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Heidi White Memorial Concert Tuesday, April 5

"Heidi encouraged a level of excellence in her teaching, and as a living example of 'being one's best,'..."


The Heidi White Memorial Scholarship Concert is Tuesday, April 5, 7:00pm at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center at MHS. Tickets are $10 for adults and $25 for families. The concert will feature the Morton Elementary Choir, MHS Chorale, MHS & MJHS Prelude Strings, The Bum Bums, The B Naturals, emcee Ashlie Antrim with Jake Geiger, and the MJHS Jazz Band with JC & the Redemption!!! And of course, there will be drinks and goodies from Eli's Coffee Shop! Please don't miss out on this special event!

Heidi White was a dynamic, energetic and inspiring music teacher at Morton public schools from 1999 until 2004, teaching music and chorus at Jefferson Elementary, upper elementary chorus (comprised of students from all Morton elementary schools), and chorus at Morton Junior High. Heidi encouraged a level of excellence in her teaching and as a living example of ‘being one’s best’ to students, parents, and fellow teachers. It was Heidi’s faith in her Lord Jesus Christ that spurred her on to live each day to its fullest, and to seize every opportunity to demonstrate to everyone she met the loving, positivism of her faith and hope in Christ.

A year before her death, Heidi White shared with fellow music teacher, Katrina Fitzpatrick, Heidi’s dream of establishing a yearly music faculty concert showcasing the musical talents of Morton schools’ faculty. After Heidi’s death in 2004, her idea blossomed into a yearly concert that includes faculty and students, with the proceeds from the concert used to fund summer enrichment opportunities for students to pursue their vocal and instrumental musical interests.

Before performances, Heidi often reminded her students of their ‘special-ness’ and potential, telling them ‘you are the cheese’ , as on pizza - in other words,  the BEST part!


Donate to the MHS Tennis Fund - Joal Stanfield Memorial

As Spring approaches and more tennis players will be getting out to play at the new Joal Stanfield Memorial Tennis Complex at Morton High School, DONATIONS are being sought to help with some special signing around the complex.

Joal Stanfield, MHS Tennis Coach and elementary teacher at Lincoln School died unexpectedly at the age of 34 on August 27, 2014.  In October of 2015, Morton High School built a new tennis complex and dedicated it to Joal Stanfield.  Morton High's new state of the art tennis complex complete with teaching/viewing tower was Joal's dream. 

Fellow tennis coaches, and friends, Pete Martin and Jon Wheat are asking for donations to help purchase special signing at the tennis complex to ensure that lessons and legacy of Joal Stanfield are remembered for generations to come.





Morton Community Foundation Offers Funding for Local Charities and Governmental Entities

The Morton Community Foundation annually considers grant requests from Not-For-Profit groups and governmental entities (Schools, Library, Park District, Township, Village) that benefit Morton residents.  For a complete list of our grant history, CLICK HERE.

The Morton Community Foundation’s mission is “To improve the quality of life for Morton area residents, now and for generations to come.”  One of the ways we do that is by investing in our community through our annual strategic grant making process. 

If you are a non-profit charity, school, or governing body that impacts Morton area residents, or if you are involved with one of these, we are asking you to consider submitting a grant request for our 2016 Grant Cycle. The Grant Cycle opens on Friday, February 19.  Application guidelines are available HERE.  The deadline for completed grant applications is 5:00pm, Friday, March 11, 2016.  Grant recipients will be announced at the Foundation’s Business After Hours event at the Bertha Frank Performing Arts Center on Thursday, April 21, 2016.

Our purpose is to assist in projects that fulfill our mission.  Due to the large number of grant requests we receive each year, and the limited dollars available to support those requests, we are offering a Grant Writers’ Workshop.  This workshop will last approximately 1 hour.  We will provide information that will help your organization understand the criteria with which proposals will be prioritized for funding.  This workshop is not required.  However, we highly encourage attendance by those planning to submit proposals so that the grant writer will have the information needed to give their request the highest likelihood of funding.  The workshop will be held at the Morton Community Foundation Office at 4:00pm on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.  You can register for the workshop online or call us at the phone number below.

For questions about the 2016 Grant Cycle, the Grant Writers’ Workshop, or anything else about the Morton Community Foundation, contact Scott Witzig at 309.291.0434 or e-mail:


New Fund Started... Morton Downtown Beautification Endowment in Memory of Witzig's Store

Witzig's clothing store was a Morton Downtown fixture for 84 years, 1910 - 1994.  Gene and Harold Witzig were 3rd generation family members in the business.  They always had a particular passion for downtown Morton beautification... not only for their own store front, but for the entire downtown business community.  The Morton Downtown Beautification Endowment in Memory of Witzig's Store, was established to honor Gene, Harold, their ancestors, and their families for 84 years of service to Morton are residents, and the business community.  The fund was established by Witzig family members, with memorials following the deaths of Gene Witzig on October 14, 2015, and his brother and fellow business partner Harold Witzig on Friday, January 15, 2016.

This endowment will provide annual grants to be used for supporting the purchase of flower boxes and flower beds and/or flowers and plants; upkeep of flower containers and flower beds; public art; way signing; bike racks; and other types of beautification in the area(s) defined as “Downtown” by the Village of Morton.



Or mail a check made out to the Morton Community Foundation
105 E. Jefferson Street, Morton, IL  61550 




On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving.
Anyone, anywhere can get involved in #GivingTuesday and give back in a way that is meaningful to them. From fundraising to volunteering to pro bono service, #GivingTuesday is a great way to engage your community and to become a part of a larger worldwide movement that promotes generosity.

#GivingTuesday is so much more than one day in December. Pledge to do more the following year. For instance, you can give a certain amount every month to a charity, pledge to volunteer every month, or launch a payroll giving program to continue to give back after December.

We hope you'll consider a gift to your community through the Morton Community Foundation.  Use the link below to make your online donation.  Or, you may mail a check, or stop by our office to donate:  105 E. Jefferson Street, Morton, IL  61550.