Who We Are

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Friends of Murphysboro (FOM) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 Foundation.  Friends of Murphysboro Foundation is comprised of a diverse group of volunteers working together to improve and enhance the quality of life for the Murphysboro community and Southern Illinois. 


Our mission is to facilitating economic and social growth through community involvement by bringing amenities and cultural events to Southern Illinois. 

Our fundraising efforts contribute to the revitalization of the historic Riverside Park in Murphysboro, IL and have allowed us to build the Veteran’s Remembrance Memorial Brick Walk in  the center of the Riverside Park along with the first public off-leash dog park  in Southern Illinois.  We also introduced the Shawnee Hills Wine & Arts Festival held in the spring of each year along with the highly  popular Big Muddy Monster Craft Brew Festival held in October.

Our Big Muddy Monster Brew Fest (held in October) is our largest annual event. This event has enjoyed overwhelming success and has grown in attendance and participating breweries since our first event four years ago.  You may learn more about the Brew Fest at www.bigmuddymonsterbrewfest.com.

In addition to the Brew Fest, we sponsor several events such as our Dog Day 5K and Santa Pictures with  your Dog.  These events help maintain our dog park facility.
Positive motivated creative individuals who are interested in making a difference in the community through hands-on involvement are encouraged to join FOM. To learn about any of our current projects or to get involved yourself, email  info@friendsofmurphysboro.org  to let us know where you would like to volunteer.

If you would like to make a donation to the Friends of Murphysboro, you can do so by mailing to P.O. Box 18 Murphysboro, IL 62966

 Thank you for supporting the Friends of Murphysboro Foundation.