A buzz filled the room yesterday as BTIG traders raised money for several charities, including Autism Speaks. Celebrities greeted traders, their children, and invited guests. All of the profits from the day’s trades will be donated to the charities. Autism Speaks President Mark Roithmayr, Board member Alison Niederauer, her son Liam and husband Duncan, were there with our celebrity friends, Corey Louchiey and Howard Cross, veteran NFL players and loyal supporters of Autism Speaks.
On September 13, Autism Speaks participated for the first time in Cantor Fitzgerald’s Charity Day, established while the leading global financial services firm rebuilt following the World Trade Center attacks. Held annually on or near September 11, Charity Day memorializes the employees who lost their lives and honors their surviving families. Cantor Fitzgerald and its affiliate, BGC Partners, donate their global revenues for the day to selected charities. This year they raised approximately $13 million on Charity Day worldwide. “We are honored to participate in this important annual event,” said Autism Speaks’ President Mark Roithmayr, “and grateful that families with autism will benefit from the generosity shown here today.” Special thanks to Shawn Matthews, Chief Executive Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald, Inc., for making our participation possible, and thank you to Matt Gilroy of the New York Rangers for participating on our behalf and generating so much excitement on the trading floor. Matt has been involved with Autism Speaks since his Boston University days, when he attended our Greater Boston Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Stay tuned for Matt’s next gig with Autism Speaks!