– 100% of revenues donated to dozens of charities worldwide –
– Top celebrities visit the trading floor in support of Charity Day –
New York, London (September 11, 2014) – Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., a leading global financial services firm, announced today that, together with its affiliate BGC Partners, Inc., approximately $12 million was raised for charities around the world, at the companies’ annual Charity Day on Thursday, September 11, 2014. Each year, Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC donate 100% of their global revenues on Charity Day to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and dozens of charities around the world.
“Every year on Charity Day we support many worthwhile charities around the world, turning a tragic anniversary into a positive and uplifting day,” said Howard W. Lutnick, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. and BGC Partners. “I’d like to thank everyone who supports our Charity Day including our clients, partners and employees, for their continued generosity for which we are immensely grateful.”
Founded to commemorate the 658 Cantor and 61 Eurobroker employees lost in the 9/11 World Trade Canter attacks, Charity Day, in conjunction with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, has since expanded to assist charitable causes worldwide, providing aid to victims of terrorism, natural disaster and emergencies. Since its inception Charity Day has raised approximately $113 million globally.
Shawn P. Matthews, Chief Executive Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., said, “We are very grateful to our clients for their ongoing support of Charity Day. I’d like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of our celebrity guests who graciously donated their time today, and to our clients and employees who helped to make Charity Day such an overwhelming success.”
At the Cantor Fitzgerald New York office, celebrity guests included actors, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Stiller, Michelle Williams, Ed Burns, Steve Buscemi, Michael J. Fox, Idina Menzel, Gina Gershon, Chazz Palminteri, AnnaSophia Robb, John Slattery, Patrick Wilson, Annalynne McCord and Zosia Mamet, to name just a few. Leading athletes who joined us included New York Nets point guard Deron Williams, New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist and Martin St. Louis, New York Yankees CC Sabathia and Carlos Beltran, New York Mets Matt Harvey, and New York sports icons Mark Messier, Mariano Rivera, Willie Randolph, Carlos Beltran, Dwight “Doc” Gooden, Olympic gold medallist winners Bode Miller and Mikaela Shiffrin and professional surfer Bethany Hamilton. Top models included Christy Turlington, Karolina Kurkova, Cameron Russell, Constance Jablonski, and Jessica Stam, as well as musicians Jon Bon Jovi and Swizz Beatz. In addition, TV personalities Dr. Oz and Padma Lakshmi, and news journalists Tom Keene and Richard Lui, as well as Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio, joined Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day, among many others.
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.
At Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners, 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 $113 million for charitable causes around the world, and since its inception the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund has raised and distributed over $270 million.
The company and the Relief Fund’s mission to fulfil an important legacy and give meaning to the lives of the victims of 9/11 is captured in the book, An Unbroken Bond: The Untold Story of How the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald Families Faced the Tragedy of 9/11 and Beyond, written by Edie Lutnick, Co-Founder and President of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this book go directly to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. The book is available for purchase on www.cantorrelief.org/store, www.anunbrokenbond.com, and Amazon.
The story of Cantor Fitzgerald, both before and in the aftermath of 9/11, is told in filmmaker Danielle Gardner’s documentary “Out of the Clear Blue Sky.” Ms. Gardner lost her brother Douglas on 9/11. The documentary tells the behind-the-scenes story of Cantor Fitzgerald and its surviving employees, from an insider’s perspective. The film is now available for purchase and can be downloaded from Amazon, iTunes, and elsewhere. For more information on “Out of the Clear Blue Sky”, please visit http://www.outoftheclearblueskymovie.com/.
For information about the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund please visit www.cantorrelief.org.