BTIG, LLC, a global financial services firm specializing in institutional trading, investment banking, research and related brokerage services, announced today that it will host its 14th annual BTIG Commissions for Charity Day on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
The event will take place across BTIG’s 14 global locations including its U.S. offices and affiliate office locations in London, Edinburgh, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney.
BTIG Commissions for Charity Day is a global initiative supported by the firm’s institutional and corporate client base, in addition to employees across four continents and a diverse and growing list of celebrity guest traders. Each year, BTIG donates the day’s commissions to charities, many of them supporting children in need. Throughout the day, cultural icons, all-star athletes, top-recording artists and celebrities from film and television act as guest traders alongside the firm’s institutional trading team, while clients partner with some of their favorite stars to support meaningful causes.
“Our participants work to make BTIG Commissions for Charity Day a great success each year. We are honored by the dedication demonstrated by clients and our celebrity partners, and are very proud of our team’s continued commitment to donating to hundreds of organizations around the world,” said Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG.
BTIG pioneered its first Commissions for Charity Day in 2003, raising funds for three charities in the U.S. In the last thirteen years as BTIG has grown, so has BTIG Commissions for Charity Day. Since the inception of the event, BTIG has raised more than US$35 million for hundreds of charitable organizations around the world, including over US$5 million from this event in 2015. Charities are nominated by clients and celebrity guest traders, and the firm encourages the selection of child-focused charities.
Celebrities committed to join BTIG this year so far include Shaquille O'Neal, Alex Rodriguez, Petra Nemcova, Mark Teixeira, Victor Cruz, Joe Girardi and Bruce Beck. Some of the previous participants have included Allan Houston, Beth Ostrosky Stern, Blake Griffin, Bobby Valentine, Bode Miller, Bridget Moynahan, Brooke Shields, Carmelo Anthony, CC Sabathia, Charles Oakley, Chris Mullin, Chrissy Teigen, Damaris Lewis, David Diehl, David Muir, David Wright, Doug Ellin, Eduardo Garcia, Eli Manning, Eric LeGrand, Geoffrey Zakarian, Hannah Davis, Hannah Storm, Jeremy Roenick, Joe Namath, John McEnroe, John Starks, John Sterling, Josh Capon, K. Lee Graham, Kelly Ripa, Kelly Rutherford, Kristin Davis, Lawrence Taylor, Mariano Rivera, Mark Cuban, Mark Messier, Matt Dillon, Michael J. Fox, Michael Strahan, Mike Maccagnan, Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Nia Sanchez, Padma Lakshmi, Rachel Robinson, Rebecca Jarvis, Reggie Jackson, Rex Ryan, Rick DiPietro, Steve Weatherford, Tom Coughlin, Tommy Hilfiger, Tutan Reyes and Woody Johnson in New York; Barry Bonds, Joe Morgan, Marshawn Lynch, Ronnie Lott and Vida Blue in San Francisco; Jason Collins, Marcus Allen, Michelle Monaghan and Tony Gonzalez in Los Angeles; and Mike Gatting OBE, Chris Tarrant OBE, Aled Jones MBE, Brian Conley, Charlie Webster, Francine Lewis, Jamie Laing, Miles Jupp, Pandora, Sinitta and Vogue Williams in London.
“Driven by passion to help those in need, we are inspired by the success stories that come from the charities we collaborate with each year,” said Scott Kovalik, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of BTIG. “It’s a privilege to be a part of this event and we are grateful for our supporters, many of whom continue to participate year after year.”
BTIG plans to announce additional celebrity participants throughout the coming months