CRANFORD, NJ - Brisk morning air did not deter the many who came out to the Drug Prevention Walk and “17th Annual Red Ribbon Day Celebration” on Saturday October 17, at Nomahegan Park in Cranford. 

Pamela Capaci, CEO of Prevention Links, and Union County freeholders spoke to the community about the event and said the money raised will benefit the Raymond J. Lesniak Experience, Strength, and Hope Recovery High School. 

“We are moving toward a drug free America, as well as removing the stigma for those in recovery,” said Daphney Dupervil, head of the community prevention office at Prevention Links.

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White and red flags were placed at the end of the walk. Each flag represented 100 New Jersey residents. The red flags showed the number of people who are in need of help, while the white flags showed the number who have gotten help. 

After the walk, families stayed for a full day of fun featuring pumpkin and face painting activities, pony rides, arts and crafts for the kids, a health fair and lots of giveaways. 

Visit the Prevention Links website to learn more about the organization and the Raymond J. Lesniak Experience, Strength, and Hope Recovery High School.