SOURCE: BMO Private Bank

February 21, 2013 12:11 ET

BMO Employees Take Dating to a Whole New Level

LEAWOOD, KS--(Marketwire - Feb 21, 2013) - BMO Financial Group employees Kim Bridges and Braxton Bowman are putting themselves on the auction block just to get a date. Don't worry -- it's all in the name of fun and for a good cause. They are just two of 24 local singles who have put together date night packages that will go to the highest bidders as part of the February 22nd Date Night Auction, sponsored by SocialHeart. All the proceeds from the event will be given to The Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City to help fund their programs, projects and activities that focus on financial self-sufficiency for women and girls.

"We're always looking for creative ways to support our customers and communities, so when the Women's Foundation approached us for help, we immediately said yes," commented Bridges, a K-State graduate, who also holds a Doctorate in Personal Financial Planning. "While I've never done anything like this before, I am passionate about causes that support women, so I hope the event is a tremendous success and more needed programs can be funded."

She describes her date package as "refined." While she wouldn't give away all the details, it is best suited for someone who enjoys fine food and the arts.

Bowman, who is a vice president in BMO's Global Asset Management division and self-described athletically inclined bachelor, has put together a package designed to appeal to someone who enjoys sports. It includes tickets to Sporting KC, rounds of golf and various restaurant gift certificates.

"I was flattered to be asked to participate. It's a great cause and I'm happy to support it. My enthusiasm for sports made putting together my date night package a slam dunk," said Bowman.

The fun begins Friday night at 6 PM at the Alamo Drafthouse in downtown Kansas City. A $15 donation gets you in the door, and the bidding begins at 9 PM.

"I've gotten great support from my co-workers," added Bridges. "I just want the winning bid on my package to be higher than my colleague's -- in the spirit of healthy competition, of course."

For more information about the event, visit

For additional information about The Women's Foundation of Greater Kansas City, visit

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BMO Private Bank offers a comprehensive range of wealth management services that include investment advisory, trust, banking and financial planning to meet the financial needs of high net worth clients. Through integrated teams of experienced financial professionals, BMO Private Bank helps its clients realize their financial and lifestyle goals with solutions that are custom tailored and delivered with the highest level of personalized service.

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BMO Global Asset Management is a global investment manager with more than $110 billion in assets under management as of October 31, 2012, including discretionary and non-discretionary assets under management.

Our two multi-disciplined teams are based in Toronto and Chicago, and our network of world-class boutique managers is strategically located across the globe. They include Monegy, Inc., Pyrford International Ltd., Lloyd George Management and Taplin, Canida & Habacht, LLC. BMO Global Asset Management delivers service excellence from offices throughout North America, and in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, London and Mumbai. Our approach has led us to be recognized by Pension & Investments as one of the world's largest 100 asset managers based on combined assets under management as of Dec. 31, 2011.

We are a part of BMO Financial Group (NYSE: BMO), a fully diversified financial services organization with $525 billion total assets and more than 47,000 employees as of October 31, 2012.

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