FDNY Foundationís Humanitarian Awards Raises More Than $1.9 Million
(L to R) The Humanitarian Awards host, Rosanna Scotto from Fox 5's Good Day New York; Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano; Honoree Howard Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald and BCG Partners; Honoree Joseph Fortunato, Chairman and CEO of General Nutrition Centers (GNC) Holdings; and Chief of Department Edward Kilduff.
The FDNY Foundation feted two great supporters – Howard Lutnick from Cantor Fitzgerald and BCG Partners and Joe Fortunato from GNC – on Apr. 24 at their annual Humanitarian Awards. The FDNY’s Incident Management Team also was honored at the event, which raised more than $1.9 million for the charity.
“Tonight, as we’re gathered here for this wonderful evening, somewhere in this city, firefighters, paramedics and EMTs are responding to a fire, an accident or a medical emergency,” Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano said during the ceremony at the New York Hilton in Midtown Manhattan. “And by supporting the FDNY Foundation – all of you are out there with them – on every run.”
Chief of Department Edward Kilduff added, “For the people we protect, education and knowledge is as important as stretching a hose line and putting water on a fire.”
Howard Lutnick, Chairman and C.E.O. of Cantor Fitzgerald and BCG Partners, was honored for guiding the rebuilding of Cantor Fitzgerald following the death of 658 Cantor Fitzgerald employees on Sept. 11, 2001.
Cantor Fitzgerald provided more than $180 million to the families of those victims, and recently committed $10 million to assist thousands of families in New York and New Jersey who were severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
Also honored was Joseph Fortunato, Chairman and C.E.O. of General Nutrition Centers (GNC) Holdings. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Mr. Fortunato donated fitness equipment to replace firehouse fitness equipment severely damaged by the storm surge.
The FDNY Foundation Special Recognition Award was presented to the FDNY Incident Management Team (IMT) for their extraordinary work before, during, and after Superstorm Sandy; including the evacuation of homebound and elderly New Yorkers, management of rescue and recovery efforts, dewatering and tree removal and extended support in the form of water, food and supplies to impacted residents still in their homes.
FOX 5 Good Day New York Anchor Rosanna Scotto will serve as the evening’s Emcee.
Established in 1981, the FDNY Foundation is the official non-profit organization of the Department that helps bring the vital message of fire safety and prevention to all New Yorkers. It also supports the life-saving work of the FDNY through various programs that provide new equipment, training and support for thousands of firefighters and members of the department’s Emergency Medical Service.
Thanks in large part to the extraordinary support from the FDNY Foundation; in 2012 the FDNY recorded the lowest number of civilian fire related deaths in New York City history.
Last year alone, the FDNY Foundation helped train more than 600,000 New Yorkers in fire safety education, distributed 100,000 batteries and 25,000 smoke alarms across the city, and supported the FDNY Mobile CPR Training Unit which has trained more than 100,000 New Yorkers.