BMO Financial Group Employees Give $43,000 to Edmonton Area Charities

EDMONTON, April 21 /CNW/ - The BMO Employee Charitable Foundation hosted a Celebration of Giving today, to distribute funds to Edmonton Area charitable organizations.

BMO Financial Group employees and representatives from various supported charitable groups gathered to celebrate the culmination of a year of employee-driven fundraising efforts by the Foundation.

    
    -   The 2009 Campaign raised a total of $483,486 for Alberta/NWT
        charities, many of whom attended the event.
    -   More than $8.7 million was raised Canada-wide through employee
        pledges and fundraisers.
    -   This is in addition to the $55 million that BMO Financial Group
        contributed in corporate donations, sponsorships and events in Canada
        and the United States last year.
    

One hundred per cent of donations provided through the Foundation are disbursed to charities across Canada, as BMO Financial Group covers all administrative costs.

"Today's Celebration of Giving recognizes the tremendous work of these charities and the unwavering support of BMO employees," said Lynda Taylor, Vice-President, Alberta North District.

"We invest in the well-being of the neighbourhoods, towns and regions we serve because we are a part of them," continued Ms. Taylor. "Our commitment to helping meet the needs of the many organizations and groups that make our communities strong is driven by the people who work here. It's something we approach the same way we do every other part of our business: with a full-time commitment."

"We are thrilled that BMO employees have once again joined together to support the Foundation's fundraising campaign," said Julie Bussiere, Chair of the BMO Employee Charitable Foundation. "Last year's results have been a tremendous achievement and we are looking forward to increasing our charitable support in our upcoming 2010/2011 campaign."

"During this time of economic uncertainty for thousands of people, today is a fine example of how together we can put our shared aspirations to work to strengthen our communities," said Marjorie Bencz, Executive Director, Edmonton Food Bank.

Listed below are the local recipient organizations of this donation:

    
    Alberta Cancer Foundation
    Alzheimer Society - Edmonton
    Autism Society - Alberta
    Boys & Girls Clubs Edmonton
    Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
    Canadian Cancer Society - Edmonton and North-West Division
    Canadian Diabetes Association - Edmonton
    Christmas Bureau - Edmonton
    Cross Cancer Institute
    Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
    Edmonton City Centre Church Corporation
    Edmonton Gleaners Association Food Bank
    Edmonton Humane Society
    Fort Saskatchewan Food Gatherers Society
    Friends of Bertha Kennedy School Society
    Heart and Stroke Foundation
    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
    Kids Kottage
    Multiple Sclerosis Society
    Muscular Dystrophy Association
    Northgate Baptist Church
    Rainbow Society of Alberta
    Spruce Grove & Stony Plain Victim Services
    St. Albert Food Bank
    Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation
    Strathcona Christmas Bureau
    United Way - Alberta Capital Region
    University Hospital Foundation
    Westlock Food Bank
    Youth Emergency Shelter Society
    Zebra Child Protection Centre Society A Safe Place - Strathcona Shelter
     Society
    

About The BMO Employee Charitable Foundation

BMO Employee Charitable Foundation improves the lives of those in need by supporting thousands of registered charities in Canada through the generous support of the employees, pensioned employees, customers and friends of BMO Financial Group. Since 1999, the Foundation has raised over $64 million for more than 3,000 charities across the country through the efforts and generosity of BMO Financial Group employees and customers.

SOURCE BMO BANK OF MONTREAL

For further information: For further information: Media Contact: Laurie Grant, (604) 665-7596, laurie.grant@bmo.com; Internet: www.bmo.com


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