Honoring Those Lost 20 Years Ago on 9/11 through Virtual Day of Hope and Charity with Support from Sean Penn, Matthew McConaughey, Pete Davidson, Julian Edelman, Andrea Bocelli, Gloria Estefan, and Other Celebrities
/PRNewswire/ –Yesterday Cantor Fitzgerald, its affiliate BGC Partners and top celebrities, raised $12 million for charities addressing the most pressing issues around the world and honoring the legacy of those lost 20 years ago on 9/11, through Charity Day 2021. Celebrity ambassadors including Sean Penn, Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves McConaughey, Pete Davidson, Alec Baldwin, Julian Edelman, Andrea Bocelli, Gloria Estefan, Eli Manning, Henrik Lundqvist, Tony Blair, and others participated in this year’s event benefitting the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund.
“This year’s Charity Day is especially meaningful for us,” said Howard W. Lutnick, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. and BGC Partners, Inc. “The lesson we learned from 9/11 – 20 years later and hopefully 20 years in the future – is this: Never forget. Give back.”
On Charity Day, which has raised nearly $200 million to date, celebrities and licensed brokers team up on trading floors to conduct transactions. One hundred percent of the firm’s global revenues that day are distributed charities, including the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. It’s also a chance for the Lutnick family and the Cantor Fitzgerald community to pay forward the support that was shown to New York following 9/11.
While Charity Day originated as an in-person event in 2002, it was held virtually for the second year in a row to uphold COVID-19 safety measures. The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund supports more than 150 charities, including many providing relief to those hard hit by the virus due to COVID-19’s continued impact on the global community.
Edie Lutnick, President and Co-Founder of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund said, “While we try to navigate changes from the ongoing health pandemic, we are fueled by a desire to spread hope and unity more broadly. We are honored to help charities that are doing great work to ensure families are set up for success.”
The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund was founded 20 years ago to honor the life and legacy of the 658 Cantor employees and 61 Eurobrokers lost in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Since then, the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund has raised and distributed more than $350 million globally. The founders pledged on day one that help would always be there, not just to assist those affected by 9/11, but to provide hope and support around the globe.
To make a donation to The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, please 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, Inc. (“BGC”) 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, Lucera, Corant Global, Corant, and Piiq are trademarks/service marks and/or registered trademarks/service marks of BGC and/or its affiliates.
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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 $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.