Charity trading day is something positive from the 9/11 tragedy, says BGC boss

The BGC CEO said trading celebrities in memory of those killed in 9/11 was a “positive idea” born out of a “really sad day”.

A host of celebrities including Damian Lewis, Holly Willoughby and Davina McCall returned to the annual event at brokerage BGC Partners on Thursday to raise money in memory of 658 BGC employees and 61 Eurobrokers employees. died in the attacks in 2001.

Chief executive Sean Windeatt recalls working in the London office on the day of the tragedy.

“For me personally, I was working at the company in its London office at the time and was on the phone with one of my colleagues, it was a real day,” he told the PA news agency. sadness.

“You start the day, you have your dark thoughts and you go back to the memories of that particular day and for me personally I remember being on the phone and the phone was dying, you never forget that.”

The brokerage boss went on to describe how tragic events led to the founding of Charity Day, which celebrates its 18th anniversary on Thursday.

“It stems from the tragic events of September 11th when we unfortunately lost all of our colleagues present in the building that day, a tragedy,” he said.

“The first thing we had to do after 9/11 was take care of the families of those we lost and once we did, we thought it was a great idea to make something happen. It was too tragic to be something positive so we came up with the idea of ​​Charity Day and here we are the 18th Charity Day for BGC.

“We’ve raised over $192 million and hopefully we’ll raise over $200 million today and all to support as many charities as we can.

“It’s part of the company’s DNA. For us, it’s about giving something back after something that has been so traumatic for us. “

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Edie Lutnick, who co-founded the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund after 9/11, created Charity Day.

She told the PA news agency: “I am very proud. We raised a huge amount of money here and we have men and women on the floor who are very engaged and they love it and they look forward to it and they are glad we still have it. able to do it even though it has been postponed (due to the Queen’s funeral.)”

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