Yesterday, the trading floor at ICAP, a voice and electronic inter-dealer broker, looked more like a Hollywood film set than an brokerage operation. That’s because ICAP hosted its 16th annual Global Charity Day there from 9:00-5:00, where it raised $16.3 million throughout its global offices. All of ICAP’s brokers participate in offices around the world by giving up their commissions for the day and donating them to over 100 charities, says an ICAP spokesman.
Stars including Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Matt Dillon took time to join ICAP brokers in its Jersey City, NJ office to execute trades. Also trading were famous athletes like Anna Kournikova, Joe Montana, Boomer Esiason and Jeff Gordon, the racecar champion. These stars are some of the charities' spokespeople who participated to rally employee enthusiasm and interact with clients to help boost trading volumes.
ICAP brokers dressed in costumes in offices around the globe--London, Hong Kong, Jersey City, etc.–to make the day a fun event while they raised money for some serious causes.
Check out the PHOTO GALLERY to see stars like Matt Dillon and Julianne Moore trading. Since the inception of Charity Day in 1993, ICAP has raised over $84 million.