- 100% of revenues donated to dozens of charities worldwide -
- Top celebrities visit the trading floor in support of Charity Day –
New York, NY – September 11, 2015 – Cantor Fitzgerald, a leading financial services firm, today announced that Cantor Fitzgerald, together with its affiliate BGC Partners, Inc., raised approximately $12 million for dozens of charities around the world, at the companies’ annual Charity Day on September 11, 2015. Each year, Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners donate 100% of the global revenues generated on Charity Day to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, and to date has raised approximately $125 million globally since its inception.
“We will never forget all of our friends and colleagues who perished on 9/11. Charity Day represents our company’s fundamental commitment to helping others, and allows us to commemorate the events of that day. Giving back is our way of remembering those who lost their lives on 9/11, turning a day of tragedy into a positive and uplifting day for our employees and friends,” said Howard W. Lutnick, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. and BGC Partners.
Charity Day is held in commemoration of the 658 Cantor employees and 61 Eurobrokers employees lost in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.
Shawn P. Matthews, Chief Executive Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., said, “We are proud to support so many worthy causes and communities in need, and are incredibly grateful to our employees, clients and celebrity ambassadors for their support, enthusiasm and generosity. Over the years, we have provided hundreds of charities with resources they need to positively impact the world, which is extremely gratifying for us as a firm.”
Distinguished guests representing participating charities joined licensed brokers on the trading floors to conduct transactions with clients. Celebrity guests included actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Margot Robbie, Kevin Kline, Ed Burns, Steve Buscemi, Whoopi Goldberg, Edie Falco, Joel Edgerton, Rumer Willis, Dule Hill, and Michael J. Fox. Musicians include Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Vanessa Williams. Leading athletes included New York Jets Eric Decker, New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist, New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez, Dellin Betances, Andrew Bailey, and Andrew Miller, and sports icons Walt Frazier, Mark Messier, Johnny Damon, Bill Cowher, Joe Torre, John Franco and Curtis Martin. Top models included Christy Turlington, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Petra Němcová, Padma Lakshmi, Damaris Lewis, and Olivia Jordan. News journalists Robin Roberts, Bill Ritter, Ginger Zee, Tom Keene, Scarlet Fu and Erica Hill, as well as former Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani, comedian Louis C.K., and sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, joined Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day, among many others.
To make a donation to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, please call (212) 829-4770 or visit www.cantorrelief.org.
About Cantor Fitzgerald
Cantor Fitzgerald, a leading global financial services group at the forefront of financial and technological innovation has been a proven and resilient leader for over 65 years. Cantor is a preeminent investment bank serving more than 7,000 institutional clients around the world, recognized for its strengths in fixed income and equity capital markets, investment banking, prime brokerage, and commercial real estate finance and for its global distribution platform. Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is one of 22 primary dealers authorized to trade U.S. government securities with The Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Cantor Fitzgerald’s 1,600 employees serve clients through over 35 locations, including major financial centers around the world in the Americas, Europe, Asia/Pacific, and the Middle East. For more information please visit www.cantor.com.
Note to Editors: Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P., led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard W. Lutnick, is the parent entity of Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., led by Chief Executive Officer Shawn P. Matthews.
About Charity Day and the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund
Every year, Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners, in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, commemorate our 658 Cantor and 61 Eurobrokers employees who perished on September 11, 2001 by distributing 100% of our global revenues on Charity Day to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and dozens of charities around the world. The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, initially created to assist families of Cantor employees who were lost on 9/11, has since broadened its mission to provide aid to victims of terrorism, natural disasters, emergencies, direct service charities and wounded members of the military.
Charity Day is our way of turning a tragic day into one that is positive and uplifting by helping others. We invite celebrity guests who represent participating charities into our offices to conduct trades with licensed brokers and their clients. To date, Charity Day has raised approximately $125 million for charitable causes around the world, and since its inception the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund has raised and distributed over $280 million. For information about the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund please visit www.cantorrelief.org.