Casting a Light on Rare Disease

Thank you for joining us for our 3rd Annual Illumination

Our Illumination events raise funds for the crucial research of finding a cure for rare disease. Join us against next year for another night of captivating light art, wild costumes and good friends. For more information, contact Roz Skozen at

Sponsorship Opportunities

Do not miss out on the opportunity to become associated with Illumination 2018 and actively make a difference in our community by casting a light on rare disease.

*VIP Tickets include: VIP Entrance, VIP Specialty Cocktail Bars, VIP Designated Area, Access to VIP Lounge, VIP Art Installations, VIP Oxygen Bar, Open Premium Bar, and a Live Music Performance.
To learn more about becoming a Sponsor or providing In-Kind Sponsorship, contact Roz Skozen of The Clayco Foundation by email or call 312.237.0436.

Thank you to this year’s sponsors!

Thank you to all of our sponsors for helping us make Illumination 2018 a huge success. The following is the list of our current sponsors for this year and the list keeps growing!

Who We Are

What is Illumination?

Our Passion:

Illumination is casting light into darkness. It is the act of enlightenment, and the ability to spark awareness of the journeys that are often relegated to the shadows.

Together we are determined to find a cure for Retinal Vasculopathy with Cerebral Leukodystrophy (RVCL). RVCL is a rare and fatal generic condition affecting the central nervous system, causing the deterioration of small blood vessels in the brain and eyes of those affected. Most patients begin experiencing vision loss and strokes in their early 40s. They have an average lifespan of 8 years following their first symptoms.

30 million people in the United States are living with some form of rare disease. That’s close to 1 in 10 people. Rare disease affects nearly all of us. We believe that together we can make a difference building on last year’s success. We raised over $400,000 for Dr. John Atkinson and his lab at Washington University. We look forward to your partnership and exceeding our goals in 2018.

What is the Clayco Foundation?:

The Clayco Foundation is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) entity that supports multiple charitable organizations in the communities where Clayco, Inc. is actively engaged in business.

Although The Clayco Foundation supports numerous charitable organizations, all of the donations raised through Illumination 2018 will directly fund research for Retinal Vasculopathy with Cerebral Leukodystrophy (RVCL); a very rare, genetic condition that affects the central nervous system.

The John Atkinson Research Lab at Washington University is:

  • Creating the best mouse model system to determine how TREX mutations disrupt normal cellular function, understand how it works (pathophysiology) in a living system, and screen for the most effective therapeutic agents.

  • Collaborating with pharmaceutical companies and the FDA to gain access to or produce a drug called aclarubicin (ACM) for human use.

  • Leading collaboration of four key research groups: Washington University in St. Louis, University of California, National Institutes of Health, and University of Texas Southwestern.

  • Planning a scientific symposium to provide enhanced data sharing, discussion of results and expansion of our knowledge base with researchers in the U.S. and globally.

This all leads to potential positive implications for:

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

  • Diabetic Retinopathy

  • Aging disorders

  • Blood vessel deterioration disorders (vasculopathies)

  • As well as other related diseases

Ellen Clark:

Ellen was diagnosed in 2005 with a terminal genetic disease that effects blood vessel reproduction (or lack of) throughout the body. While the disease impacted everything, the main damage was to the eyes and brain. Ellen’s outlook was very grim and expected to move at a rapid pace.

Because she was in great physical shape and the toughest person we have ever known, she blew past all the doctors’ dire predictions and even with major evidence of damage, continued past their projections and held on to an amazing quality of life up until the last several weeks.

Never in all her trials and adverse conditions did she ever complain or whine or do anything that was less than courageous and downright classy. In her last moments, she was beautiful. She was in no pain and was not suffering.

Ellen and Bob started dating when they were 15. Married for 25 years. 5 children and 3 grandchildren, they had an extraordinary run. Their relationship was full of ups and downs. Strengths and weaknesses, heartache, tragedy and blessings beyond their young, wild dreams. Ellen was a passionate person, defined purely by her fierce motherhood and giving spirit. She cared about everyone she met and made no foes along her journey.

About Illumination

Retinal vasculopathy with cerebral leukodystrophy (RVCL) is a rare, genetic condition that primarily affects the central nervous systems. Research for RVCL impacts other diseases such as Diabetes Mellitus (commonly known as Type I or Type II Diabetes), Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Vasculitis, Vessel Damage, Aging Disorders, Familial Chilblain Lupus, Aicardi-Goutieres Syndrome, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

Introduction to Illumination
Building on the momentum from our highly successful 2017 event, Illumination is returning for its third year on Saturday, October 27, 2018. It is a one-of-a-kind Halloween celebration, that in addition to raising money and awareness for a great cause, is once again going to be THE most unique Halloween event of the year.

Illumination is not just an event, but an immersive, interactive playground of light. It includes a fantastical, otherworldly party atmosphere, an imaginative art auction and live performances throughout the evening. This is a costume party – so come with your best foot forward!

It is with this that we ask you to come help us cast a light into the darkness.

Illumination 2018

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!

We couldn’t have done it without you and your support!

Strategic Leader
Liberty Mutual
Mesirow Financial
Thompson Coburn
Venture One
Larry and Christina Chapman
Michelle Levy and Jill Belconis
Jay and Karen Case

Strategic Committee
Dayton Street Partners
The Marvin Group

Food and Beverage Sponsors
The Dawson
Effen Vodka
Eli’s Cheesecake
European Style Bakery
Hampton Social
Happy Camper
Lettuce Entertain You
Maker’s Mark
Paramount Events and Catering
Saint Lou’s Assembly
Sipsmith London
Smoke Daddy
Southern Glazer

Event Chairs
Bob and Jane Clark
Shawn Clark and Jenni Moran
Katie and William Feuerbacher
Emily and Daniel North
Todd and Sara Weaver

Associate Host Committee
Nicolette Cerami
Trisha Connolly
Matt Ferrino
Dan Gibbons
Zachary Graham
Jordan Heifitz
Kapil Khanna
Michelle Levy
Ryan McGuire
Jack Mullen
Brad Nardick
Allyson Schwartz

Clayco Executive
Host Committee

Russ Burns
Rick Bast, II
Tom Bohac
Larry Chapman
Matt Groch
Carmen Hernandez
Kurt Jaeger
Kapil Khanna
Ryan McGuire
Chris McKee
Kevin McKenna
Tony Mezines
Pat Moriarty
Nancy Russell
Caroline Saunders
Tony Schofiield
Kevin Schulte
Steve Sieckhaus
Tom Sieckhaus
Matt Stauss
Marty Trainor
Kirk Warden
Matt Willson
Tomislav Zigo