The BMO Employee Charitable Foundation hands out more than $400,000 as part of Generosity Day



    Over $1 million collected in Quebec in 2007

    MONTREAL, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - The BMO Employee Charitable Foundation today
donated some $417,000 to 36 Quebec-based non-profit organizations as part of
the second edition of Generosity Day, which aims to recognize and celebrate
the volunteer work and generosity of BMO employees and the institution's
customers.
    In particular, the foundation donated $275,000, raised through the sale
of 2007 BMO Bank of Montreal Dream Home tickets, to the following foundations
that work with sick children:

    
    -   Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation - $70,000
    -   Sainte-Justine Hospital Foundation - $70,000
    -   Fondation du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec - $35,000
    -   Fondation du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke - $30,000
    -   Fondation les petits trésors - $30,000
    -   Marie Enfant Foundation - $20,000
    -   Ronald McDonald House - $20,000
    

    The BMO Employee Charitable Foundation raised $1,014,480 in Quebec
through its 2007 campaign. As the foundation's administrative fees are
entirely assumed by BMO, all monies will be redistributed in the various
regions of the province in which they were raised, as has been the case with
all the campaigns conducted since the foundation was established in 1996.
    "Together, through our concerted actions and our involvement, we can
contribute to the well-being of our communities while also deriving great
personal satisfaction," said François Hudon, Senior Vice-President, Quebec
Division, BMO Bank of Montreal. "You are champions, all of you who work for
the 36 community organizations represented here today and all of you who are
active members of the BMO Employee Charitable Foundation."
    "Generosity Day allows us to pay homage to 26 BMO colleagues who have
distinguished themselves through their involvement and leadership over the
past year," added Martin Beauchamp, Chair of the BMO Employee Charitable
Foundation in Quebec. "It is also an opportunity for all BMO employees to be
inspired by these leaders to exceed our fundraising goals in 2008."
    Bruno Mital, Regional Director of Kids Help Phone, which has benefited
from the support of the BMO Employee Charitable Foundation, said, "We have
found within the foundation people who share our passion and commitment to
young people, like BMO Bank of Montreal itself, which is a founding partner of
our organization. We are proud to be able to count on a loyal, unwavering
partner and people who are ready to actively support our cause."
    The following organizations were also present at the Generosity Day and
have received financial support from the BMO Employee Charitable Foundation in
2007:

    Accueil Bonneau
    Action Centre-Ville (Montréal)
    Canadian Italian Community Foundation Quebec
    CURE Foundation
    Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation
    Fondation du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec
    Fondation du Centre hospitalier universitaire de Sherbrooke
    Fondation les Petits Trésors of Hôpital Rivière-des-Prairies
    Fondation Ordina-Coeur
    Giant Steps Foundation
    Jeunes au Travail
    JEVI Centre de prévention du suicide-Estrie
    Just for Kids Foundation
    Kids Help Phone
    L'Ancre des jeunes
    L'Auberge du coeur le Baluchon
    La Citad'Elle de Lachute
    La Fondation de la Maison Michel-Sarrazin
    La Fondation du Centre Jacques-Cartier
    La Tablée populaire
    La Traversée
    Le Centre Marie-Eve
    Le Relais communautaire de Pont-Viau
    Les Loisirs Le Grillon
    Les Services de réadaptation du Sud-Ouest et du Renfort
    Maison des jeunes de Mascouche
    Marie Enfant Foundation
    Miriam Foundation
    Montreal Children's Hospital Foundation
    Quebec Breakfast Club
    Ronald McDonald House of Montreal
    Sainte-Justine Hospital Foundation
    Shield of Athena
    Station Familles
    West Island Community Shares
    West Island Palliative Care Residence Foundation


    About the BMO Employee Charitable Foundation

    Founded in 1996 in Quebec as Fountain of Hope, the BMO Employee
Charitable Foundation is a national charitable organization formed of working
and retired BMO Financial Group employees. With the generous support of these
employees as well as BMO Financial Group customers and friends, the foundation
helps improve the quality of life of the less fortunate by providing support
to thousands of registered charitable organizations across Canada.
    Active nationwide since 2000, the BMO Employee Charitable Foundation
raised more than $8 million during its 2007 campaign due to the efforts of its
six regional chapters and the generosity of BMO Financial Group employees and
customers.





For further information:

For further information: Ronald Monet, Montreal, BMO Financial Group,
(514) 877-1873, ronald.monet@bmo.com, Website:
www.bmoemployeecharitablefoundation.ca


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