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November 2, 2024
St. Louis Union Station, St. Louis


Event Information

The Champions of Hope Gala is one of the largest fundraising events in the country for the American Cancer Society and is led by some of the most distinguished leaders in the St. Louis area; our CEOs Against Cancer of Missouri – St. Louis Chapter Members. The American Cancer Society is proud to recognize Steve O’Loughlin and Peter Blumeyer as our 2024 co-chairs and Lodging Hospitality Management and UMB Bank as our Presenting Sponsors.

Steve O'Loughlin

President & COO / Lodging Hospitality Management

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Event Chair

With an extensive background in the hospitality industry, Steve O’Loughlin joined Lodging Hospitality Management (LHM) in 1997 as Regional Director of Operations with the responsibility of property supervision. After 11 years with the company, O’Loughlin was named President and COO of LHM in 2008. O’Loughlin spearheaded the development of the dining division of LHM, including several award-winning and noteworthy dining concepts: Three Sixty St Louis, Three Sixty Westport, Soda Fountain Union Station, Soda Fountain Express Westport, Train Shed, The Pitch, Basso, and Grand Hall at Union Station. He also ran point on the extensive renovation and restoration of national landmark, St. Louis Union Station including the St Louis Aquarium and the St. Louis Wheel.


Peter Blumeyer

President / UMB Bank St. Louis

Event Co-Chair

Peter Blumeyer joined UMB in 2006. As president of UMB for the St. Louis region, he is responsible for the overall earning asset growth in the market, cross collaboration with other lines of business leaders, and marketing UMB’s brand in the region. Prior to his current role, Peter served as senior vice president, commercial team lead for UMB Commercial Banking.

Our Mission

Mission Funding: Research

Since 1946, the American Cancer Society has supported researchers at pivotal points in their career – to give them the support they need to keep great research going or to take their ideas from dream to reality. The American Cancer Society is proud to have helped more than 24,000 investigators make important advances in prevention, early detection, treatment, and care for those with cancer. In fact, 50 of those investigators have gone on to win the Nobel Prize, considered the highest accolade any scientist can receive. As the largest private not-for-profit, non-governmental funder of cancer research in the US, the American Cancer Society has played a role in many of the major cancer research breakthroughs of the last century.

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Our Impact

9 Years

For more than 10 decades, the American Cancer Society has been dedicated to pursuing better outcomes for every cancer, every life. Today, more people are surviving cancer than ever before, but there is still work to be done. Join us, support us, and help us end cancer as we know it, for everyone.

$ 6.9 B

towards cancer research

68 %
Survival Rate

increase in five-year survival rate for all cancers combined

50.8 M
Saving Lives

lives touched in 2022

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