The Hungarian Helicon Society is a membership-based organization led by volunteers. It was created by Hungarian Canadians to promote Hungarian culture, history and heritage in the Greater Toronto Area. The Hungarian Helicon Society was founded in 1951 in Toronto, Ontario by Hungarians who emigrated to Canada after World War II. Their goals were twofold. They wished to maintain their Hungarian heritage in their new home, Canada, and to introduce Canadians to their Hungarian culture and history. They also wanted to ensure that their children would know their roots, their mother tongue, and the culture and history of their parents’ homeland. To achieve these goals, the Hungarian Helicon Society promotes Hungarian education in the Greater Toronto Area, and organizes many cultural and social events, such as lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and the annual gala ball.