Cantor Fitzgerald, together with its affiliate BGC Partners, Inc., raised approximately $12m 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 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.