NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the likes of President Bill Clinton, Cindy Crawford, Candice Swanepoel, Victor Cruz and many more helped to honor those lost on 9/11 by raising millions for 150 charities on the 18th annual Charity Day. Cantor Fitzgerald, a leading financial services firm, and its affiliates BGC Partners, Inc. and GFI Group, come together each year to host Charity Day on September 11th, working to rewrite the narrative around that tragic day.
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Every year since 2002, Charity Day has opened trading floors and invite esteemed guests representing participating charities to join licensed brokers on the trading floors to conduct transactions with clients. One hundred percent of global revenue from Charity Day is distributed to dozens of charities around the world, including the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. The organization, which has raised approximately $336 million globally since its inception, was created to commemorate the 658 Cantor employees and 61 Eurobrokers employees lost in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks.
“I am grateful for the continued support for Charity Day from distinguished guests from the worlds of sports, film, television, music, government and more,” said Howard W. Lutnick, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. and BGC Partners, Inc. “This event provides us a moment to remember those who lost their lives that day, instead transforming it into a day of hope, charity and unity.”
This year, dozens of celebrities gave their time and helped raise millions in a single day for various charities around the world. The work of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund in 2019 included $4 million for Puerto Rico to help families affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria to rebuild their homes and their lives.
“Charity Day has always been about making a difference in the lives of those in need,” said Edie Lutnick, President and Co-Founder of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. “It enables us to honor those lost on 9/11 and to continue to pay forward the kindness we received by supporting others who are doing good work in the world. Charity Day is the positive and enduring legacy for all of the men and women who we cared so deeply about.”
Esteemed guests representing participating charities joined licensed brokers on the trading floors to conduct transactions with clients: Cindy Crawford, Supermodel (Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund); President Bill Clinton (Clinton Foundation); Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister (Tony Blair Institute for Global Change); Victor Cruz, NFL (Victor Cruz Foundation); Tino Martinez, MLB (Italian American Baseball Foundation); Spencer Dinwiddle, NBA (Dinwiddle Family Foundation); Jim Leyritz, MLB (September 11th Education Trust); Ilana Glazer, Comedian (Happy Trails for Kids); Candice Swanepoel, Victoria’s Secret Model (Mothers2Mothers); Brian Cashman, MLB (Covenant House).
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, L.P., with over 12,000 employees, is a leading global financial services group at the forefront of financial and technological innovation has been proven a resilient leader for over 70 years. Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is a preeminent investment bank serving more than 5,000 institutional clients around the world, recognized for its strengths in fixed income and equity capital markets, investment banking, prime brokerage, and commercial real estate and for its global distribution platform. Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is one of the 24 primary dealers authorized to transact business with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. For more information, please visit: www.cantor.com.
About BGC Partners, Inc.
BGC Partners is a leading global brokerage and financial technology company. BGC’s offerings include fixed income securities, interest rate swaps, foreign exchange, equities, equity derivatives, credit derivatives, commodities, futures, and structured products. BGC provides a wide range of services, including trade execution, broker-dealer services, clearing, trade compression, post trade, information, and other services to a broad range of financial and non-financial institutions. Through brands including Fenics, BGC Trader, Capitalab, Lucera, and Fenics Market Data, BGC offers financial technology solutions, market data, and analytics related to numerous financial instruments and markets. BGC, BGC Trader, GFI, Fenics, Fenics Market Data, Capitalab, and Lucera are trademarks/service marks and/or registered trademarks/service marks of BGC Partners, Inc. and/or its affiliates.
BGC’s customers include many of the world’s largest banks, broker-dealers, investment banks, trading firms, hedge funds, governments, corporations, and investment firms. BGC’s Class A common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol “BGCP”. BGC Partners is led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard W. Lutnick. For more information, please visit http://www.bgcpartners.com. You can also follow BGC at https://twitter.com/bgcpartners, https://www.linkedin.com/company/bgc-partners and/or http://ir.bgcpartners.com/Investors/default.aspx.
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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 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 $159 million for charitable causes around the world, and since its inception the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund has raised and distributed over $336 million. For information about the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund please visit www.cantorrelief.org.
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