Prevention First will hold its annual Excellence in Prevention Luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Eagle Oaks Golf & Country Club in Farmingdale.This year’s event celebrates the agency’s 45th year of service.“Reaching the 45th anniversary milestone is not an easy task for any nonprofit charity. Just as our world has continued to change, we have needed to adjust how we care for ourselves and how to prepare for a more complex and uncertain future,” said Executive Director and CEO Mary Pat Angelini. “From our 1967 beginning as the Alcoholism Council of Monmouth County, our mission and focus have expanded and staff has grown from one dedicated employee to a dynamic team of 26 highly-trained, award-winning professionals.”Prevention First provides research-based alcohol and drug abuse and violence/bullying prevention programs to students ranging from preschool to high school, as well as to parents and guardians. During the last 45 years, more than 180,000 children and families have benefited from the comprehensive range of programs and services the agency offers.Prevention saves. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates the savings in future “societal costs” to be $18 for every dollar spent on prevention. The savings in quality of life and life itself is immeasurable and invaluable, and Prevention First takes pride in celebrating it!Tickets to the Excellence in Prevention Luncheon are $45 per person and may be purchased online at shop.preventionfirst.net or by calling Michelle Cicalese at 917-608-4247.