Every year since 2001, the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and their affiliate BGC Partners honors the 658 employees and 61 Eurobrokers who tragically lost their lives in the September 11 attacks. Known throughout New York City as Charity Day, yesterday’s event garnered numerous celebrity supporters who banded together to raise money for this philanthropic cause.
The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund was started by Edie Lutnick and her brother Howard Lutnick, who both lost their brother during the attacks. To date, the foundation has raised and donated $125 million to various philanthropic organizations. Last year’s event alone raised $12 million, and yesterday’s event is expected to raise a large sum as well.
Unlike foundations who only donate a portion of the proceeds, the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund donates 100 percent of their profits raised during Charity Day. According to their website, the donated funds “can help children by investing in medical research as well as taking care of those with special needs, provide support for injured veterans, and assist medical and social organizations around the world and assist many other humanitarian causes.”
One such charity that has benefited from the generosity of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and Charity Day over the past six years is the September 11th Education Trust, which evolved from its genesis as the WTC United Family Group founded in October, 2001. The September 11th Education Trust produces comprehensive, flexible, and engaging 9/11 and civic literacy education programs that protect the legacy and memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks, preserve and harness the lessons of 9/11 and its aftermath, unify and direct our nation’s youth toward informed and effective civic participation. The generous donations from Charity Day last year for example enabled the organization to launch the ’15 for 15’ grant opportunity to provide the education program and teacher training at no cost to qualifying schools. Rather than award the program and training to 15 schools as originally planned, 50 grantee applications submitted by teachers from around the country were approved. Feedback from teachers and their students will then be collected and shared on their website.
Board Member Mike Dempsey states, “Edie Lutnick and the Cantor Relief Fund have consistently been able to turn a tragic day on 9/11 into one that is positive and uplifting by helping others. It is an inspiring day to feel the positive energy on the trading floor supported by the wonderful celebrities who serve to support and champion our charitable organizations and programs.”
Celebrity supporters who joined Edie Lutnick on the Cantor Fitzgerald floor included the Manning brothers (Eli and Peyton), Dan Rather, Goose Gossage, Terrell Owens, Brandon Marshall, Steve Buscemi, Tony Danza, Gayle King, Victor Cruz, Joe Girardi, Dwight Gooden, Julianna Margulies, Darryl Strawberry, Didi Gregorius, Walt ‘Clyde’ Frazier, Mary Louise Parker, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Joe Namath, Kyle MacLachlan, Rosie Perez, Darryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels, Gracie Carvalho, Jim Leyritz, Dellin Betances, Mike Golic and more.
To learn more about the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, Charity Day and how to join their efforts, please visit their website at www.cantorrelief.org.
View photos from Charity Day 2016 below!