NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- For the 18th consecutive year, dozens of stars from sports, music, and film along with other esteemed guests came together virtually with renewed urgency and resilience for annual Charity Day. Hosted by BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: BGCP) ("BGC Partners" or "BGC"), a leading global brokerage and financial technology company, and its affiliate Cantor Fitzgerald, the one-day event went 100% virtual as it raised funds in honor of those we lost on 9/11.
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With a powerhouse BGC ensemble of guests including Matthew McConaughey, Alec Baldwin, Kristen Bell, Patrick Dempsey, and Kevin Durant, the event raised $10 million for hundreds charities around the world.
"Globally, people are seeking unity and inspiration now, maybe more than ever, and that is exactly what Charity Day represents each year," said Howard Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of BGC Partners, Inc. and Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. "We are humbled and grateful to continue to be able to fundraise and partner with distinguished guests to put on an event - no matter what that looks like - to assist those most in need."
The organization, which has raised approximately $180 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. And despite the global pandemic – in fact, even more motivated because of it – the founders and those who support Charity Day knew that this year their commitment was even more essential.
"I continue to be inspired by the outpouring of support for Charity Day," said Edie Lutnick, President and Co-Founder of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. "This year, those in need - and the charities that support them - have been dramatically affected by COVID-19. But, as we know, it is often in trying times, that our best selves emerge. We find a mission larger than ourselves and can make spectacular things happen. Based on the success of this year's Charity Day, we truly saw that resilience in action."
The following esteemed guests representing participating charities joined clients and celebrities in a virtual meet and greet session to raise funds for charitable organizations:
Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Durant, Patrick Dempsey, Alec Baldwin, Ed Norton, Kristen Bell, Spencer Dinwiddie, CJ Mosley, Victor Cruz, John Stamos, Goldie Hawn, Tony Gonzalez, Patrick Reed, David Costabile, Billy Crudup, Edie Falco, John Slattery, Matthew Rhys, Steve Buscemi, Allan Houston, Mark Messier, Jim Leyritz, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, Kathryn Winnick, Jeff Ross, Mark Teixeria, Gerry Cooney, Petra Nemcova, Tony Blair, Henrik Lundqvist, Nick Swisher, and Steve Nash, Brian Cashman, Rosie Perez, and Virginia Williams.
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 and financial technology company. BGC specializes in the brokerage of a broad range of products, including fixed income (rates and credit), foreign exchange, equities, energy and commodities, shipping, insurance, and futures. BGC also provides a wide variety of services, including trade execution, brokerage, clearing, trade compression, post-trade, information, and other back-office 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 of the Board 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-partnersand/or http://ir.bgcpartners.com/Investors/default.aspx.
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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 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 $180 million for charitable causes around the world, and since its inception the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund has raised and distributed over $357 million. For information about the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund please visit www.cantorrelief.org.
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