Former Nasa Astronauts Mike Massimino And Scott Altman To Represent The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum At
Annual BGC Charity Day
Friday, September 11, 2015
100% of Charity Day Revenues will be Donated to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund
NEW YORK, NY (September 9, 2015) – The Intrepid Museum today announced its participation in the 2015 BGC Charity Day on Friday, September 11. Representing the Museum will be former NASA astronaut and now the Intrepid Museum’s Senior Advisor for Space Programs, Mike Massimino, and former NASA astronaut and mission commander, Scott Altman. Massimino and Altman will join BGC Partners staff on the trading floor at 9:00am to help raise money for Charity Day, which started in commemoration of the 658 Cantor Fitzgerald and 61 Eurobrokers employees lost in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. The Intrepid Museum has participated in BGC Charity Day for 6 consecutive years.
Mike Massimino is a veteran of two space shuttle missions, (STS-109, 2002 and STS-125, 2009) both of which serviced the Hubble Telescope, including the historic final repair mission in 2009. Massimino has logged a total of 571 hours and 47 minutes in space, and a cumulative total of 30 hours and 4 minutes of spacewalking in four spacewalks. He appears regularly as a space expert on news broadcasts and has guest starred on numerous television shows, including the Big Bang Theory.
Scott Altman is a retired captain of the U.S. Navy and NASA astronaut who served as pilot on STS-90 (1998) and STS-106 (2000), and mission commander on STS-109 (2002) and STS-125 (2009), logging more than 51 days in space. He also served as the Chief of the Exploration Branch of the Astronaut Office. Altman is also known for his role in the movie Top Gun, where he performed the famous stunts in the F-14 fighter jet for Tom Cruise’s character, Maverick.
“Charity Day brings hope and positivity to a tragic anniversary, as we aim to honor those who were lost by reaching out to make the world a better place,” said Mike Massimino. “On behalf of the Intrepid Museum, we are thrilled to once again join BGC Partners in their generous efforts to raise money for so many worthy charities around the world.”
Every year, BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald honor those who perished on 9/11 by distributing 100% of global revenues on Charity Day to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund. Grants are then individually distributed to hundreds of charities worldwide. Since its inception, Charity Day has raised approximately $113 million globally.
About the Museum
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Through exhibitions, educational programming and the foremost collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages are taken on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery.
The Intrepid Museum fulfills its mission to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth by connecting them to history through hands-on exploration while bridging the future by inspiring innovation.
About BGC Partners, Inc.
BGC Partners is a leading global brokerage company servicing the financial and real estate markets. Products include fixed income securities, interest rate swaps, foreign exchange, equities, equity derivatives, credit derivatives, commercial real estate, commodities, futures, and structured products. BGC also provides a wide range of services, including trade execution, broker-dealer services, clearing, processing, information, and other back-office services to a broad range of financial and non-financial institutions. Through its BGC Trader and BGC Market Data brands, BGC offers financial technology solutions, market data, and analytics related to numerous financial instruments and markets. Through the Newmark Grubb Knight Frank brand, the Company offers a wide range of commercial real estate services including leasing and corporate advisory, investment sales and financial services, consulting, project and development management, and property and facilities management. BGC’s customers include many of the world’s largest banks, broker-dealers, investment banks, trading firms, hedge funds, governments, corporations, property owners, real estate developers, and investment firms. BGC Partners is led by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Howard W. Lutnick. For more information, please visit www.bgcpartners.com.
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