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Fundraiser will honor the memory of Keeley Imel [Ellicott City]

A fundraiser featuring food by some of Baltimore's finest restaurants will honor the memory of an Ellicott City teenager and her battle with brain cancer.

Here's a chance to taste cuisine from several restaurants on Baltimore Magazine's 50 top restaurants list in one special evening. On Thursday, April 9, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the American Visionary Art Museum, the sixth annual St. Jude Hope in the Harbor Gala will feature a tasting menu from 24 of Baltimore's top chefs and restaurants.

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In addition, guests will be treated to cocktails, desserts and an opportunity to participate in live and silent auctions that benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Founded by Keeley Imel and family, the St. Jude Hope in the Harbor Gala was established during the Elliott City teenager's battle with brain cancer to raise awareness and support for St. Jude, where she received treatment. Sadly, Keeley passed away in 2012, but her legacy of giving back to those in need continues through the work of Hope in the Harbor.

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Since its inaugural event, the Gala has raised more than $1.3 million to help St. Jude continue finding cures and saving children. The Gala, and others fundraisers around the country, support families at St. Jude's who never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate to 90 percent in the next decade and won't stop until no child dies from cancer.

Gala tickets are $195. Corporate sponsorships and advertising are also available. For sponsor, volunteer or ticket information, contact Marisa Petrozza at 703-351-5171 or go to stjude.org/hopeintheharbor. Go to "Hope in the Harbor" and "St. Jude" on Facebook for more information.

Enjoy the long-awaited warm weather at the eighth annual Whipps Daffodil Dayon Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Whipps Cemetery and Memorial Gardens, 3651St. John's Lane, Ellicott City.

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The free event will feature question-and-answer sessions and horticultural presentations by Master Gardeners in the Park's Woodland Theatre. Easter lilies, hydrangeas (blue, pink and white), potted tete a tete daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, hellebores and Virginia bluebells will available for sale, in addition to a raffle at 3 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will benefit this public historic garden-park run entirely by volunteers. The park is maintained by the Howard County's Master Gardeners and is open to the public daily. For more information, contact Aleta Gravelle at 410-274-7795 or agravelle@verizon.net.

Congratulations to Centennial High School's Seiam Salehi. As a finalist in the National History Day competition in June 2014, she received recognition for her accomplishments during sessions at the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates recently.

To reach the national competition, students competed on the school, district, and the state level. Maryland History Day is conducted by the Maryland Humanities Council. This year's state competition will be held May 2 at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

For residents who live or travel on Ilchester Road, the Howard County Government is hosting a public meeting on Tuesday, April 7, starting at 7 p.m,. at Bonnie Branch Middle School, 4979 Ilchester Road, to present information about the Ilchester Road Water Main Replacement project. The project includes the replacement of 5,700 feet of water main along Ilchester Road from Montgomery Road to Ellis Lane.

Construction will begin this spring and will continue through the summer into the fall with lane closures and traffic detours. For more information, contact the Howard County Department of Public Works at 410- 313-2040.

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