ROYAL OAK (AP) – An annual food, music and arts festival in Oakland County has raised more than $4.5 million for charity over the past 18 years.

More than $255,800 was raised at this year’s Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival in downtown Royal Oak. Proceeds will benefit over 60 nonprofit and community organizations, including the Autism Alliance, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and Miracle League of Michigan.

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Nearly 4,000 pounds of nonperishable items were collected through the event’s sixth annual food drive in exchange for free admission.

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This year’s festival attracted 385,000 visitors, the third largest overall attendance in its history.

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