NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., a leading global financial services firm, announced today that, together with its affiliate BGC Partners Inc., approximately $12 million was raised for charities globally at the companies' annual Charity Day on Tuesday, September 11, 2012. Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC donate 100% of their global revenues on their annual Charity Day to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and more than 100 charities around the world.
(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110721/MM39818LOGO )
Originally established in commemoration of the 658 Cantor employees lost in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, Charity Day has expanded to assist charitable causes worldwide. Since its inception, Charity Day has raised approximately $89 million globally. The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, created to assist family members of Cantor employees who perished on 9/11, has broadened its mission to provide aid to victims of terrorism, natural disaster and emergencies, and has raised and distributed over $250 million.
"Charity Day is an integral part of who we are and a day on which we commemorate and honor our friends and colleagues who were lost on 9/11," said Howard W. Lutnick, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. "It is through the participation of our clients, employees, charities and guests that we are able to make this day into one that has a positive impact on those in need. I would like to thank everyone who continues to join us in memorializing the people we lost on that day by assisting charities around the world."
Shawn P. Matthews, Chief Executive Office of Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., said, "We are extremely grateful to our clients and employees who helped us raise money for such worthy causes, and for the generous participation of our celebrity guests who graciously donate their time on this day. The impact that Charity Day has globally is remarkable, and we are proud to support so many deserving causes."
Celebrities representing several of the participating charities joined Cantor Fitzgerald's New York trading floors including sports superstars Mariano Rivera from the New York Yankees, Henrik Lundqvist from the New York Rangers, Victor Cruz, Chris Canty and former teammate Tiki Barber from the New York Giants, Olympic gold medallists Ryan Lochte and Conor Dwyer, tennis great Venus Williams, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, therapist Dr. Ruth, NBC Today Show anchor Natalie Morales, sportscaster Erin Andrews, actors Steve Buscemi, Edward Norton, Chris Noth and Michael J. Fox, former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, professional surfer Bethany Hamilton, models Kate Upton, Petra Nemcova and many others. For information about charities that participated in Charity Day, please visit: http://www.cantor.com/CD/charity_day_2012.
In addition to the revenues donated on Charity Day, Edie Lutnick, Executive Director of The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, donates all proceeds from her book, An Unbroken Bond: The Untold Story of How the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald Families Faced the Tragedy of 9/11 and Beyond, to charities. For information on An Unbroken Bond, please visit: http://www.anunbrokenbond.com/.
About Cantor Fitzgerald
Cantor Fitzgerald, a leading global financial services firm at the forefront of financial and technological innovation, has been a proven and resilient leader for over 65 years. Cantor is a preeminent capital markets investment bank serving more than 5,000 institutional clients around the world, recognized for its strengths in institutional equity and fixed income sales and trading and for its expanding presence serving the middle market with investment and banking services, prime brokerage, and commercial real estate financing. Cantor Fitzgerald also is a leader in new businesses including advisory and asset management services, gaming technology, e-commerce and other ventures. Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. is one of 21 primary dealers authorized to trade U.S. government securities with The Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Cantor Fitzgerald's 1,600 employees serve clients through over 30 locations, including major financial centers around the world in the Americas, Europe, Asia/Pacific, and the Middle East. For more information please visit www.cantor.com.
Note to Editors: Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. is the parent entity of Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.
About the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund
Founded in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Relief Fund has raised and distributed $180 million to over 800 families and 932 children of the victims of that tragedy. The Relief Fund's expanded scope has included such natural disasters as the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami of 2004, the earthquake in Haiti and the recent events in Japan as well as the wounded members of our military. In addition, the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund supports a wide variety of other charitable organizations providing assistance to those in need.
Cantor Fitzgerald Chairman and CEO Howard Lutnick and the partners of Cantor Fitzgerald underwrite all the expenses of the fund so that 100 percent of every dollar raised goes directly to those in need. The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, administered by its Co-Founder and Executive Director, Edie Lutnick has raised and distributed over $250 million. For more information, please visit: http://www.cantorrelief.org/
SOURCE Cantor Fitzgerald & Co.