Celebrities turned out yesterday to support financial group ICAP’s 20th annual global Charity Day in Jersey City, NJ.

ICAP (IAP.L), the world’s leading interdealer broker and provider of post trade risk and information services, sets aside one day each year in which 100% of company revenues and commissions will be donated to a selection of over 200 charities around the world.

This year’s Charity Day raised $17.7 million (£11 million) worldwide.

Since the inception of Charity Day in 1993, ICAP has raised over $158 million for more than 1,000 well-deserving causes worldwide. In 2011, the company raised a record $20 million (£12.75 million) globally on Charity Day.

As part of the day’s activities, ICAP hosted several of the charities’ celebrity spokespeople at its offices around the world to rally employee enthusiasm and interact with clients to boost trading volumes.

At ICAP’s North American headquarters in Jersey City, NJ, several celebrities were on hand: Michelle Williams represented Baby2Baby,
Michael Phelps represented the Michael Phelps Foundation, and
Rachel Weisz appeared in support of Only Make Believe.

Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps answers the phones on the trading floor at ICAP's North American headquarters.
Actress Rachel Weisz takes part in ICAP's 20th annual global Charity Day at the North American headquarters in Jersey City, NJ on December 5, 2012.
Actress Michelle Williams helps raise money during ICAP's 20th annual global Charity Day on December 5, 2012, from the Group's North American headquarters in Jersey City, NJ.

Michael Spencer, Group Chief Executive Officer of ICAP, said: “We’re enormously proud, especially in this difficult economic climate, to have been able to raise nearly $18 million in this our 20th ICAP Charity Day, reaching a total of more than £100 million ($161 million). This momentous milestone would not have been possible without the incredible and ongoing support of our customers, employees and suppliers and has benefited hundreds of charities around the world.”

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