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Saturday, November 10, 2018
5:30pm - 9:00pm
Burroughs Farms

This Fall our Big Event fundraiser will have a Hawaiian theme... "Mahalo Luau", which means literally, "Thank You Party".  We hope you'll add this to your calendar and plan to attend.  We'll have a delicious meal, desserts, and drinks with a Luau theme, as well as a Live Auction, Wine Pull, Heads or Tails Game, and more.  

This year, prior to our event, we're having our first-ever Chair-ity Auction.  With the help of volunteers and clients of Peoria Rescue Ministries, 32 wooden Adirondack style chairs were built for us (CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE), were distributed to local groups/artists to be painted, and are being auctioned off to benefit the Morton Community Foundation's operating fund.  

All completed chairs are currently on display at the Morton Public Library for everyone to see in person. Chairs can be purchased via our virtual auction (online auction) platform now through Friday night, November 9, at 8pm, the night before our Big Event, Saturday, November 10.  All 32 chairs will then be displayed at our event, and attendees will vote for their favorite(s), as a "People's Choice Award."  The Morton Community Foundation will give a grant to the "People's Choice Award" winner's charity of choice.  Winning bidders may then take their chair(s) home with them at the end of the evening on November 10.

Yes! I’d like to attend. Where do I get tickets?

I can’t attend but would like to make a donation…

Click below to see chairs as they have been completed for our 2018 chair-ity auction

The venue for our event on Saturday, November 10 will be Burroughs Farms on Cooper Road at the end of North Main street (North of town).  The address is: 25356 Cooper Rd, Morton, IL. Click below for directions to Burroughs Farms.

 
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CHAIRS HAVE BEEN PAINTED BY THE FOLLOWING:

chair #1 - by louisa jane home furnishings and design

chair #2 - by rozanne hubbard, artist

CHAIR #3 - BETHEL LUTHERAN SCHOOL - By Mary Kate Muniz, ARTIST

chair #4 - heather & christian ritchie, artists

chair #5 - morton public library - by susan kelsO, ARTIST

CHAIR #6 - MARY SPAHR, ARTIST

CHAIR #7 - MEGHAN DARCY, ARTIST

CHAIR #8 - ALLTRUST FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT - BY DOROTHY EWALD, ARTIST

CHAIR #9 - EBENEZER ART STUDIO, DELAVAN, IL - BY MORGAN ELSER, ARTIST

chair #10 - gold's gym - by brad grimm automotive and custom paint, artist

CHAIR #11 - MHS Girl's Basketball - BY COACH BOB BECKER, ARTIST

CHAIR #12 - MORTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE - BY CINDY VILLA, ARTIST

CHAIR #13 - Morton Park District - BY “THE PAINTED LADIES” OF THE MORTON PAINTING CLUB

CHAIR #14 - CHRIS RAJKUMAR, ARTIST

chair #15 - Lyle CRUSE, Jr, ARTIST

chair #16 - JEFFERSON STREET STUDIO AND GALLERY - BY KELLY SCARFE, ARTIST

chair #17 - MHS Band - BY CONNIE ANDREWS, ARTIST

Chair #18 - Lincoln Elementary - by Linda Emlin, Artist

chair #19 - Kuhl Insurance - BY KARI ZERN, ARTIST

chair #20 - MYBA - BY DR. MATT NANNIE, ARTIST

chair #21 - Lettie Brown Elementary - BY SONDRA DOLE, ARTIST

chair #22 - Morton Orchestra - BY LEAH GETZ, ARTIST

chair #23 - Mikki Grant, ARTIST

chair #24 - MHS Art Club

chair #25 - Jefferson Elementary

chair #26 - Morton Community Bank

chair #27 - Morton Junior High ART CLUB

chair #28 - Grundy Elementary - BY MELISSA BARNHILL, ARTIST

chair #29 - Morton Fine Arts AssocIATION - BY JULIE WOOD, ARTIST

chair #30 - Heart of Morton

chair #31 - MHS Interact

 
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Wine Pull

 

You choose numbered corks - $20 ea.

The Wine Pull takes place on the night of our Big Event 2018 fundraiser... Saturday, November 10.  We will have numbered corks for you to purchase for $20 each.  The corks will be identified as white or red wine, and the numbers on the corks correspond to numbered bottles of wine stored in another room.  The donated bottles of wine are all valued at least $20, but there are also a good selection of wines valued at between $20 and higher.  Your goal is to try to pick a cork corresponding to a high value bottle of wine.

 

THANKS TO PEORIA RESCUE MINISTRIES FOR BUILDING THE CHAIRS FOR OUR AUCTION!

 
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It all started when…

MCF Executive Director, Scott Witzig was talking with his friend, Jon Rocke, Executive Director of Peoria Rescue Ministries (PRM), about his idea to hold a Chair-ity Auction fundraiser.  Scott explained that he needed to find someone to build approximately 30 chairs, so that local school groups, charities, and artists could paint them and donate them back to the MCF to be auctioned off.

After hearing this, Jon explained that he had been thinking about possibly starting a project for the men in PRM's Victory Acres addiction recovery program.  His idea was that the men could learn a skill by building chairs and other items out of some of the nicer donated wood pallets and crates, that are currently being shredded and turned into mulch.  Jon suggested that they would be interested in building 30 chairs for the MCF as a pilot project, giving PRM an idea of whether or not the idea would be a viable program for Victory Acres. 

He then contacted two of his volunteers, Charlie Dean, and Darrell Goodman, both retired men, with excellent woodworking skills, and asked them to create a chair design, make patterns, and build the chairs.  Charlie and Darrell created patterns, purchased wood (pallets and crates were not used for these chairs), screws, etc, for 16 chairs cut all the pieces , and sent them out to Victory Acres to be primed by the men there.  Once all the pieces were primed, they were assembled.  Check out the time-lapse video of a chair being assembled by Charlie and Darrell.  Sixteen more chairs were built, using the same patterns, by another PRM volunteer, Bruce Ekhoff, with some help from men from his Small Group Bible Study... David King, Bill Troyer, Steve Bachman, and David Schissler.

This was a wonderful collaboration... the Morton Community Foundation benefitted by getting 30 very sturdy, quality, chairs for free, and PRM learned what they need to know in order to make a decision as to whether they should pursue this project for Victory Acres.

If you'd like to learn more about Peoria Rescue Ministries and their various programs, click the button below...

 
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Ticket Information

 

TICKETS ON SALE ONLINE OR IN OFFICE

$60 ea. (Cash or Check). $62 ea. (Bank Card)  Table of 10 - $600 (Cash or Check).  $620 (Bank Card). Only tables of 10 will be RESERVED. Individual tickets will be OPEN SEATING. Tickets include: Delicious meal prepared by Trails End Smokehouse and TCRC Catering.  Beer, Wine, & Soda provided by Brewers Distributing.

If you don't feel comfortable purchasing your tickets online, and/or would like to pay by check, you may click below to download an order form. Then, either stop by our office at 105 E. Jefferson Street, Morton, to pay by check or bank card…Or, mail your order form, with check or bank card information to the MCF at the address above.