I met Tony Hillery back when I was making the movie "Rounders". Matt Damon tipped me to Tony's terrific car service company, TZR, and, as he always is, Matt was holding an Ace up his sleeve. Tony is pure class...self-made man, family man and a true citizen who cares about his community and country. After many early mornings and late nights in cars with him discussing politics and the challenges of America Tony said to me one day "You know I got tired of hearing myself just talk about everything that's wrong with the world and I decided I needed to DO something...so I started this project. Can I tell you about it?" Within 15 minutes he had sketched out the idea and the mission of Harlem Grown and the project to restore the Harlem Success Garden.
Less than six months later, Tony has made Harlem Grown a reality and gone, in my estimation, from being a great guy to a true hero.
Read about what he's accomplishing for the kids of Harlem below. I'm inspired by his passion and I'm proud to say I've joined his Board along with Matt D and we're raising all the support we can. I donated $15,000 and have been rustling up all the grants I can find to support him and I helped Harlem Grown set up this CrowdRise page so anybody can join the Team with a few clicks.
If you can contribute a little through my page here...great. Literally any amount is wonderful. If you want to join the Harlem Grown team and reach out to your circles too...even better.
I can't say enough good about Tony and this project...I could go on and on but I'll stop here and just say thanks for any help.
Poker players, Rounders fans and everybody else...let's pull together and stack the deck for Tony and Harlem Grown.
HARLEM GROWN wrote -
Harlem Grown is currently partnering to restore the Harlem Success Garden, a historical community garden which had been neglected for over 20 years.
We have partnered with the local school to redesign an outdoor learning space and are currently partnering with local institutions to engage the community in repairing and reviving the vacant lot.
Current projects in the garden include rebuilding the stage and shed, creating new planting beds and raised beds for handicap-access, recreation of the center field, herb garden and useful plants garden, and refocusing the entire project around food growing and the garden to café project for the local school. Harlem Grown is also engaged garnering support and funding for a movable greenhouse project to be built in early 2012.
Please help support the Harlem Success Garden by donating to the cause. Also, click Join the Team to become a fundraiser.
Thanks for all of your support,