Jeremy Lin has been the buzz in New York City ever since he signed with the Brooklyn Nets. Yesterday, Lin represented Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City at Cantor Fitzgerald’s Charity Day.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City (BBBS of NYC) was selected to participate in Cantor Fitzgerald’s 2016 Charity Day, which took place yesterday. Jeremy Lin served as Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC’s ambassador for the event.
“I’m honored to serve as an ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City for Cantor Fitzgerald Charity Day and to support their work providing young people across the five boroughs with positive adult role models,” Lin said about the opportunity. “I’ve been fortunate to have incredible and inspiring mentors that have helped me succeed in my life, so I know firsthand the difference a mentor makes in a child’s life.”
Every year, Charity Day, held by Cantor Fitzgerald and its affiliate, BGC Partners, honors the 658 friends and colleagues and 61 Eurobrokers employees who lost their lives in the September 11th terrorist attacks. Charity Day helps raise funds for BBBS of NYC’s volunteer mentoring programs. These programs provide mentoring services for at-risk youth throughout the city. The day is serves as a way to change a tragedy into a positive experience that uplifts and helps others.
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BBBS of NYC is the largest mentoring organization in New York City and the oldest in the United States. The organization, which is based on volunteers and donations, has assisted the city’s most at-risk youth since 1904. It offers a variety of specialized mentoring programs to help children (ranging from immigrant children to children in foster care) overcome challenges.
One of their more notable programs is the Workplace Mentoring Program. This program helps businesses throughout the five boroughs have a positive influence on the lives of youth and develop a foundation for professional success. Since 1992, BBBS of NYC has also worked with non-profit professionals in New York City through its Center for Training and Professional Development to improve their mentor-based programs and organizations.
Hector Batista, chief executive officer of BBBS of NYC, was honored to take part in Charity Day and to have Lin representing the corporation. “We are very grateful to be a part of Charity Day and to have Jeremy Lin representing us as our celebrity ambassador,” Batista said. “Jeremy is a role model to so many of the children we serve and with his help, we can ensure that these children continue to have mentors in their lives.”