BTIG, a global financial services firm specializing in institutional trading, investment banking and related brokerage services, announced today its growing list of celebrity participants for the 13th annual BTIG Commissions for Charity Day on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.
Throughout the event, celebrity participants act as guest traders taking calls from clients on BTIG’s global trading floors alongside the firm’s institutional traders. While working with some of their favorite stars on Charity Day, clients raise funds for hundreds of charities, many of them supporting children in need worldwide. Commissions generated from the trades executed by BTIG on Charity Day are donated to charities nominated by BTIG clients and the firm’s celebrity guest traders.
“Between the long-term commitment from many of our celebrity participants and the generosity of our clients, media partners and employees, BTIG Commissions for Charity Day has grown into a global initiative. As a firm, we are passionate about the success of our annual event and are committed to supporting meaningful causes,” said Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG. Since the event’s inception in 2003, BTIG’s clients, celebrity partners and employees throughout its U.S., London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney offices, have raised more than US$30 million for hundreds of charitable organizations around the world, including over US$5 million from the May 2014 event last year.
The list of celebrities who are expected to join BTIG this year so far includes Al Leiter, Allan Houston, AnnaLynne McCord, Beth Ostrosky, Bobby Valentine, CC Sabathia, Damaris Lewis, David Diehl, Eduardo Garcia, Eli Manning, Eric LeGrand, Hannah Davis, Hannah Storm, Jeremy Roenick, Joe Girardi, Joe Morgan, Joe Namath, Mariano Rivera, Mark Cuban, Mark Messier, Mark Teixeira, Nia Sanchez, Padma Lakshmi, Petra Nemcova, Phil Simms, Reggie Jackson, Ronnie Lott, Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Lavin, Tom Coughlin, Tony Gonzalez, Victor Cruz and Woody Johnson. Previous participants have included Michael J. Fox, Michael Strahan, John McEnroe, Carmelo Anthony, Bode Miller, Kelly Ripa, Rex Ryan, Bridget Moynahan, Matt Dillon and David Wright in New York; Marshawn Lynch and Vida Blue in San Francisco; Marcus Allen in Los Angeles; and Mike Gatting OBE, Chris Tarrant OBE, Brian Conley, Aled Jones MBE and Sinitta in London.
“We are always impressed by the number of well deserving organizations that our clients and celebrity partners support and bring to our attention each year. It’s an honor to be a part of an event that makes such a significant impact on improving opportunities for children and others worldwide,” said Scott Kovalik, Co-Founder of BTIG.