BMO Financial Group Employees Give $2.7 Million to Greater Toronto Area Charities

    TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - BMO Employee Charitable Foundation hosted a
Celebration of Giving this evening, to distribute funds to 56 Greater Toronto
Area charitable organizations.
    BMO Financial Group employees and representatives from various supported
charitable groups gathered at First Canadian Place in Toronto tonight to
celebrate the culmination of a year of employee-driven fundraising efforts by
the Foundation.

    -   The 2008 Campaign raised a total of $2.7 million for both the
        United Way Toronto and many individual GTA charities who attended
        this event.
    -   More than $5.7 million was raised for charities within Ontario and
        $8.7 million Canada-wide.
    -   This is over and above the $47.7 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
    "This evening's Celebration of Giving recognizes the tremendous work of
these charities and the unwavering support of BMO employees," said Bill Downe,
President and CEO, BMO Financial Group and the United Way Toronto's Campaign
Chair for 2009.
    "We invest in the well being of the neighbourhoods, towns and regions we
serve, because we are a part of them," continued Downe. "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
    "We are thrilled that BMO employees have once again joined together to
support the Foundation's fundraising campaign," said David Montgomery,
Director, Ontario Region, BMO Employee Charitable Foundation. "2008 results
have been a tremendous achievement, and we are looking forward to increasing
our charitable support in our upcoming 2009/2010 campaign."
    "Once again, BMO Financial Group employees have demonstrated their giving
spirit as they strive to improve people's lives," said Christina Politis,
Campaign Director, United Way Toronto - recipients of $1.4 million from BMO
employees in 2008. "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, this evening
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:

    Alzheimer Society - Ontario Division
    Arthritis Society - Ontario Division
    Autism Society of Ontario
    Bloorview Kids Rehab Foundation
    Boost Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention
    Boundless Adventures Association - Toronto
    Breakfast Club for Learning
    Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Ontario Chapter
    Canadian Cancer Society
    Canadian Diabetes Association
    Canadian Liver Foundation
    Canadian Red Cross - Ontario Division
    Canadian Women's Foundation
    Centre for Addiction & Mental Health Foundation
    Children's Aid Foundation
    Children's Wish Foundation
    Covenant House - Toronto
    Credit Valley Hospital Foundation
    Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada
    Daily Bread Food Bank - Toronto
    Doctors Without Borders
    Geneva Centre for Autism - Toronto
    Habitat for Humanity - Toronto
    Heart and Stroke Foundation - Toronto & GTA Division
    Horizons for Youth
    Hospital for Sick Children Foundation
    Humane Society - Toronto
    Ian Anderson Hospice Foundation
    Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
    Kids Help Foundation (Kids Help Phone)
    Make a Wish Foundation - Toronto & Central Region
    Mon Sheong Foundation - Chinese Home for Aged - Toronto
    Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation
    Multiple Sclerosis Society - Ontario
    National Ballet of Canada
    Oakville Hospital Foundation
    Parkinson Society Canada - National
    Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation
    Prostate Cancer Research Foundation of Canada
    Salvation Army
    Second Harvest Food Support Committee
    Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation
    St. Michael's Hospital Foundation
    Stephen Lewis Foundation
    Sunnybrook Foundation - Toronto
    Toronto General Hospital Foundation
    Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Clubs
    Toronto Star Children's Charities
    Trails Youth Initiatives
    Trillium Health Centre Foundation
    United Way Toronto
    Variety Village
    Yonge Street Mission
    York Central Hospital

    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.

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