Giving Back

The Morton Pumpkin Festival is a fund raiser for the Morton Chamber of Commerce, a local non-profit organization that strives to strengthen local business and enhance the Village of Morton. In addition to using festival revenue to support their general operations, the Morton Chamber of Commerce donates tens of thousands of dollars each year to other, local non-profit organizations that assist in the operations of the festival.

Special Project for 2017

This year, the Morton Chamber of Commerce will be directing a portion of the revenue generated from the 2017 “Das Pumpkin” Festival to our Morton Park District to support the continued improvements at Idlewood Park.  As most Morton residents and businesses are aware, Idlewood Park has become the focal point for much of our community activity.  With the completion of the new Morton Pool and the Idlewood Arts Pavilion, this park is a gathering place for residents and visitors to enjoy a wide variety of events.  In addition to all of the Park District programming at the Morton Pool and adjacent activity fields the following annual events occur:


Arts on the Park Concert Series

Backyard Talent Show

Movies in the Park Series

District 709 music program concerts

Relay for Life

Tazewell County Swim Meet

MJHS 8th Grade graduation party

Weddings and countless family reunions

Family memories


Morton Park District recently replaced the small shelter with new construction, and replacing the larger shelter is the next plan for improvements to Idlewood Park.  Pumpkin Festival revenue will support a new large shelter that will accommodate all the growing activities taking place. 


We hope to supporting these projects by giving back another $25,000 this year. There is also over $20,000 given to the many dedicated and supportive non-profits and sports organizations that assist with the Festival events and activities. 

Project Pumpkin Endowment Fund

Project Pumpkin is an endowment fund the Morton Chamber of Commerce launched in 2013 in partnership with the Morton Community Foundation.  The purpose of the fund is to provide access to the Morton Pumpkin Festival for families in need.

To contribute to the fund, festival guests can purchase a special item at the Pumpkin Store before and during the Morton Pumpkin Festival.  100% of the proceeds from those sales go to support this fund.  Direct contributions to the fund can also be sent to the Morton Community Foundation.


Non Profit Partners 2017

This year, the following non profit organizations will receive a portion of the revenue from the Morton Pumpkin Festival through their support of festival activities and operations:

Boy Scout Troop 178
Jefferson Elementary School Activity Fund
Jefferson Elementary School PTO
Morton High School Football Team
Morton High School Girl's Track Team
Morton High School Girl's Volleyball Team
Morton Community Foundation
Morton Community Unit School District 709
Morton Tourism Association
Morton Youth Baseball Association
Rotary Club of MortonTazewell County Resource Center
St. Jude Morton to Peoria Runners

Past Year Contributions

The Morton Chamber of Commerce has contributed thousands of dollars to local nonprofit organizations and projects through the revenue generated by the Morton Pumpkin Festival.  Here is a history of contributions over the past decade:

2001 - $11,000
2002 - $15,250
2003 - $16,500
2004 - $17,000
2005 - $17,500
2006 - $5,000
2007 - $25,000
2008 - $5,000
2009 - $35,000
2010 - $40,000
2011 - $13,118
2012 - $46,793     (Special Project:  Downtown Memorial Plaza - $25,000)
2013 - $52,498.82 (Special Project:  Idlewood Arts Pavilion - $25,000)
2014 - $58,207.99 (Special Project: Veterans Memorial - $25,000)
2015 - $53,827.91 (Special Project:  Birchwood Park Softball Complex - $25,000)