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					     MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF NEW JERSEY ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR NEW HOME

            A WISHING PLACE FOR SERIOUSLY ILL CHILDREN WILL BE CONSTRUCTED
                        IN MONROE TOWNSHIP, MIDDLESEX COUNTY

MONRE TWP., MIDDLESEX COUNTY, NJ, AUGUST 11, 2005 - The Make-A-Wish Foundation of
New Jersey announces it will build its future headquarters along Route 33 in Monroe Township.

Edgewood Properties CEO Jack Morris said the company will donate a seven-acre parcel of land on
which to build the 20,000-square-foot facility. The groundbreaking is expected in the spring of
2006. The completion date is set for mid-year 2007.

The seven acres donated by Edgewood Properties sits amid land which is being considered to house
a mixed-use development project along Route 33. Proposals call for a minor league ballpark to be
operated by Somerset Patriots Chairman Steve Kalafer, national retailers and upscale residential
units plus a park and ride and open space.

The construction of the new headquarters will allow the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey to
enhance the way it orchestrates the wish experience for children struggling with the challenges of
a life-threatening medical condition. Onsite children's events and activities will help stimulate a
child's imagination during the wish-granting process. Designed to look like a castle, the building is
situated just off the New Jersey Turnpike Exit 8 and will serve as a beacon of hope for seriously ill
children coming to Make-A-Wish to have their fondest wish come true. This first-of-its-kind facility
on the East Coast will allow the Foundation to consolidate offices in Union and Cherry Hill to this
new location.

At the heart of the building will be a 'Wishing Place' designed to stimulate a child's imagination and
reveal to the most seriously ill children the imaginative possibilities of a wish at a time when life is
offering only an escalating series of limitations. This facility will allow wish-granting to become a
uniquely magical experience for every child as it unfolds in a thematic environment free of
limitations, confinement or stress.

The facility also will house a volunteer training and development center for more than 400 wish-
granting volunteers, a multi-purpose room for wish-granting and special events, a suitable location
for bereavement counseling, staff offices, a children's garden and a wishing well.

"Thanks to Monroe Township Mayor Richard Pucci, and the generosity of Jack Morris and Steve
Kalafer, we will realize our wish to build a place where seriously ill children can dream and hope and
believe again that wishes can come true," said Paul Huegel, President and CEO of the Make-A-Wish
Foundation of New Jersey, a non-profit organization which has brought hope, strength and joy to
more than 4,100 seriously ill children over the last 22 years. "The gift of this land is the most
significant step to date in our realizing the dream of building a truly magical facility for the children
of New Jersey. When children first see the Wishing Place, they will know that this is a place built for
them. Unlike the hospitals and treatment facilities they have spent so much time in, this special
place will inspire hope, resonate fun, create magic, and bring joy to all who enter."

"Having been born and bred in Middlesex County, it is truly an honor to support such a wonderful
organization as the Make-A-Wish Foundation," said Edgewood Properties CEO Jack Morris. "Make-A-
Wish does amazing work on behalf of so many children in the region and this new facility will only
serve to help Make-A-Wish grant more wishes and bring priceless amounts of joy to these children."

"I am very happy to participate with Edgewood Properties and Jack Morris in bringing the Make-A-
Wish Foundation of New Jersey's headquarters to Monroe," said Steve Kalafer, long known for his
community involvement and charitable works. "The Make-A-Wish Foundation is all about making
dreams come true. That's why the Somerset Patriots have been active participants in their
programs. The donation of this property for the headquarters is a reflection of our shared
commitment to improving the lives of the foundation's special children, their families and the entire
community," Kalafer said.

"This is a great day for Monroe Township," said Mayor Pucci. "The fact that Make-A-Wish selected
our community for its headquarters and Wishing Place is a testament to our town's desirability,
spirit of progress and commitment to those less fortunate. We're honored the foundation wants to
be here."

Mayor Pucci has formed the Route 33 Land Development Task Force to study future development
along the township's Route 33 corridor including the proposed minor league ballpark. The Task
Force, chaired by Monroe Township Environmental Protection Manager Joe Montanti, will issue an
interim report at the end of August and a final report by year's end. The final report will detail
proposed sites and uses for what is now mostly vacant land.

Morris and Kalafer have conceived a transit village proposal anchored by the ballpark and would
include the Make-A-Wish facility, a park and ride, national retailers and upscale residential units.
Additionally, under the Edgewood plans, about half of the land to be used for the project would
remain dedicated to open space and consist of walking trails and parks.

Monroe Township is located at the southern of Middlesex County, which has become a nationally
recognized center for world-class research and non-profit institutions dedicated to children. The
county is home to the Bristol-Meyers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University
Hospital, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, The Children's Health Institute and Children's
Specialized Hospital.

About Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey
The mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation is to grant the fondest wish of children between the
ages of 2 and 18, who have a life-threatening medical condition. Since its inception in 1983, the
New Jersey chapter has granted more than 4,100 wishes. This year alone, the Make-A-Wish
Foundation of New Jersey will grant more than 430 wishes.

To learn more about the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey and their plans for "A Wishing
Place," please visit www.wishnj.org or call Tom Weatherall, Vice President for Development at 908-
964-5055.

About Edgewood Properties
Founded in 1992, Edgewood Properties is one of New Jersey leading diversified real estate
development companies. The company is active in the for-sale and rental residential, retail and
office sectors throughout the state. Edgewood Properties is a leader in the revitalization of urban
centers with several large-scale, mixed-use developments under way in New Brunswick, Somerville,
Cherry Hill and Atlantic City. As a private, family-owned company, Edgewood is known for building
quality developments that bring jobs, affordable housing, rateables and vitality to each local
community.

   For more information, please visit the company's Web site at: www.edgewoodproperties.com.

About Steve Kalafer
Steve Kalafer is the chairman of the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League of
Professional Baseball. He is also the founding Chairman of the Flemington Car and Truck Country
family of dealerships and is a three-time Oscar® nominee as a producer of documentary films. A
cancer survivor, Kalafer councils newly diagnosed cancer patients and devotes much of his time to
charitable pursuits. He was recently honored by Somerset County's Resource Center for Women and
Their Families for his support of programs to prevent domestic violence.
For more information:

                          Paul Huegel                Mayor Richard Pucci
                        President & CEO               Monroe Township
              Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey     (732) 521-4400
                         908-964-5055
                       908-964-0082 fax

				
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