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Commemorating 9/11: Princes, Presidents and Hedge Funds Raise $12 Million

New York (HedgeCo.net) – Hedge fund brokerage company BGC Partners, Inc., together with capital markets investment bank Cantor Fitzgerald, have raised approximately $12 million globally at their Annual Charity Day on Monday, September 12, 2011.

Guests included former Presidents George W. Bush Bill Clinton in New York and Prince Harry in London.  Prince Harry closed a record-breaking trade for 18 billion euros ($24.5 billion) as part of a charity fundraising event.

“Charity Day is always a moving experience, and this year’s has been especially poignant as we have reached the ten year anniversary of 9/11,” said Howard W. Lutnick, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BGC Partners. “We are proud to honor our cherished friends and colleagues through aid and support to great causes.  It is through generosity and philanthropy that we turn this tragic day into one that is positive and uplifting.  I’d like to thank our clients, employees and everyone who joined us in honoring our 658 employees who perished on 9/11 by helping charities around the world.”

At BGC’s New York offices, other guests included: Former New York Governor David Paterson, actors Ben Stiller, Billy Crudup, Daniel Radcliff and Jon Voight, supermodels Petra Nemcova, Carol Alt and Karolina Kurkova, and sports icons Carmelo Anthony, Henrik Lundqvist, Ike Davis, John McEnroe, Eli Manning, Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan. The Office at Cantor Fitzgerald was joined by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, actors Mickey Rourke and Michael J. Fox, TV personality Kim Kardashian, supermodel Kate Upton, and sports personality Chris Bosh.

In London, celebrity guests at BGC’s offices included: The Mayor of London Boris Johnson, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice, TV and radio personality Sir Terry Wogan, model Eva Herzigova as well as renown chef Marcus Wareing and the legendary Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood. Other singing sensations included Duffy, Peter Andre, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and One Direction. Sports icons included Jamie and Harry Redknapp, Damon Hill, A. P. McCoy and Lawrence Dallaglio.

Every year, BGC and Cantor Fitzgerald donate 100% of their global revenues on the day to more than 75 charities around the world by hosting charities and celebrity ambassadors at their offices in commemoration of the 658 employees we lost in the World Trade Center attacks. The guests joined licensed brokers to conduct transactions with BGC and Cantor Fitzgerald clients.  Including today, Charity Day has raised approximately $77 million globally.

Alex Akesson
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