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Press Releases / 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: APRIL 23, 2013



Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano will join the FDNY Foundation on Wednesday, April 24 at 6 p.m. at the New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, for their annual Humanitarian Awards dinner to honor those who have provided overwhelming support to the New York City Fire Department over the course of their distinguished careers. 

This year’s honorees are Howard Lutnick, Chairman and C.E.O. of Cantor Fitzgerald and BCG Partners, and Joseph Fortunato, Chairman and C.E.O. of General Nutrition Centers (GNC) Holdings.

Mr. Lutnick guided the rebuilding of Cantor Fitzgerald following the death of 658 Cantor Fitzgerald employees on September 11th, 2001.  Cantor Fitzgerald has provided over $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.

Mr. Fortunato leads GNC, the largest nutritional supplement company in the industry.  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 will be 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 Master of Ceremonies.

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 over 100,000 New Yorkers

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.


New York Hilton, 1335 Avenue of the Americas (between 53rd and 54th streets), Grand Ballroom


Wednesday, April 24 at 6 p.m.

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Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Frank Dwyer, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056


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