The annual Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day took place on 9/1 in NYC to commemorate the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald employees and 61 Euro Brokers employees lost in the World Trade Center attacks 15 years ago on 9/11. Big names like Robert De Niro, Eli and Peyton Manning and Victor Cruz joined brokers to conduct transactions with Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI clients.
Started by the Fund’s President and Co-Founder Edie Lutnick and with the ongoing support of Cantor Fitzgerald CEO Howard Lutnick, Charity Day was created to honor the memories of those lost on September 11th and to help in-need communities around the world. The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund gives 100% of the global revenues raised on Charity Day to the Fund and dozens of international charities. This year Charity Day raised approximately $11 million with the support of celebrities including (in addition to the Manning brothers and De Niro) Donald Trump, Venus Williams, Victor Cruz, Michael J. Fox, Steve Buscemi, Zachary Quinto, Rosie Perez, Mary-Louise Parker, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Julianna Marguiles, Uzo Aduba and Kyle MacLachlan. Since its inception, Charity Day has raised approximately $125 million globally. In 2015 $12 million was raised for the Fund.
Also taking part were Jeremy Lin, Jim Leyritz, Dwight “Doc” Gooden, CC Sabathia, Dikembe Mutombo, Joe Girardi, Walt Frazier, Dellin Betances, Julius “Didi” Gregorious, Joe Namath, Victor Cruz, Brandon Marshall and Darryl Strawberry. There was a strong model contingent, too with Lily Aldridge, Gracie Carvalho, Chase Carter, Daniela Lopez and J Skriver working the phones. Other personalities included Princess Beatrice of York, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Scarlet Fu, Tom Keene, Louis C.K., Gayle King, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Mike Golic and Mark Simone.
A wide range of charities participated in the event among them 52nd Street Project, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Children in Crisis, Hole in the Wall Gang Fund, Mission Be, New York Police & Fire Widows’ & Childrens’ Benefit Fund, Pamela Anderson Foundation, Police Athletic League, Self Help Africa, Shaun O’Hara Foundation, Urban Dove and Youth Consultation Services