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Minnie Driver To Perform At Annual illumination Gala

Jason Merrill

Actress Minnie Driver will perform at The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s annual illumination gala.

Feb. 15, 2012 – Award-winning vocalist and actress Minnie Driver will perform at The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s annual illumination gala benefiting the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine on April 14 at the Ritz-Carlton in Clayton, Mo.

Best known for her roles in Good Will Hunting, Circle of Friends and Sleepers, Driver is also a successful vocalist. She can be heard on the original title track for the 2005 version of Phantom of the Opera, which was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award.

Living by her own words – “Celebrity is a weird appendage, which is useless unless you do something with it” – Driver is no stranger to taking a stand for cancer-related causes. In 2008, she helped launch Ralph Lauren's Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Campaign, which raised millions worldwide for breast cancer programs.

“Having watched friends and family members battle cancer, it is such an honor to support research that will get us to cures faster,” Driver says. “I look forward to joining illumination guests in April to raise money for Siteman Cancer Center’s research.”

Gala co-chairs Tom Hillman, owner and managing partner of FTL Capital, and Ron Kruszewski, president and CEO of Stifel Nicolaus, are leading community support of illumination. FTL Capital is the presenting sponsor of the gala, which is expected to draw 600 guests for dinner, and a live auction of luxury items and experiences, and a private concert by Driver.

“FTL Capital is committed to supporting our community through activities with deep significance, meaning and purpose,” Hillman says. “Providing funds to help Siteman accelerate cures for cancer is a cause we deem very worthwhile.”

Kruszewski agrees, saying, “It is an honor to co-chair illumination, which supports Siteman, a true asset to our region and an international leader. We’re also aware of the urgency of this work; now is the time to stop cancer in its tracks.”

The 2012 gala will support The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s Cancer Frontier Fund, a fundraising initiative spearheaded by Amy and Bill Koman, Foundation board member. The purpose of the fund is to speed the development of new treatments based on research into the unique genetic signatures of individual cancers, thus permitting personalized patient therapies.

Since 1999, illumination has generated millions of dollars to support Siteman. The 2011 event raised $1.5 million.

For more information about tickets and sponsorships, visit or contact Kristin Marino at 314-286-0602 or