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Remembering Keeley and helping others at annual gala [Ellicott City]

On Thursday, April 27, from 6 to 10 p.m, don't miss the eighth annual St. Jude Hope in the Harbor gala at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. The event honors the life of Keeley Imel, the Ellicott City teenager who lost her battle with cancer in 2012, and raises funds for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, where she received treatment for brain cancer.

Keeley is remembered for keeping a positive attitude despite the severity of her illness and for her dedication to service. To honor her legacy, the Imel family and volunteers in the community organize this annual fundraiser to help St. Jude Children's Research Hospital continue its mission of finding cures and saving children. Treatments invented at the research hospital have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago.

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Last year, I attended the gala with my husband Tom. It was heartwarming to see the dedication of Keeley's family, friends and community continue her legacy of helping others. Since the inaugural event, the St. Jude Hope in the Harbor gala has raised more than $2 million for St. Jude. Thanks to events like this one, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

This year, over 400 guests are expected to attend the gala that will feature a silent and live auction and restaurant tastings from over a dozen restaurants including Howard County's Chef Fabio Mura of Grill 620 and Chef James DiChiara of Centre Park Grill .

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Individual gala tickets are $195. Corporate sponsorships and advertising are available. To become a sponsor, volunteer or to purchase tickets, contact Martha Pheeny at 703-650-4503 or go to stjude.org/hopeintheharbor.

Celebrate Earth Day at Old Ellicott City's Spring Fest celebration Saturday, April 22, from noon to 7:30 p.m. This annual Main Street family-friendly event features sidewalk sales, free crafts for kids, musical acts including over 25 bands on four outdoor stages, beer and wine gardens and a variety of food vendors. Proceeds benefit The Ellicott City Partnership. For more details including band information, free parking and the shuttle trolley schedule go to www.visitellicottcity.com

The Shrine of St. Anthony invites children of all ages and their families to its Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 15, at 10:30 a.m., rain or shine. Bring your own baskets to hunt for over 4,000 eggs. The hunt will take place in front of the Shrine with children divided into areas based on age groups. Families are welcome to stay after the hunt to picnic or fly kits. Pizza will be available for sale. The Shrine isat 12290 Folly Quarter Road in Ellicott City. For more information, call 410-531-2800 or go to www.shrineofstanthony.org



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