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A Promise to Mom

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A Promise Made
In the middle of The Great Depression a baby was abandoned in a coal bin. The child was discovered and brought up in a New Jersey state sponsored foster home by a wonderful woman named Elizabeth Van Fleet. She raised 59 other children, 3 of them were mentally challenged. The boy left in the coal bin was nicknamed “The Greek” by the kids in the home who learned of his ancestry. Greek made a promise to the lady who raised him that if he ever made money, he would donate half of it to charity and specifically to causes involved with the physically and mentally challenged. I am the child found in the coal bin, and I kept my promise. Elizabeth Van Fleet spent most of her life helping underprivileged children. She taught us to be unselfish, charitable and respectful towards religious and racial diversities. Her life served as the inspiration for the creation of Greek’s Playland, Inc .and the Stone Museum a non-profit organization; there are no owners and it is run by unpaid Board of Directors .The Stone Museum was curated by Professor Gerald Kliner and Barbara Thompson and they have given over 800 free tours.

After 40 years of outstanding dedicated service Barbara has left us, It is impossible to replace her she is now in heaven .The Stone museum (Free admission)is 50 percent indoors and it is all barrier free.it includes rocks and fossils, florescent minerals ,dinosaur eggs and native American artifacts .The museum displays over 1800 specimens from around the world, It’s the only museum where visitors can touch specimens. In 1985 Monmouth University donated its collection of 500 minerals .The U.S. army donated a M60 tank and a Cobra Helicopter. We also have our own helistop on site (H353). Joe and Trina Carye from Brooklyn New York donated $150,000. This is the only time I've accepted monetary donations. With that money I converted a section of the Playland into Garden Falls a reception facility to fund the Playland and the Stone Museum. All the employees for Greeks Playland Inc the Stone Museum and Garden Falls will be paid at most 3 times New Jersey minimum. wage based on a 40 hour week . All the profits from Garden Falls goes to operate Greeks Playland and the Stone Museum. Marcelo Lucas from Morganville New Jersey donated black top and stone. Jim Gary (the famous Dinosaur man) donated 3 dinosaurs. He is the first living sculptor to have a one man show in the museum of natural history at the Smithsonian institute .Margaret Carmella donated Pats original shoe shop. At Garden Falls all the employees have a way of overlooking the fact that a child is blind or deaf or that he or she may have a learning disability.

In the last 15 years Barbara Smith the owner of Eventfully Yours and Glen Smith hosted our Free Fall Fest for over 5000 special needs children and gave them opportunity to be in the community with their peers, and enjoy themselves like never before. They had games prizes ,pumpkins ,face painting, balloon sculpturing ,the Dixie Land Band entertainment, clowns, musicians, tattoo artist and the best BBQ lunch in New Jersey…..What a Day . This is the only place in the world like this where they have the whole place to themselves. No uninvited people can attend, that way the are guaranteed a wonderful day; and it gives them something special to look forward to. The next party where they can enjoy themselves with their old friends and the new friends they made at the last party. This has become my whole life and I would like it to continue.

Since 1972 we had free parties for over 100,000 physically and mentally challenged children and adults . 300,000 visitors have come to the Stone Museum since 1972. I am 85 years old and I did more than I ever dreamed of doing . The last thing I want is for the Playland to go on. Mathew Schiller is going to make the remaining 47.7 acres non- profit . That way we don't have to pay property taxes. Forty acres that aren’t needed are being sold and it’s on Mount Mills road. It will have its own entrance and exit. I already spent 1.5 million dollars preparing it for construction. It has sewer water and gas available. The asking price is 5 million dollars. Every week we get someone who is interested but so far they all wanted it for less money. On April 29, 2016 I had an operation for colon cancer, later I went to Sloan Kettering, and Dr. Shahrokni, a nice guy, gave me 1000 mg of chemo therapy a day and I am still here. “The guy upstairs does not want me, the guy downstairs does not want me, and they want me to keep my promise to Mom." I have been the sole financier since 1972 and I have run out of money so I had to close the Stone Museum. I started a GoFundMe page "Save the Stone Museum". I want to raise five million eight hundred thousand dollars so I can heat and air condition all the banquet halls and the mile of walkways .  Once Garden Falls is heated and air conditioned the rentals will finance Greeks Playland and the Stone Museum.
"Greeks Playland" 732-521-2232
 “Garden Falls” 732-656—3333
Thank You
The Greek

