Sept. 11, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: BGCP), a leading global brokerage company servicing the wholesale financial and real estate markets, announced today that, together with its affiliate Cantor Fitzgerald, approximately
was raised for charities globally at the companies' annual
on Wednesday, September 11,
2013. Each year, BGC and Cantor Fitzgerald donate 100% of their global revenues on
to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and charities around the world.
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Begun in commemoration of the 658 Cantor employees lost in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks,
has expanded to assist charitable causes worldwide, in concert with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. Since its inception,
has raised approximately
represents our Company's fundamental commitment to helping others and helps turn the tragic anniversary of
into a positive and uplifting day," said
Howard W. Lutnick
, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BGC Partners. "We feel privileged to assist so many charities around the world, in addition to supporting victims of Hurricane Sandy and the
tornado. I'd like to thank everyone who supports
for their enthusiasm and generosity of spirit."
, said: "We are extremely grateful to our clients and employees for their consistent support of
today and throughout the years across the firm. I'd like to extend my heartfelt thanks to our many celebrity guests who graciously donated their time today in several of our offices."
Distinguished guests representing many participating charities joined licensed brokers on the trading floors to conduct transactions with clients in BGC Partners' offices in
as well as
, and other locations, and at Cantor's
, BGC's celebrity guests included: HRH
, television personalities
, manager of Tottenham Hotspur football club
, rock musician
, singers and songwriters
and Melanie C, former Formula One racing driver Sir
, and model
, among many others.
This morning, HRH
broke the world record for the largest foreign currency trade when they closed a foreign exchange deal worth
euro 25 billion
started in spectacular style when
, multiple world champion motorcycle trials rider, rode his motorcycle through the ground floor lobby where BGC is located at One Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, and then through the trading floors, jumping turnstiles and desks on his way. Footage of the sequence is available
offices, guests included musicians Curtis "
" Jackson and Sean "Diddy" Combs, actors
who is co-host of The View, Boomer Esiason and
of WFAN 660 AM Radio who broadcast live from BGC, New York Knicks starters Carmelo Anthony,
Metta World Peace
and other Knicks players, coach
from the Brooklyn Nets, New York Rangers alumni
from the New York Yankees, Washington Nationals manager
, baseball greats
, 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte, 'America's Got Talent' host
, and many others.
BGC Partners would like to extend its gratitude to Cadillac, its official
2013 Automotive Partner.
For information about charities around the world that participate in BGC's
, please visit:
The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund was created to assist family members of Cantor employees who perished on 9/11. It has broadened its mission to provide aid to victims of terrorism, natural disaster and emergencies, and over time has raised and distributed over
. For more information please visit:
About BGC Partners, Inc.
BGC Partners is a leading global brokerage company primarily servicing the wholesale financial and real estate markets. Products include fixed income securities, interest rate swaps, foreign exchange, equities, equity derivatives, credit derivatives, commercial real estate, commodities, futures, and structured products. BGC also provides a wide range of services, including trade execution, broker-dealer services, clearing, processing, information, and other back-office services to a broad range of financial and non-financial institutions. Through its BGC Trader and BGC Market Data brands, BGC offers financial technology solutions, market data, and analytics related to select financial instruments and markets. Through the Newmark Grubb Knight Frank brand, the Company offers a wide range of commercial real estate services, including leasing and corporate advisory, investment sales and financial services, consulting, project and development management, and property and facilities management. BGC's customers include many of the world's largest banks, broker-dealers, investment banks, trading firms, hedge funds, governments, corporations, property owners, real estate developers, and investment firms. For more information, please visit
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