For the sixth year, hundreds of people gathered in Baltimore to raise funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and to celebrate the life of a local teenager who fought brain cancer at St. Jude.
About 400 people attended the sixth annual St. Jude Hope in the Harbor event, held April 9 at the American Visionary Art Museum, and raised more than $340,000 for the hospital. Hope in the Harbor has raised more than $1.6 million over the years.
The event honors St. Jude patient Keeley. Although she lost her cancer battle in 2012, her legacy —and her positive attitude in the face of severe illness—lives on in the Baltimore community, especially through Hope in the Harbor. She and her mother, Judi, founded the event in 2010.
This year, Hope in the Harbor featured 24 of Baltimore’s finest restaurants and chefs, who set up tasting stations for guests to enjoy. Live and silent auctions contributed to the overall fundraising total. The live auction items headlined the event and included a VIP concert experience and wine tasting with the band, Train, a luxury vacation in the Bahamas and a behind–the–scenes tour and lunch at the Baltimore Ravens practice center, called “the castle.”
Guests also heard from the mother of a healthy, 15–year–old Maryland girl, who came to St. Jude for treatment when she was 3. The mother told her family’s story of hope and thanked guests for their support of St. Jude.
St. Jude Hope in the Harbor was presented by LiUNA. Event sponsors included Allegis Group Foundation, Altus Partners, BAYADA Home Health Care, BB&T, Brown Advisory, Chase, Columbia Benefits Services, Creig Northrop Real Estate of Long & Foster, Donovan & Rainie LLC, Eckert Seamans, Ellin & Tucker, Erickson Living, FCE Benefits, First Mariner Bank, Gordon Feinblatt, GP Strategies Inc., Howard County Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Kelly Benefit Strategies, Master Security, Maxim Healthcare, Miles & Stockbridge, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Priority 1 Auto Group, Silberstein Insurance Group, Susquehanna Bank, ULLICO, United Rentals, US Trust Wealth Advisory, Wells Fargo, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston and Willis of Maryland.
About St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won't stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. 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. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, sharing stories and videos from St. Jude Inspire, liking St. Jude Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter and Instagram and subscribing to its YouTube channel.