Up To Cancer.” Her mother, Junie, is a breast cancer survivor, and that experience moved her.

"When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, I realized this was my moment,” Chenoweth told Good Housekeeping in 2010. “All my life, I'd been on the receiving end of my mother's endless tenderness and vigilant care. Being allowed to care for her during her recovery was a gift – the most rewarding experience in my life."

Gala co-chairs Robert Clark, chairman and CEO of Clayco Inc., and George Paz, chairman and CEO of Express Scripts, are leading community support of illumination. Clayco and Express Scripts are the presenting sponsors of the gala, which is expected to draw 600 guests for dinner, a live auction of luxury items and experiences, and a private concert featuring Chenoweth.

The 2011 gala will support the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation’s Cancer Frontier Fund, a fundraising initiative spearheaded by Amy and Bill Koman to find cancer cures and change cancer care around the world by accelerating the pace of discoveries made at Siteman.

Since 1999, illumination has generated millions of dollars to support Siteman. The 2010 event raised more than $1.6 million for the Cancer Frontier Fund.

“To lead this event with George is an honor,” Clark says. “Clayco and I share with the Siteman Cancer Center a dedication to helping where we see the most need. Siteman and Barnes-Jewish provide our community with a tremendous service.”

Paz adds, “Express Scripts is dedicated to supporting organizations that provide access to health and medical services. Siteman is a leader in this field not only for St. Louis but also for the nation.”

For more information about tickets and sponsorships, visit www.illuminationgala.org or contact Kristin Marino at 314-286-0602 or kgm4029@bjc.org.