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Congressman Tom Cole

Representing the 4th District of Oklahoma

Cantor Fitzgerald to Provide Financial Assistance to Moore Tornado Victims

September 23, 2013
Press Release

Norman, OK – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) released the following statement after Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ:BGCP) and the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, visited Moore on Monday, September 23 to distribute $1,000 prepaid debit cards to each family who had a child in the Moore Public School district at the time of the May 20 tornado and whose home was damaged or destroyed. Howard W. Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, L.P. and BGC Partners, Inc., his wife Allison and sister Edie Lutnick, who is the President and Co-Founder of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, traveled to Moore to meet the families and personally distribute the cards.

Cantor Fitzgerald is headquartered in New York City, where its offices were previously located on five floors of the World Trade Centers before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. After losing 658 of their 960 New York employees, including Chairman Lutnick’s brother, the company established the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund to aid families who lost loved ones in the attacks. Since then, the fund has extended support to aid numerous other charitable causes and humanitarian efforts around the world, including helping those impacted by Hurricane Sandy earlier this year.  

“I am grateful for the generosity shown by Cantor Fitzgerald through these incredible donations that will touch thousands of Oklahomans,” said Cole. “Numerous families were displaced by the storms earlier this year, resulting in tremendous financial and emotional burdens. These gifts will certainly help lighten the heavy load carried by those families as they recover and rebuild.

“After losing hundreds of valued and loved employees in the World Trade Center, Cantor Fitzgerald understands firsthand how to work through extreme loss. I am grateful that they have extended a helping hand to us in our time of need. Words cannot truly express our thanks,” concluded Cole.

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