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Benefit honors Greenport friends

A benefit dinner and concert are being held Friday night in Greenport in memory of two local men who died in separate incidents this year.

Corey Freeman died in a car accident in February, and Jefferson Treadwell died in dirt bike accident in August. The men were friends while growing up in Greenport, and they were both 23 years old when they died.

Freeman’s cousin, Crystal Anderson, also of Greenport, organized the dinner and concert as a part of the Forever Young Foundation, which she established to honor her cousin and his friend, both of whom she said died too early, and cared deeply for their commmunity.

She said the goal of the organization is to provide opportunities for underprivilged youth in the Greenport community.

“The Forever Young Foundation wants to give back to the community and show the kids that we are invested in them and their futures,” she said.

Anderson said the money she raises from Friday’s events will go directly toward revamping the Third Street basketball court in Greenport. She said the pavement is uneven and cracked, and the basketball hoops don’t have proper nets.

The benefit starts at 6 p.m. with a dinner at the Greenport Fire Department, on Third Street. The concert will start at 8 p.m. at the Townsend Manor Inn on Main Street.

Anderson said the concert will feature five acts: Mike Check, Deuce, Toast Da MC, Kopy-Koo -- all hip-hop artists from Greenport -- and Ed Corwin, who plays rock music.

Tickets for the dinner and concert are $40 and can be purchased at the Greenport Fire Department. Purchased separately, tickets for the dinner are $20 and tickets for the concert are $25.

Tickets for the concert will not be sold at Townsend Manor Inn, but will be available at the fire house during the dinner.

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