BMO Financial Group Employees Give $5.6 Million to Greater Toronto Area
Charities

TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - BMO Employee Charitable Foundation recently hosted a Celebration of Giving, to distribute $5.6 million to 47 Greater Toronto Area charitable organizations, a record amount for this annual event.

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

    
    -  $5.6 million was presented to United Way Toronto and 46 other GTA
       charities who attended this event. These donations are a culmination
       of Campaign 2009 donations and early disbursements from Campaign 2010.
    -  BMO employees from across Canada raised more than $8.7 million in
       Campaign 2009, in addition to the $55 million that BMO Financial Group
       contributed in corporate donations, sponsorships and events in Canada
       last year.
    

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

"The Celebration of Giving recognizes the tremendous work of these charities and the unwavering support of BMO employees," said Alex Dousmanis-Curtis, Senior-Vice President, GTA, BMO Financial Group."BMO and its employees invest in the well being of the neighbourhoods, towns and regions we serve, because we are a part of them," continued Ms. Dousmanis-Curtis. "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 David Montgomery, Ontario Allocation Chair of 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 2011 campaign."

"Once again, BMO Financial Group employees have demonstrated their giving spirit as they strive to improve people's lives," said Julia Gorman, Vice-President, Resource Development, United Way Toronto - recipients of $3.4 million from BMO employees in 2010. "At United Way, we share the belief that together we can build a stronger community for all, and our partnership with BMO Financial Group enables us to create opportunities for a better life for everyone. During this time of economic uncertainty for thousands of people, the Celebration of Giving is a fine example of how together, we can put our shared aspirations to work to strengthen our communities."

Listed below are the recipient organizations of this donation:

    
    About Face International - Toronto
    AIDS Committee
    Allergy / Asthma Information Association
    Alzheimer Society - Ontario Division
    Boys and Girls Club - St. Alban's Toronto
    Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Ontario Chapter
    Canadian Cancer Society
    Canadian Diabetes Association
    Canadian Women's Foundation
    Children's Aid Foundation
    Children's Wish Foundation
    Covenant House - Toronto
    Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada
    Daily Bread Food Bank - Toronto
    Focus Humanitarian Assistance of Canada - Toronto
    Geneva Centre for Autism - Toronto
    Habitat for Humanity - Toronto
    Heart and Stroke Foundation - Toronto & GTA Division
    Hospital for Sick Children Foundation
    Junior Achievement - Metro Toronto
    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
    Kids Help Foundation (Kids Help Phone)
    Macaulay Child Development Centre - Toronto
    Mon Sheong Foundation - Chinese Home for Aged - Toronto
    Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation
    Multiple Sclerosis Society - Ontario
    Nellie's
    North York General Hospital Foundation
    Oakville Hospital Foundation
    Parkinson Society Canada - National
    Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
    Project CANOE
    REACH for the Rainbow
    Red Door Shelter
    Salvation Army
    Second Harvest Food Support Committee
    Sharelife
    St. Michael's Hospital Foundation
    Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation - Ontario
    Stephen Lewis Foundation
    Storefront Foundation - Toronto
    Sunnybrook Foundation - Toronto
    Trillium Health Centre Foundation
    United Way Toronto
    Variety Village
    Yonge Street Mission
    

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 $75 million for more than 3,000 charities across the country through the efforts and generosity of BMO Financial Group employees and customers.

SOURCE BMO Financial Group

For further information: For further information: Media Contact: Peter Scott, Toronto, PeterE.Scott@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996, Internet: www.bmo.com


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