NEW YORK and LONDON, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Dozens of actors, musicians, sports personalities and other distinguished guests donated their time on September 11th to honor the memories of those who lost their lives on 9/11 by raising more than $12 million for charities around the world. This special event, called Charity Day, is hosted each year by BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: BGCP) ("BGC Partners" or "BGC"), a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate markets, and its affiliates Cantor Fitzgerald and GFI Group. Celebrities who attended the event included Matthew McConaughey, Common, and Liev Schreiber in New York, and Nicole Scherzinger, Tom Hardy and Jimmy Carr in London.
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In addition to the millions of dollars raised for many worthy causes, BGC Partners, Cantor Fitzgerald and GFI Group announced they are raising $5 million for the families severely impacted by Hurricanes Maria and Jose in Puerto Rico. These funds will be raised over the next several months and prepaid $1000 American Express® cash cards will be distributed to 5,000 families in January 2019.
"Charity Day is a time for honoring our cherished colleagues and loved ones who lost their lives on this day by helping others in need locally and globally," said Edie Lutnick, President and Co-Founder of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. "We are truly grateful to the dozens of celebrities and esteemed guests who attend each year, working alongside our dedicated employees to raise money for charities around the world and make a difference in the lives of those in need. We are proud to announce that Charity Day 2018 was our most successful event to date, raising over $12 million in one day."
BGC, Cantor Fitzgerald and GFI Group donate 100 percent of the global revenues generated on Charity Day, which has raised approximately $159 million globally since its inception in 2005. 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.
"Our clients and employees, together with our special celebrity guests, have helped us turn this incredibly sad day into an uplifting one by helping so many outstanding organizations," remarked Shaun D. Lynn, President, BGC Partners. "Being able to raise millions of dollars in a single day, and knowing the impact it will have on so many lives, is a truly meaningful way to remember those who lost their lives and hold them forever in our hearts."
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 charity ambassadors included actors and musicians Nicole Scherzinger, Tom Hardy, Martin Clunes, Debra Stephenson, and Olly Murs. Also in attendance were the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, Countess of Wessex, Sophie Wessex; sports stars John Terry, Ryan Giggs, Harry Redknapp, Frank Bruno & Steve Davis and comedian Jimmy Carr.
At BGC's New York office, celebrity guests included actors, musicians, athletes and other public figures: Matthew McConaughey, Bobby Cannavale, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (Miss Universe), Sarah Rose Summers (Miss USA), Spencer Dinwiddie, Justin Tuck, Gerry Cooney, Dwight Gooden, Liev Schreiber, Dascha Polanco, Marty St. Louis, Erik Coleman, Marty Lyons, Victor Cruz, Amani Toomer, Gracie Carvalho, Gene Simmons, Chris Cuomo, Neve Campbell, Josh Lucas, Harry Carson, Wendy Williams, Lucy Hale, Common, Ted Allen, Lorraine Bracco, Edgardo Alfonso, Walt Frazier, Calvin Johnson, Billy Crudup, Willie Colon, Chris Johnson, Jim Leyritz, Henrik Lundqvist, Nick Mangold, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, Dr. Ruth Westheimer.
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's Financial Services offerings include fixed income securities, interest rate swaps, foreign exchange, equities, equity derivatives, credit derivatives, commodities, futures, and structured products. BGC's Financial Services customers include many of the world's largest banks, broker-dealers, investment banks, trading firms, hedge funds, governments, corporations, and investment firms. 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 common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol (NASDAQ: BGCP). BGC offers Real Estate Services through its publicly traded subsidiary Newmark Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NMRK). 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.
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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 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 $159 million for charitable causes around the world, and since its inception, the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund has raised and distributed over $332 million. For information about the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, please visit www.cantorrelief.org.
For information about charities around the world that participate in BGC's Charity Day, please visit: http://www.bgccharityday.com/
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