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.

2018 Give Back Project

 

This year, the Morton Chamber of Commerce will direct a portion of the revenue generated from the 2018 'S'more Pumpkin' Festival to the Jefferson Elementary School PTO for new playground equipment to be installed in the summer of 2019.

 

Their current playground is well loved, but in need of some major updates. These new playground features will be a safer place for recess and after-school enjoyment and will meet ADA compliance standards, allowing and encouraging children of all abilities to learn and play together.

 

 

 

Jefferson Elementary School PlaygroundJefferson Elementary School, which serves as Festival grounds, has always been wonderful and accommodating hosts for our Festival fun. This new equipment will not only benefit the children and families of Morton, but all the families that enjoy this play area during the Festival every year!

 

 

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 2018

2018 Festival, 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
Girl Scout Troops 4698 & 4268
Jefferson Elementary School Activity Fund
Jefferson Elementary School PTO
Jefferson School Playground Fund
Midwest Food Bank
Morton Community Foundation
Morton Community Unit School District 709
Morton Junior High School Girl’s Softball Team
Morton Junior High School Student Council
Morton High School Booster Club
Morton High School Football Team
Morton High School Girl’s Softball Team
Morton High School Girl's Volleyball Team
Morton Tennis Association
Morton Youth Baseball Association
Rotary Club of Morton
St. Jude Morton to Peoria Runners
Tazewell County Resource Center

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 - $41,062.26 (Special Project:  Idlewood Arts Pavilion - $25,000)
2014 - $46,564.37 (Special Project: Veterans Memorial - $25,000)
2015 - $46,152.22 (Special Project:  Birchwood Park Softball Complex - $25,000)
2016 - $31,016.61 (Special Project: Library Book Drop & Downtown Flower Pots - $14,714.61)
2017 - $39,074.13 (Special Project: Idlewood Large Picnic Shelter $20,000)
2018 - $38,740 (Special Project: Jefferson School Playground $10,000)