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
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
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
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