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Saturday, November 10, 2018

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 Chair-ity Auction, Wine Pull, and more.  

This year, during 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 then will be auctioned off to benefit the Morton Community Foundation's operating fund.  

As the chairs are completed, we will be featuring them on this site, so you can begin to see which chairs you might like to bid on.  All but 5-6 of the chairs will be displayed and auctioned off using our online silent auction platform beginning during the Morton Pumpkin Festival (Wednesday, Sept 12).  Bidding will end just prior to our Big Event, Saturday, November 10.  The remaining 5-6 chairs will be auctioned during our Live Auction at the Mahalo Luau event.  All 32 chairs will be displayed at the 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 Awards" winners'.charity of choice.

Ticket pricing and ordering information will be available soon.  If you would like to be added to our mailing list to be sure you receive information about how to attend, click below and fill out the form...

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

CLICK BELOW TO SEE EXAMPLES OF CHAIRS PAINTED FOR OTHER CHAIR-ITY AUCTIONS AROUND THE COUNTRY...

 
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CHAIRS ARE BEING PAINTED BY THE FOLLOWING:

CHAIR #1 - Louisa Jane HOME FURNISHINGS & DESIGN, TREMONT, IL

CHAIR #2 - ROZANNE HUBBARD, ARTIST, MORTON IL

Morton Chamber of Commerce

MEGHAN DARCY, ARTIST

Morton Park District

Grundy Elementary - BY MELISSA BARNHILL, ARTIST

Jefferson Elementary

Lincoln Elementary/Linda Emlin, Artist

Lettie Brown Elementary - BY SONDRA DOLE, ARTIST

Morton Junior High ART CLUB

JEFFERSON STREET STUDIO and gallery - BY KELLI SCARFE, ARTIST

Lyle CRUSE, Jr, ARTIST

MORGAN ELSER, ARTIST

Alltrust Financial - BY DOROTHY EWALD, ARTIST

Kuhl Insurance - BY KARI ZERN, ARTIST

Bethel Lutheran School - BY MARY KATE MUNIZ, 6TH GRADE ARTIST

MYBA - BY DR. MATT NANNIE, ARTIST

BRAD GRIMM AUTOMOTIVE AND CUSTOM PAINT - BY BRAD GRIMM, ARTIST

Morton Public Library

MHS Art Club

MHS Interact

MHS Girl's Basketball

MHS Band - BY CONNIE ANDREWS, ARTIST

Morton Community Bank

Morton Orchestra - BY LEAH GETZ, ARTIST

CHRIS RAJKUMAR, ARTIST

Heart of Morton

Heather & Christian RITCHIE, ARTISTS

Gold's Gym - BY TODD GRIMM

Mikki Grant, ARTIST

Mary Spahr, ARTIST

Morton Fine Arts AssocIATION - BY JULIE WOOD, ARTIST

 

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...