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1,650 Gather this evening for the 32nd Annual Archbishop’s Dinner
John Cassaday chairs Canada’s largest annual dinner, with the support of religious, political & business leaders

TORONTO (October 27, 2011) – His Grace, Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, will welcome 1,650 guests to the 32nd annual Archbishop’s Dinner, Thursday, October 27, 2011 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (North Building).

Thirty-two years ago, Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter, believed that business, political and religious organizations in the Archdiocese of Toronto should come together in fellowship, ever mindful of our mutual responsibility to strengthen the communities in which we work, live and worship.

The event has grown to become Canada’s largest annual dinner, with thousands joining in the celebration each year. Approximately 40 dignitaries will be seated at the head table, with government, religious and business leaders represented. With the passing in August 2011 of Archbishop Emeritus, Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, the dinner (formerly the Cardinal’s Dinner) is now referred to as the Archbishop’s Dinner.

Confirmed head table guests include:

  • The Right Honourable John Turner, Former Prime Minister of Canada
  • Member of Provincial Parliament, Vaughan - Greg Sorbara
  • Her Worship, Hazel McCallion, Mayor of Mississauga
  • Her Worship, Susan Fennell, Mayor of Brampton
  • Archbishop Colin Johnson, Anglican Archbishop of Toronto

Chair of this year’s Archbishop’s Dinner is John Cassaday, President & CEO of Corus Entertainment. The evening begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m and will conclude with a keynote address by Archbishop Thomas Collins.

The event is primarily a community dinner with fundraising a secondary goal. Over the years, the dinner has raised more than $5.6 million, with funds allocated to charitable organizations not fully funded by traditional sources. Last year, 30 local charities were the beneficiaries of the dinner proceeds.

The Archdiocese of Toronto is one of the most diverse dioceses in North America, serving as the spiritual home to 1.9 million Catholics, celebrating Mass in more than 30 languages each week at 225 parishes.


Media Contact
Neil MacCarthy, Director, Public Relations & Communications –
Archdiocese of Toronto (416) 934-3400 x 552 (416) 879-2846 (cell)

*Note: A press table will be available*


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