— Approximately $12 million raised in one day —
– 100% of revenues donated to dozens of charities worldwide –
PR Newswire – New York, London (September 14, 2016)
BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: BGCP) (“BGC Partners” or “BGC”), 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. 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.
To make a donation to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, please call (212) 829-4770 or visit www.cantorrelief.org.
About BGC Partners, Inc.:
BGC Partners is a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate markets. BGC owns GFI Group Inc., a leading intermediary and provider of trading technologies and support services to the global OTC and listed markets. The Company’s Financial Services 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, and BGC Market Data, BGC offers financial technology solutions, market data, and analytics related to numerous financial instruments and markets. Real Estate Services are offered through brands including Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Newmark Cornish & Carey, ARA, Computerized Facility Integration, Landauer Valuation & Advisory, and Excess Space. Under these names, the Company provides a wide range of commercial real estate services, including leasing and corporate advisory, investment sales and financial services, consulting, project and development management, and property and facilities management.
BGC’s customers include many of the world’s largest banks, broker-dealers, investment banks, trading firms, hedge funds, governments, corporations, property owners, real estate investment firms. BGC’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol (NASDAQ: BGCP). BGC also has an outstanding bond issuance of Senior Notes due June 15, 2042, which trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol (NYSE: BGCA). BGC Partners is led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard W. Lutnick. For more information, please visit http://www.bgcpartners.com.
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About Charity Day and the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund:
Every year, BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald, 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. Edie Lutnick is the President and Co-Founder of The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund.
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 $137 million for charitable causes around the world, and since its inception, the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund has raised and distributed over $300 million. For information about the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, please visitwww.cantorrelief.org.
For information about charities around the world that participate in BGC’s Charity Day, please visit: http://www.bgccharityday.com/
BGC Partners Contacts:
Jason McGruder: 212-829-4988
Jason Chryssicas: 212-915-1987