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 thousands of dollars each year to other, local non-profit organizations that assist in the operations of the festival. In past years, festival revenues have also been used to support the creation of new organizations including the Morton Community Foundation and the Morton Economic Development Council.
The Morton Chamber of Commerce will be directing a portion of the revenue generated from this year's festival to the Morton Veterans Memorial. The Morton Veterans Memorial, a part of the proposed Morton Downtown Plaza, was developed through the joint effort of Veterans from the American Legion Post 318 and the Morton VFW Post 5921. It will include engraved granite pavers as a permanent tribute, honoring local veterans and their service to this community and our country.
We are excited to support this important community project along with the many non-profit organizations that assist with festival events and activities.
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 free 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.
The 2014 Project Pumpkin item is an orange bandana on sale for $2.00 each. Members of the Morton Chamber of Commerce can pre-order 10 or more Project Pumpkin Bandanas for staff and clients by contacting our offices at 309-263-2491 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Bethel Lutheran School
Blessed Sacrament School
Boy Scout Troop 178
Boy Scout Troop 309
Grundy Elementary School PTO
Jefferson Elementary School Administration
Jefferson Elementary School PTO
Lettie Brown Elementary School PTO
Lincoln Elementary School PTO
Masonic Lodge of Morton
MHS Basketball Team
MHS Football Team
MHS Softball Team
Morton 709 Community Schools
Morton Community Foundation
Morton Tennis Association
Morton Tourism Association
Morton Youth Baseball Association
Rotary Club of Morton
Tazewell County Resource Center
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 Plaza - $25,000)
2013 - $52,498.82 (Special Project: Idlewood Arts Pavilion - $25,000)