Thursday, July 21, 2011

Tickets for Opening Night On Sale August 5
ST. LOUIS – Peabody Opera House will hold its grand re-opening event on Saturday evening, October 1. “An Encore 77 Years in the Making” will star Aretha Franklin and Jay Leno, along with other special guests in a celebration of the beloved venue’s past, present and future. Proceeds from the opening night will benefit the John L. Trotter Multiple Sclerosis Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.
"With certainty I can say that the opening night Gala will be a night to remember," said Mike McCarthy, CEO, Peabody Opera House.  "It will be a special celebration of an iconic St. Louis treasure and we couldn't be happier that the evening will benefit such a worthy cause."
“Charitable gifts to The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital have been and continue to be absolutely critical to the John L. Trotter MS Center’s mission of taking MS patient care, research and education to an entirely new level,” says Anne Cross, MD, the Manny and Rosalyn Rosenthal – Dr. John Trotter Multiple Sclerosis Center Chair in Neuroimmunology. “When I heard that the Peabody Opera House grand re-opening event would benefit the work that we do at the Trotter MS Center, I was grateful and excited about what this means for the future of our patients. This support will help us continue to pave the way to breakthroughs that will help us to better understand the disease of MS, develop new treatment options that allow our patients to have a better quality of life, and one day discover a cure.”
Tickets for opening night are $150 and $75 and will go on sale to the general public on Friday, August 5, at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Scottrade Center Box Office, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at Higher-priced ticket packages are also available for purchase by calling 314-622-2536.
Peabody Opera House is an historic 3,100-seat theater in the heart of downtown St. Louis currently undergoing a $78.7 million restoration. Originally opened in 1934, the Opera House stage has welcomed some of entertainment’s greatest performers, including The Rat Pack, The Rolling Stones, Ray Charles and Bruce Springsteen.  Restoration of Peabody Opera House began in July 2010 and when complete, this historical gem will be restored to its original splendor and have undergone state-of-the-art upgrades. To keep up to date on this and other great events coming to Peabody Opera House, visit
The team at the John L. Trotter Multiple Sclerosis Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine works to take MS patient care, research and education to an entirely new level. The Trotter MS Center team participates in—and often leads—nationally recognized clinical trials with the goal of discovering more effective therapies for MS patients. The team has made multiple breakthroughs, discovering new therapy options that slow the progression of the disease, prevent relapses and cognitive decline and improve patients’ quality of life.
Charitable gifts to The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital make efforts like these possible. The Foundation helps donors enrich lives, save lives and transform patient care through charitable gifts. Every dollar and every donor count when it comes to ensuring the best health care will be there for us, or someone we love, when we need it the most. To find out more about The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital and giving where care matters most, please visit

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