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Childhood cancer fundraiser remembers Keeley Imel [Ellicott City]

Calling all foodies! On Thursday, April 10, from 6 to 10 p.m., the St. Jude Hope in the Harbor Gala is cooking up inspiration to fight childhood cancer at Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum.    

The event will feature over twenty top-rated restaurants including La Scala Ristorante, Cafe de Paris, Pabu, Charm City Cakes, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Union Craft Brewing, Myth and Moonshine, Pabu, Lebanese Taverna, La Cakerie, Fleming's Prime Steakhouse, and Ellicott City's the Rumor Mill. 

About 350 guests are expected to attend the fifth annual gala benefit to celebrate the life of former Centennial High School student Keeley Imel and to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where she valiantly fought brain cancer. 

Thanks to fundraisers like Hope in the Harbor, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food. The hospital's credo is "a family should only worry about helping their child live." All proceeds from the gala will benefit St. Jude, one of the world's premier pediatric cancer research centers.

"Keeley would never want us to give up hope for a cure to end childhood cancer, so our family is doing everything we can to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital," said Judi Imel, Keeley's mother. "Unlike other institutions, St. Jude shares its knowledge openly to encourage more collaboration between doctors and researchers worldwide to save children everywhere." 

For more information about gala tickets, corporate sponsorships and advertising or to help with this event, contact Beth Desai at 908-281-5840 or go to stjude.org/hopeintheharbor. 

The ladies of the Pearl Foundation Inc., a charitable affiliate of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Iota Lambda Omega Chapter, celebrated Black History Month at Historic Ellicott City's Tea on the Tiber with a lecture and book signing featuring Anne S. Pruitt Logan, author of "Faithful to the Task at Hand: The Life of Lucy Diggs Slowe." 

During the turn of the century, Slowe helped establish Alpha Kappa Alpha, the nation's first sorority for African-American women at Howard University and served as its first president.  Later, she earned a masters degree, taught high school and later college at Howard, where she was appointed the first dean of women. Slowe was also an accomplished athlete as a nationally ranked tennis player. She became the first African American woman to hold a national sports title when she won the women's singles division in the American Tennis Association's first tournament held in 1917 at Baltimore's Druid Hill Park.  

The Centennial High School Parent Council for Black Students also celebrated Black History month with an event at Ellicott City's Barnes & Noble. The evening program included guest speaker Mitchell H. Warren, CHS 2013 Teacher of the Year and author of "The 23rd Psalm: Growing in Grace in the Midst of a Storm," musical entertainment by students Francisco Joseph (saxophone solo), John Hunter (vocals) and Montria Walker (vocals including a song from her upcoming CD entitled, "One God") and a book fair fundraiser to benefit the PCBS Senior Scholarship program.

Over 40 people attended the Black History month celebration, including Principal Claire Hafets and Vice Principal Joelle Miller, PCBS leaders Greta Joseph (president), Jim Downing (treasurer), Sherry Strothers (secretary), Ouida Freeman (fundraising chair) and Joylene John-Sowah (member at large). 

Bethany United Methodist Church Pastoral Counseling Center is teaming up with Alzheimer's Association to host a free early-stage Alzheimer's disease and dementia education series that includes an education program for families and a free support group to enhance the lives of individuals with memory loss.

Beginning March 18, Dr. Tom Swisher, a licensed professional counselor, will lead a Tuesday evening education series from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The series will include speakers on the Basics of Alzheimer's Disease (March 18), Legal and Financial Planning (March 25) and Alzheimer's Research Updates and Coping Strategies (April 1).  

The Alzheimer's Disease Support Group will help people living with early-stage Alzheimer's disease and other related dementias and their caregivers. Facilitated by Dr. Swisher, the group sessions will offer support, advice, resources, and presentations by health experts. The meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month starting April 8 .    

Pre-screening is required for participation in the support group and preregistration is required for the education series. Contact Yolanda Wright at 410-561-9099 ext. 208 or email ywright@alz.org. The church  is at  2875 Bethany Lane in  Ellicott City. All sessions are held in the church counseling offices. 

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