Inside the Wall Street charity day where celebrities and star athletes pretend to be traders

Inside the Wall Street charity day where celebrities and star athletes pretend to be traders
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BTIG, an international trading firm, hosted its 15th annual Commissions for Charity Day last week. The company raised more than $5 million to be donated to charities around the world.

“We are thrilled with the record number of celebrity guest traders who volunteered to join us, and humbled by the impressive number of nominated charities, which will benefit from the day,” Co-founder of BTIG Seven Starker said in a press release.

The firm anticipates more than 300 non-profit organizations will benefit from the 2018 event, where participating celebrities acted as an ambassador for a charity of their choice. The company hosted more than 80 celebrities, politicians, athletes, journalists and business leaders to act as guest traders. Eli Manning, President Bill Clinton, and Lucy Liu were just three of the many high-profile guests that participated.


Baseball star Alex Rodriguez took phone calls.

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Former basketball player and current ESPN sports analyst Jalen Rose posed for a group picture.

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Model Petra Nemcova helped out.

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Lucy Liu stopped by.

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Jenny McCarthy, Eric Mangold, Henrik Lundqvist and Victor Cruz made an appearance.

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Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts posed with a baseball fan.

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Atlanta rapper Ludacris walked into the world of finance.

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Nicky Hilton also participated to raise money for charity

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Sex and the City star Kristen Davis made an appearance.

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Aaron Boone, manager of the New York Yankees, walked in with a wave.

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the cause.

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Former New York Knicks player John Starks posed to promote BTIG’s Charity Day

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Eli Manning and Victor Cruz took a break to show off some dance moves.

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President Bill Clinton participated again this year.

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Ludacris and former NFL Pro Bowler Terrell Owens gave a friendly handshake.

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Shaquille O’Neal greeted BTIG cofounder Steven Starker.

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Former New York Knicks player Clyde Frazier walked in with style.

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Former chief economic advisor to President Donald Trump and investment banker Gary Cohn was happy to participate.

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NBA star Shaquille O’Neal gave a fist bump as he walked in.

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New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia posed for a picture with fellow teammates Didi Gregorius and Dellin Betances

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