1,700 Gather this evening for the 30th Annual Cardinal’s Dinner
Ronald Osborne chairs Canada's largest annual dinner, with the support of religious, political & business leaders
TORONTO (October 29, 2009) – His Grace, Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, will welcome 1,700 guests at the 30th annual Cardinal’s Dinner Thursday, October 29, 2009 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (North Building).
Thirty years ago, Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter, believed that all major organizations, including religious, should be involved in the activities of the overall community. He foresaw the minds of people switching from believing in their God to turning to commercialism and away from being a good neighbour.
The idea was to bring together each year representatives from religious, political and business within the Archdiocese, which stretches from the Greater Toronto Area to Midland, Oshawa and Mississauga.
The event has grown to become Canada’s largest annual dinner, averaging approximately 1,800 attendees. Representatives from Rome, the federal and provincial governments and municipal authorities will be seated at an elevated head table of approximately 40 people.
This year’s Dinner Chair is Ronald Osborne, Chariman of the Board of Sun Life Financial Services of Canada. Archbishop Collins will deliver the keynote address. The evening begins with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
The event is primarily a community dinner with fundraising a secondary goal. Over the years, the dinner has raised over $5.5 million, with funds going to charitable organizations that are not fully funded by normal sources. Last year, 29 local charities were the beneficiaries of the dinner proceeds.
The Archdiocese of Toronto is one of the most diverse dioceses in North America and serves as the spiritual home to 1.9 million Catholics, celebrating Mass in more than 30 languages each week at 223 parishes.
*Note: A press table will be available*
Neil MacCarthy, Director, Public Relations & Communications –
Archdiocese of Toronto (416) 934-3400 x 552 (416) 879-2846 (cell)