Approximately $12 million raised in one day
BGC Partners, Inc. , a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate markets, announced today that BGC, together with its affiliate Cantor Fitzgerald, raised approximately $12 million for charities around the world, at the companies’ 12th annual Charity Day on Monday, September 12, 2016 in New York. Each year, BGC and Cantor Fitzgerald donate 100% of the global revenues generated on Charity Day to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and dozens of charities around the world.
“Since first established 12 years ago, Charity Day has symbolized the importance our company places on making a difference in the world and paying tribute in a positive way to the loved ones we lost on this anniversary of a day that is forever in our memory,” said Howard W. Lutnick, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BGC Partners. “We are honored to be able to support a multitude of worthy charities and causes around the world, and I am deeply grateful for the generosity that our clients, partners and employees have continued to demonstrate for our philanthropic efforts on Charity Day and throughout the year.”
Charity Day has raised approximately $137 million globally since its inception. Held in commemoration of the 658 Cantor employees and 61 Eurobrokers employees lost in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, Charity Day, in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, has expanded its mission to assist charitable causes worldwide.
BGC President Shaun D. Lynn, said: “We are proud to be connected to such impactful charities around the world and inspired by our clients and employees’ continued dedication to Charity Day’s mission of helping others in need. It is because of these valued partners and our celebrity guests who come to BGC Partners trading floors and help raise funds on that day, that we can truly make a meaningful contribution and offer financial assistance to so many outstanding organizations globally.”
BGC Charity Day was held in BGC offices across the globe including: London, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, São Paulo, Singapore, Sydney, and other locations.
Distinguished guests representing participating charities joined licensed brokers on the trading floors to conduct transactions with clients. In London, BGC’s affiliated charities and guest ambassadors included: actors and musicians Tom Hardy, Lindsey Lohan; comedians John Bishop, Al Murray; sports stars Anthony Joshua, Andy Carroll, Mark Cavendish, David Haye, Chris Eubank Sr. and Chris Eubank Jr. Also attending were English socialite Pippa Middleton and model Jodie Kidd.
At BGC’s New York offices, affiliated charities and ambassador guests included: actors and musicians Robert De Niro, Steve Buscemi, Bridget Moynahan, Carla Gugino, Malin Ackerman, Edie Falco, Jackson, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Vinny Pastore, AnnaSophia Robb, Juliana Margulies, Rosie Perez, Uzo Aduba, Tony Danza, John Slattery, Jessie James Decker, Zachary Quinto, Theo Rossi, Vincent Piazza; media personalities Pamela Anderson, Boomer Esiason, Dr Ruth Westheimer, Gayle King, Bill Cowher, Mike Golic, Jenny McCarthy,Rosanna Scotto; sports stars Peyton & Eli Manning, Walt Frazier, Chris Snee, Dikembe Mutombo, Dwight “Doc” Gooden, Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Pugh, Maria Sharapova, Matt Harvey, Shaquille O’Neal, Shaun O’Hara, Steve Weatherford, Dellin Betances, Terrell “TO” Owens, Coach Tom Coughlin, Venus Williams, Victor Cruz, Willis Reed, Gerry Cooney, Joe Namath, Allan Houston, Eric Decker, Goose Gossage, Jeremy Lin, Woody Johnson, CC Sabathia, and Bobby Valentine. Also attending were models Constance Jablonski, Lily Aldridge, Damaris Lewis, Coco Rocha; beauty queens Nana Meriwether, Paulina Vega, Olivia Jordan, Pia Wurtzbach as well as former NASA astronaut Michael Massimino, Daniel Nigro, FDNY Commissioner, and Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York. – PRNewsiwre