Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, is inaugurating a fundraising dinner in Toronto aimed at major donors that he hopes will support such special projects as an Anglican youth network, his Internet broadcasts and a conference on urban ministry.
Scheduled for Oct. 25, the $250-per-plate dinner is also intended to support the primate's discretionary fund, a cash reserve that the church's national leader can Use as he sees fit.
"In various dioceses, bishops do this all the time," Archbishop Hutchison said in an interview. For example, the diocese of Toronto raises about $100,000 each year at its Bishop's Company dinner to support Bishop Colin Johnson's discretionary fund, according to Peter Misiaszek, director of-stewardship for the diocese. The fund supports emergency needs of clergy and their families and special projects.
Called Breaking Bread With +Andrew: Dinner and Conversation With The Primate, the October event has a maximum of 50 tables for sale at $2,500 each and as of the beginning of September, 33 had been sold for a gross amount of $82,500 before expenses. In addition, The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Bank of Montreal have each purchased $5,000 corporate sponsorships, according to dinner chair Tony van Straubenzee, who is a son-in-law of the late primate Archbishop Howard Clark and former managing director of an executive search firm. However, the $10,000 level of corporate sponsorship was not yet subscribed.
The first $10,000 raised by the dinner will support Archbishop Hutchison's information broadcasts over the Internet. Since he took office in June 2004, his desire to reach out directly to Anglicans nationwide led him to initiate "Web casts" on various current church issues.
"We've done 10 or 12 of them and the Anglican Foundation came up with $10,000 to seed the first ones. I've got this passion for communications but no money for it," he said. Another beneficiary of the dinner, a proposed Anglican youth network, is currently an email list, but the national office's Web manager, Brian Bukowski, is developing, the Web technology for an expanded network, Archbishop Hutchison said. "We don't have the financial resources for that, either," he said. Financing for a conference on city ministry is also being contemplated.
According to the 2005 budget, the primate's discretionary fund is $5,500 and the entertainment account is $2,000. …