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Graeme Preston Foundation for Life Holding 4th Annual Festival of Friends Picnic

The foundation has donated $150,000 to Freehold families and organizations.

The Graeme Preston Foundation for Life will hold its fourth annual Festival of Friends picnic from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at Pine Grove Day Camp in Wall.

The foundation honors the memory of Graeme Preston, an active 12-year-old Freehold Township boy who died in an accident in 2008.

“We do this raise awareness for the foundation and thank the community for being so kind and generous,” said Stephanie Preston, Graeme’s aunt. “We’ve always known that we’re lucky with the friends and family we have. After the accident the amount of support for the Freehold community was tremendous. We want to give back to the community.”

The foundation has given out over $150,000 to local Freehold families facing financial hardships and to local organizations, Preston said. During the picnic, two $1,500 scholarships are awarded to a Freehold Township High School and a Freehold High School student.

The picnic features a variety of food, entertainment and activities for the whole family, according to Preston.

“We have clowns, face painting, henna tattoos an games. We have a soccer tournament and there’s a skate park where we teach kids about skateboarding safely,” Preston said.

Tickets for the Festival of Friends picnic are $25 per adult, $15 per child and $65 for a family ticket (two adults and children) if paid by Friday, May 20. After May 20, the cost is $30 per adult, $20 per child and $80 per family ticket.

For more information, visit the Graeme Preston Foundation for Life’s Web site.

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