This is a list of some of the
Groups that have enjoyed a free day at Greek’s Playland during the 70’s & 80’s
Some groups came more than once and some groups received food etc.
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• Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts
• D.A.D. Activity Center-Red Bank
• East Brunswick Special Education
• Eden Institute-Princeton
• Edison Recreation for the Retarded
• Freehold Recreation in Freehold
• Hadassah (Alisa Chapter)
• Head Start- New Brunswick
• Indian Field School- South Brunswick
• Aberdeen –Hazlet & Matawan Therapeutic Recreation
• Adolescent Services Sec. of Trenton Psychiatric Hospital
• Association for Retarded Citizens –Tinton Falls
• Burlington County Association for Retarded Citizens
• Centennial High School for the emotionally Disturbed-Cranford
• Monmouth County Park System for the Mentally & Physically Handicapped
• Middlesex County Resources for the Mentally Handicapped
• Monmouth Center for Vocational Rehabilitation
• Monmouth County A.C.L.D.-Camp Reap
• Old Bridge Parks & Recreation Special
• Rutgers Community Mental Health Center
• Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital
Metuchen Christian Academy
• Middlesex County Day Training Center
• Mill Lake School-Monroe Twp.
• Monmouth County Four- H Club
• Monmouth County Migrant Project
• Monmouth County Park System
• Monmouth Junction School
• Monroe Township Recreation
• Mt.SEPA
• N.J. Div.of Youth & Family Services
• Occupational Center of Essex County
• Pixie Pre School
• Prospect House-East Orange
• Providence School
• Red Bank Convalescent Center
• Search Day Program-Ocean
• Shalom Torah Manalapan
• Shape Program-Newark
• Shepards School-Old Bridge
• Somerset County Head Start
• South Brunswick YMCA
• St. Rose –Millstone Twp.



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The last 15 years we hosted our free Fall Fest events for over 5000 special needs children and gave them the opportunity to be in the community with their peers and enjoy themselves in a way like never before. No uninvted people could attend.

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They had games, prizes, pumpkins for painting, balloon sculpting, and the Dixie Land Band for entertainment clowns, tattoo artists, and the best BBQ in New Jersey.

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What a day;  we also had free parties for over 100,000 physically and mentally challenged children and adults. Over 300,000 people have visited the Stone Museum. Joe and Trina Carye from Brooklyn New York (owner of 20% of the World Trade Center) donated $150,000. This was the only time I ever accepted monetary donations. With this money I converted a section of Greeks Playland into Garden Falls a reception facility to fund Greeks Playland and the Stone Museum. In 1985 Monmouth University donated its collection of 500 minerals. The Stone Museum displays over 1800 Specimens from around the world. This is the only museum where visitors can touch specimens. Jim Gary (the famous dinosaur man) donated three dinosaurs that he built. The U.S. Army donated an M60 tank and a Cobra helicopter. This area is a favorite sight for veterans to take photos.

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We have our own helistop on site (H353). Where we have given helicopter rides and it is used for weddings etc. The biggest thrill for everyone is a ride on a hook and ladder fire truck. When I built Greeks Playland and the Stone Museum. I had plenty of money and I never thought of renting the site. Everyone that was using it never complained that it was too hot or too cold because it was free. I have been the sole financer since 1972 and my financial means have since dwindled. That is what happens when you give everything away. I had to close the Stone Museum and stop the free tours and the free parties.

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The profit from Garden Falls rentals is the only income that I have. Once I heat and air condition the entire place that will extend the rental season. Then I will be able to continue with what I have been doing since 1972. I have  started a GoFundMe page "Save the Stone Museum".
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