SOS Children’s Villages

The main beneficiary is SOS Children’s Villages, founded in 1949 by a young Austrian doctor to help children who had lost their families and homes during the war. The Villages consist of groups of family homes that give children who would otherwise have no one, a family, a stable home and a good education. Over 470 SOS Children’s Villages operate in 132 countries around the world, raising 65,000 children and assisting hundreds of thousands more through their schools, medical clinics and community outreach programs. To learn more, please visit


McGill’s Schulich School of Music

There are numerous synergies between the Austrian Society and Music McGill. Proceeds from our Ball have for many years funded bursaries for students at McGill’s Schulich School of Music, sponsoring a summer of music studies for them in Austria. A notable modern addition to the school is the Elizabeth Wirth Music Building, a state-of-the-art building opened in 2006 housing a recital hall, rehearsal spaces including an exceptional opera studio with sprung floor, a world class sound studio, audio research labs and a comprehensive music library for what has become the largest and most important music school in Canada, and the only one producing 3 full operas during every school year.

German Language Schools

Every year, the Association of German Language Schools Quebec offers children and adults alike the possibility to learn the German language and appreciate German culture.
The four schools of this Association, three in the Montreal area and the fourth in Quebec City, have been closely involved with their surrounding communities. « The Viennese Ball of Montreal » is proud to offer its continued support to these schools.


Several of the debutantes and escorts are young leaders for Leave Out ViolencE (LOVE), the leading youth violence prevention organization in Canada. LOVE helps youth who have lived with violence end violence in their lives, and then become community leaders of violence prevention. Since LOVE began in 1993 in Montreal, these young leaders have reached hundreds of thousands of children, youth and adults to reduce violence in schools, neighbourhoods and homes.

Alexander von Humboldt German International School Montreal

Alexander von Humboldt German International School Montreal in Baie d’Urfé near the western tip of the island of Montreal was founded in 1980 as a trilingual (German, English, French) independent school. It belongs to a worldwide network of over 140 German schools abroad offering an enriched program from preschool up to Grade 12.
At AvH, students can obtain the following diplomas:
– “Realschule” certificate at the end of Grade 10 (only applicable in Germany)
– High school leaving certificate at the end of Grade 11
– German International baccalaureate (“DIAP”) at the end of Grade 12
Proceeds from the Viennese Ball of Montreal support the school’s mandate to offer an excellent education and to build solid bridges between different cultures

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