In 2008 was our first St-Andrew’s Ball silent auction. It has since grown to be one of the most important fund raising components of the Ball, last year raising $15,640. We hope you will participate in the silent auction by donating, soliciting donations, by bidding or all three! The silent auction held during the evening has become a major contributor to the financial success of the Ball. This year the funds raised at the auction this year will go towards a project to endow a Chair for Canadian Studies at McGill University. The success of the auction depends upon the generosity and support of our donors and we are hoping once again to find unique and interesting items to tempt our ball guests. Please contact Sean Smith with any thoughts, ideas or donations you may have to offer for the auction or if you are interested in volunteering.
The St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal
The St. Andrew’s Society of Montreal was established in 1835 principally to assist impoverished Scottish immigrants arriving in the city. While there is no longer an influx of such Scottish immigrants, the Society has continued to help individuals of Scottish birth and descent.
Where the money goes?
McGill Chair for Canadian-Scottish Studies
Two years ago, the Society with the McEuen Scholarship Foundation and McGill University, embarked on a campaign to endow a Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies at McGill. Again this year, the major portion of the funds raised at the Ball will go towards funding the Chair. So far, over $2.5M of the required $3M has been raised.
Our Welfare Program exists to help individuals who find themselves in emergency financial need. The level of assistance ranges from food vouchers, to more substantial assistance given to patients undergoing chemotherapy and experiencing a financial crisis. The Society also assists the Old Brewery Mission.
Our Education Committee awards bursaries to around 50 students yearly at the post graduate, undergraduate and collegial levels. McGill, Concordia, and Bishops Universities and The Presbyterian College also received funding.
Several Scottish cultural organizations regularly receive support, including: the Black Watch School of Piping and Drumming, the 78thFraser Highlanders, the Montreal Highland Games Society, the Montreal Highland Dancing Association, the Montreal Pipes and Drums, the Quebec Pipes and Drums Society (QPDS), the Atwater Library for its Scottish collection and the Osler Library at McGill University. Two scholarships are awarded: the Keith Radley Hutchison Award (piping) and a Highland Dancing Scholarship. Funding has also been provided to particular projects such as the preservation of a church and the production of the play The Angel’s Share.
Other projects include the renovation of the cemetery sites held by the Society and the digitization of our, archives making them accessible for consultation and research.