On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and Newmark employees directly distributed relief checks of $1,000 to families who lost their homes and are still recovering after the devastating Northern California Wildfires. The funds were distributed in numerous communities including Butte, Glenn and Shasta counties.
The Northern California wildfire direct financial aid distribution took place in tandem with the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund’s Charity Day, which is held each year to honor those who perished on 9/11 and raises money for hundreds of charitable organizations worldwide.
“We have not forgotten our fellow California citizens who were so dreadfully impacted by last year’s terrible fires. We need to all pull together in situations like this,” said Chuck Seufferlein, president of Newmark Northwest Region.
Barbara Ramey, Labor Relations Representative for United Public Employees of California, echoed these sentiments: “The contribution makes a big difference in the lives of people who quite literally have lost every single thing they own.”
Previously, the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund and Newmark assisted firefighters who had lost their homes battling the Southern California Wildfires.
About the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund
On September 11, 2001, 658 Cantor Fitzgerald friends and colleagues and 61 Eurobrokers employees were lost in the World Trade Center terrorist attack. On September 14, 2001, the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund was formed with an initial donation of $1 million from Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners Chairman and CEO, Howard Lutnick.
Mr. Lutnick and the Firm’s partners underwrote 100 percent of the expenses of the Relief Fund so that every penny of its income was paid out to those in need. In addition to the families of Cantor Fitzgerald’s employees who were lost on 9/11, the Relief Fund also assisted family members of World Trade Center victims from 14 other companies. The Relief Fund raised and distributed over $180 million to over 800 families and 932 children of the victims of this tragedy.
Since 9/11, the Relief Fund has expanded its mission to assist families impacted by natural disasters and emergencies, including Hurricane Maria and Irma in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the Southern and Northern California Wildfires, Hurricane Harvey in Houston, TX, the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, Superstorm Sandy in NY, Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast, the tsunami of 2004 and the Haiti Earthquake. The Relief Fund also works to assist wounded members of the U.S. military. Since its inception, it has distributed over $336 million.
To donate, please visit: https://www.cantorrelief.org/donate-now/
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