On Tuesday, May 10, 2016, BTIG LLC, a global financial services firm specializing in institutional trading and related brokerage services, held its 14th Commissions for Charity Day. Blythedale was once again nominated to take part in the special event in which the firm donates one day's net commission profits to charities. Since the inception of this event, BTIG has donated more than $35 million to hundreds of charities, and Blythedale has received more than $250,000 over the last four years.
This year, Blythedale President & CEO Larry Levine and Chief Development Officer Jane MacDonald joined Blythedale Trustees Alan Gerstein and Farrel Starker, and Farrel's husband and BTIG Co-Founder Steven Starker at the star-studded event. In addition, former New York Jets fullback Tony Richardson was on hand representing Blythedale and trading on the Hospital's behalf. Other celebrity "guest-traders", including New York Yankees Manager Joe Girardi, and former and current players Alex Rodriguez, Andrew Miller, Johnny Damon, and Mariano Rivera, as well as New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, New York Jets center Nick Mangold, NBA great Shaquille O'Neal, Dallas Maverick's owner Mark Cuban,and supermodel Petra Nemcova, helped raise money for a variety of children's charities, including Blythedale.
"We at Blythedale are incredibly grateful to BTIG, and Steve and Farrel, to have the opportunity to participate in this exciting and unique event," said Blythedale President & CEO Larry Levine. "We are truly honored to again be named as one of the beneficiaries of such an extraordinary act of philanthropy."
Also on hand enjoying the festivities was eight-year-old Emilie and her family. Emilie, who recovered from a devastating traumatic brain injury at Blythedale after being thrown from a horse last October, currently attends Blythedale's Day Hospital program. Dozens of celebrities stopped to visit with Emilie and her sister, Ella, graciously signing autographs and posing for pictures.