NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Boomer Esiason Foundation (BEF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering the cystic fibrosis (CF) community through fundraising for research, programs, scholarships, transplant grants and educational resources, today announced its participation in the 2016 Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day. BEF and Cantor Fitzgerald have a long-standing history, dating back to 1995 when the foundation moved into Cantor Fitzgerald offices in the North Tower of the World Trade Center. The foundation has participated in numerous consecutive Charity Days, which were started to honor the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald friends and colleagues and 61 Eurobrokers employees lost in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. Among those lost was Tim O’Brien, Boomer Esiason’s close friend and an original member of BEF’s Board of Directors.
Every year around the anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners honor those who perished by distributing 100% of global revenues on Charity Day to The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund (”Cantor Relief”). It is the mission of Cantor Relief to provide aid to victims of terrorism, natural disasters and other emergencies, as well as to a wide variety of other charitable organizations providing assistance to those in need. For this annual day, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund invites celebrity guests from the entertainment and sports industries to work with licensed brokers and their clients to raise money and awareness for a variety of causes.
“Cantor Relief’s Charity Day is an event that we hold very dear to our hearts at BEF, and on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, this event gives us an opportunity to reflect. We lost many friends that day, so while Charity Day is bittersweet for me and all of us at the foundation, it also serves a reminder that positivity and generosity can grow out of tragic circumstances,” said Boomer Esiason, founder of BEF.
To date, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund has raised and distributed over $292 million, with Charity Day raising approximately $125 million globally.
About the Boomer Esiason Foundation
Founded in 1993 by Boomer Esiason and his wife, Cheryl, after their son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, the Boomer Esiason Foundation (BEF) works to ensure that people living with CF and their loved ones are encouraged, empowered and educated to take an active role in treating the disease. BEF aids the CF community through fundraising, programs, scholarships, transplant grants and educational resources. The passionate work of a committed core of volunteers alongside leaders in the medical and business communities allows BEF to raise awareness, money and quality of life for those affected by this deadly disease.
For more information, visit to www.esiason.org.
About The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund
Founded in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund has raised and distributed approximately $180 million to over 800 families and 932 children of the victims of that tragedy. Since 9/11, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund expanded its scope to not only include victims of terrorism, but to also assist victims of natural disasters and emergencies, including victims of Superstorm Sandy, the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, Hurricane Katrina, the tsunami of 2004 and the Haiti earthquake.
The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund also works to assist wounded members of the U.S. military and a wide variety of other charitable organizations. Since its inception, The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund has distributed over $292 million.
The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund is unique in that it often provides direct assistance directly to the people affected by these tragedies without intermediary or secondary organizational involvement. Cantor Fitzgerald Chairman and CEO Howard Lutnick and the partners of Cantor Fitzgerald underwrite all the expenses of the Fund so that 100% of every dollar raised goes directly to those in need.
For more information, please visit www.cantorrelief.org.
About Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P.
Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. is a financial services firm with operating units that are involved in a variety of market-based business initiatives. From its position as a leading financial intermediary in both the equity and fixed income markets, Cantor has expanded the scope of its business to include portfolio trading, investment banking, financial spread betting, market advisory, energy brokerage, CO2 emissions trading and electronic trading technology. Cantor brings its experience and expertise in the financial markets and its legacy of innovation in technology to benefit institutional investors and traders around the world. Whether creating new products and services or enabling its clients to trade more efficiently and effectively through cutting edge technological solutions, Cantor is reinventing markets every day.