BTIG LLC, an institutional broker dealer specializing in trading and related brokerage services, held its annual Commissions for Charity Day yesterday. The company donated equity, fixed income and derivative trading commission profits earned on Thursday, May 6 to a group of children’s charities.
In BTIG’s New York office, Matt Dillon, Michael J. Fox, Joe Girardi, Nick Swisher, John McEnroe, Bode Miller, Sean Avery, NYSE Euronext CEO Duncan Niederauer and WNBC-TV’s Bruce Beck took part, while in San Francisco, Tony Gonzalez, Steve Young, Joe Morgan and Ronnie Lott joined BTIG’s West Coast team as celebrity traders.
The firm’s last Commissions for Charity Day raised more than $3 million, and over the past five years BTIG has donated more than $10 million to various organizations, including Jacob’s Cure, Catch 25, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
BTIG, in conjunction with its clients, selected several nonprofit organizations that deal with important issues facing children to receive the firm’s equity, fixed income and derivative commission profits earned on May 6. The nonprofit organizations below are a sampling of those that were designated to participate in Commissions for Charity Day:
- A Little HOPE
- All Stars Helping Kids
- Autism Speaks
- Children of Fallen Patriots
- Deafness Research Foundation
- G.O.A.L (Giving Open Access to Learning)
- Make-A-Wish Foundation
- Project Sunshine
- Say Yes to Education
* Robin Hood
- The Sallie Foundation
- The Starlight Children's Foundation
- Tomorrows Children’s Fund
“Our Commissions for Charity Day increases in popularity each year with more celebrities in attendance and more of our clients significantly increasing their trading volumes to support our chosen charities,” said Steven Starker, Co-founder of BTIG. “We are thrilled to be able to partner with these organizations and make such significant donations to help them continue with their important work to support children around the globe.”
“It is very gratifying for me and the whole BTIG team that we can make a real difference to these charitable organizations through our day-to-day jobs,” said Scott Kovalik, Co-founder of BTIG. “We are very grateful to our clients for supporting our Commissions for Charity Day for so many years and look forward to making our 8th annual event the biggest and best yet.”