SSM Health Foundation - St. Louis Hosts Experiential, Virtual Gala on October 10, 2020

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Virtual event featuring ‘Hope Blooms’ theme benefits SSM Health oncology

“We chose the theme Hope Blooms because through innovative medical care, clinical trials, and steadfast health care provider support, hope truly does bloom for oncology patients."

SSM Health Foundation - St. Louis, a non-profit organization established to support the services of SSM Health hospitals, will host its Hope Blooms Gala on Saturday, October 10 to raise funds for SSM Health Cancer Care. This year’s event is a virtual celebration where benefactors, corporate partners, sponsors, and the public are invited to attend a transformative experience online. Those who are not able to partake in the evening festivities are encouraged to donate and/or bid on a silent auction item(s) to benefit SSM Health Cancer Care.

Funds from ticket sales, bids on silent auction items and other contributions will help to support clinical trials, enhanced patient care experiences, innovative treatments, and technologies, and more.

“This year’s Gala is going to look different from our event in 2019, but our goal of providing help and hope to those who need it most has remained the same,” said Paul R. Ross, President of SSM Health Foundation - St. Louis. “We chose the theme Hope Blooms because through innovative medical care, clinical trials, and steadfast health care provider support, hope truly does bloom for oncology patients. By making a gift, a donor can create hope. Through the lens of COVID-19, now more than ever, we need our community’s support.”

This year’s Gala will include, sponsor recognition, video interviews, opportunities to donate, entertainment, and more. Each attendee will receive a thank you box delivered to their homes with a gourmet dinner and a bottle of wine to enjoy throughout the event.

SSM Health Foundation - St. Louis exists to meet the needs of the community by raising awareness and financial support for various medical outreach and advancement programs throughout the region. The organization aims to provide benefactors with the opportunity to turn philanthropic investment into meaningful impact. This year’s Gala comes at a time when benefactors have a unique opportunity to address an urgent need and contribute to a wide range of initiatives with positive, lasting impact.

“We must stick together as a community and help those most vulnerable,” said Ross. “When faced with a cancer diagnosis, a person can feel despair, isolation, and emptiness. Generosity and unwavering support not only benefit the patient by bringing them positivity and strength, but also allow our health care providers to continue their steadfast work. The theme for this year’s event, ‘Hope Blooms’, is indicative of the purpose-driven and healing fundraising we stand by here at the Foundation.”

To purchase a ticket or learn more, visit:, contact or call 314-523-8044.

About SSM Health Foundation - St. Louis
SSM Health Foundation – St. Louis was founded in 2018 to unify philanthropic efforts and elevate community impact for SSM Health DePaul Hospital – St. Louis, SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, SSM Health St. Claire Hospital – Fenton, SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – Lake Saint Louis, SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – St. Charles, SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – Wentzville, and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – St. Louis. The Foundation serves as a cohesive community of supporters, health care professionals, corporate leaders, community donors, and volunteers to make an impact on health care in the communities SSM Health serves across the region. Inspired by the mission of the founding sisters who, in 1872, began their ministry of healing with $5 and a basket to collect donations, the Foundation strives to serve by seeking financial support for SSM Health hospitals. For more information, please visit

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