Keeley Imel from 2011 when she attended the St. Jude Hope in the Harbor gala.
Keeley Imel from 2011 when she attended the St. Jude Hope in the Harbor gala. (Courtesy photo)

When Ellicott City resident Keeley Imel was 14 years old, she was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer.

A student at Centennial High School at the time, Keeley received treatment at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She ultimately lost her battle with cancer at the age of 18 in 2012.


A fundraising gala was founded in her honor in 2010 and now is held annually in her memory. The 10th annual Hope in the Harbor gala is on Thursday evening at Montgomery Park in Baltimore.

Over the past decade, the gala has raised nearly $3 million for St. Jude, according to a press release.

Howard County Recreation and Parks' “Dance on Broadway — or Feel Like You Can” is a series of dance classes for those older than age 55 and is part of the department’s Active Aging Program.

The annual event “celebrates the lives of local St. Jude patients and the mission they believed in,” according to the St. Jude website.

Also being honored is Will Glowacki, who was born in Columbia and grew up in Centreville.

Glowacki died in 2017 at age 20 from his own battle with brain cancer. A graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School, he had begun attending classes at Towson University before his death.

The gala, from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, will feature a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and food tastings throughout the evening.

Individual tickets are $195. Guests can register or donate at stjude.org/hopeintheharbor.