Toronto's oldest charity celebrates its 175th Anniversary on Thursday, April 23 at the Duke of York Pub on Prince Arthur Avenue

    TORONTO, April 20 /CNW/ - The St. George's Society of Toronto - the
city's oldest charity - is celebrating 175 years of supporting causes that
matter most when they matter most. Mayor David Miller has declared April 20 to
26 St. George's Society of Toronto Week in honour of the important role St.
George's has played in the development of the city. The Mayor will raise the
St. George's flag at City Hall at 12:30 on Thursday (St. George's Day). That
night the Society holds a fundraising dinner at the Duke of York Pub - a
perfect celebration since St. George's was formed in a British restaurant 175
years ago and has been bringing Torontonians together for "good fun, good
fellowship and good works" ever since.

    Founded on St. George's Day (April 23), 1834, to provide immigrants with
food, shelter and even a cemetery, St. George's continues to reflect the
changing face of Toronto. Along with its three $1-million endowments, it gives
to some twenty other organizations annually, helping kids with autism and
veterans permanently in hospital, funding medical research and AIDS
organizations, giving youth the chance to attend university and helping the
cultural life of Toronto thrive. Members enjoy a wide range of activities from
pub night quizzes to Eating the Empire restaurant excursions and from concerts
to croquet. For more information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Stephen Johnson, The St. George's Society of
Toronto,, (416) 597-0220,

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