Celebrities 'trade' stocks for charity
NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) - For the past 14 years, financial services firm BTIG has donated more than $40 million to hundreds of charities. And the company does it with the help of celebrities. The A-listers took over BTIG's trading floor Tuesday.
"The list of people that are coming today is incredible," said Phil Simms, former New York Giants QB. "I was almost embarrassed to be on the list."
"It's special to come and be part of it, getting included every year," former Yankee Reggie Jackson said. "I've been coming for probably 8 to 10 years."
"BTIG is one of those amazing companies that knows how to give back," Jenny McCarthy said.
Alex Rodriguez, Shaquille O'Neal, Lawrence Taylor, and even former President Bill Clinton, to name a few, celebrated the trading firm's 15th annual Charity Day.
"This is awesome, it's one of my favorite days," Shaq said. "I get to see all my favorite people... A-Rod is here, Derek Jeter is here, Lawrence Taylor is here. The great Joe Namath... a lot great guys who I admire as a youngster."
Hundreds of charities were nominated by clients and these celebrity guest traders, including Fox 5's Rosanna Scotto. The volunteers picked up the phones and executed sales for their charity.
Simms said he supports the charity IronMatt, which supports families coping with pediatric brain cancer.
Former Met and Yankee Dwight "Doc" Gooden said he supports the FBI National Academy training program.
McCarthy was representing her own organization, Generation Rescue.
"The fact that Generation Rescue gets to be involved when there's such an epidemic right now with kids with autism, I made it my life's work," McCarthy said. The organization is dear to her heart. Her son was diagnosed with autism in 2005.
"When you see big corporations like this, when you see Wall Street getting behind charitable organizations, which they always should've done, but to get behind it in such a major way like this, makes me feel good," McCarthy said.
This is an annual event so we expect to see more celebrities next year.