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Money Raised For Illinois State Police Memorial Park At 7 Year Old Boy’s Birthday Party

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Press Release Date: September 20, 2012    || Archived February 11, 2013

2ND Grader Chooses ISP Memorial Park as Charity of Choice to Receive Donations

Schaumburg – Milo Greenspon, a 7 year old student from Saint Cyril’s Methodius elementary school in Lemont, Illinois, has selected the Illinois State Police Memorial Foundation as his charity of choice to receive $5,000 in charitable donations. 

Every year, Milo’s parents, Steve and Catherine Greenspon, aim to teach their son a valuable lesson - giving back to the community.  Their hope is that their son will appreciate a worthy and charitable cause, by accepting charitable donations instead of presents as he celebrates his birthday.

“Our hope is to teach our son that giving back and becoming involved in a charity or organization that he shares interests with will broaden his awareness and service to the community as he moves forward in life,” said Steve and Catherine Greenspon. 

The Greenspon’s host a birthday bash every year with the goal of raising funds for a charity of their son’s choice.  Last year, Milo selected Illinois Special Olympics as his charity of choice.  This year, the charity birthday party was held at Legoland Discovery Center, in Schaumburg.  More than 150 friends and family members attended and donated to Milo’s charity.  Milo attended the ISP Motorcycle Fun Run & Memorial Ride, where he decided that Illinois State Police Officers who died in the Line of Duty deserved to be recognized and honored.

Illinois State Police Memorial Park Committee Co-Chair Jack Garcia, applauded Milo’s selection.  “The Illinois State Police Memorial Park, is being built to honor the Illinois State Police officers who have died in the line of duty, giving their lives to protect the citizens of Illinois.  It’s refreshing to know that these young people dug deep into their piggy banks to contribute to a worthy cause,” said Committee Co-Chair Jack Garcia.

Several of Milo’s friends and his parent’s friends donated anywhere from $7 to $700 dollars of their own money to help build the park.  “I love the troopers because they are like super heroes and they protect us,” said Milo Greenspon.  I feel sad that there isn’t a park for the troopers that have died fighting for us. I hope the donations from my birthday party will allow them to build it,” Milo added.A total of $5,000 in checks was collected and will be presented to the Illinois State Police Memorial Park.

For more information on the Illinois State Police Memorial Park or to make a donation, please visit


Milo Greenspon Birthday Party Photo

Photo courtesy of friends of Greenspon family.

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