Annual Charity Day
Charity Day 2010
Each year, Cantor Fitzgerald commemorates our friends and employees who perished on 9/11 with our annual Charity Day, turning a tragic day into one that is positive and uplifting by donating the revenues that day to charitable causes around the world. This year Charity Day took place on Monday, September 13. Representatives from many of the participating charities, along with celebrities who support their organization, joined us in several of our global offices. And of course, we thank our clients who do business with us in advance, as they are instrumental in making Charity Day a success.
Autism Speaks is North America's largest autism science and advocacy organization. Since its inception in 2005, Autism Speaks has made enormous strides, committing over $142.5 million to research through 2014 and developing innovative new resources for families. The organization is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. In addition to funding research, Autism Speaks also supports the Autism Treatment Network, Autism Genetic Resource Exchange and several other scientific and clinical programs.
Notable awareness initiatives include the establishment of the annual United Nations-sanctioned World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 and an award-winning “Learn the Signs” campaign with the Ad Council which has received over $210 million in donated media. Autism Speaks' family resources include the Autism Video Glossary, a 100 Day Kit for newly-diagnosed families, a School Community Tool Kit and a community grant program. Autism Speaks has played a critical role in securing federal legislation to advance the government's response to autism, and has successfully advocated for insurance reform to cover behavioral treatments. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 80 cities across North America. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit www.autismspeaks.org.
Children's Brain Tumor Foundation / Justin's Hope
Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation (CBTF) was founded in 1988 by a group of dedicated parents, physicians, and friends to improve the treatment, quality-of-life, and long-term outlook for children with brain and spinal cord tumors through research, support, education, and advocacy to families and survivors. Justin’s Hope Fund was established by Terry Strada to help support CBTF’s Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium research project to find cures for pediatric brain tumors.
Els for Autism
Els for Autism was founded by pro golfer Ernie Els with the goal of developing a world class Center of Excellence for those on the autism spectrum. The foundation is now in the midst of a $30 million dollar capital campaign to build this catalytic facility. The Center will bring together the vital components of public charter school education (ages 3-21,) medical and professional treatment, research, transition to adulthood and a major global digital learning program into one integrated whole. It will be the first facility of its kind in the world and have global impact.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
For The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, there is one clear measure of success: delivering better treatments and, ultimately, a cure to people living with Parkinson's disease. The Foundation takes a focused and proactive approach to speeding scientific solutions that will improve patients' quality of life and works to maximize impact by pushing basic discoveries toward clinical trials and strategically targeting resources toward critical research hurdles. Now the largest private funder of Parkinson’s research worldwide, the Foundation has invested $200 million in research since founded in 2000.
MTV INTERNATIONAL’S STAYING ALIVE FOUNDATION
Founded in 2004, The MTV Staying Alive Foundation is a global public charity operating in affiliation with MTV Networks International. Its mission is to empower and support young people who are protecting themselves and their communities against HIV and AIDS. The Foundation provides grants to youth-led initiatives who are committed to educating their peers, fighting stigma and discrimination, and empowering other young people to protect themselves against the disease. For more information log onto www.stayingalivefoundation.org
National Kidney Foundation (Serving the Greater New York Area)
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the leading nonprofit health organization dedicated to fighting kidney disease and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation. Through its 50 local offices nationwide, NKF provides vital patient and community services, conducts extensive public and professional education, advocates for patients through legislative action, and supports kidney research to identify new treatments.
Kidney disease is a major health problem in the U.S. and around the world. It is common, harmful and treatable. More than 83,000 Americans are on the waiting list for a life-saving kidney transplant, nearly 400,000 rely on a dialysis machine to keep them alive and 26 million Americans (1 in 9) have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Because symptoms may not appear until the kidneys are actually failing, millions of people with kidney damage remain unaware and do not take steps to protect their kidneys. Left untreated kidney disease will progress to kidney failure.
High risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension and a family history of kidney disease. While there is no cure, kidney disease can be contained through early detection.
Ronald McDonald House New York
Ronald McDonald House New York provides temporary housing for pediatric cancer patients and their families in a strong, supportive and caring environment which encourages and nurtures the development of child-to-child and parent-to-parent support systems. Ronald McDonald House New York is the largest facility of its type in the world. The House can accommodate 84 families, and it is filled to capacity almost every night. The House’s location in Manhattan, in close proximity to 13 major cancer treatment centers, draws children and families from across the country and the world, as well as from the metropolitan New York City area. Since its founding, more than 25,000 families have stayed at Ronald McDonald House New York. For more information, visit www.rmh-newyork.org.
Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of NY
Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of NY (CCMC), formerly, Schneider Children’s Hospital, is the largest provider of pediatric health care in New York State, and was recently ranked once again by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in many specialty areas. As the only dedicated children’s hospital serving Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens, they provide the most advanced care and comprehensive clinical services and treatment for all children, from the smallest newborn to young adult.
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