Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) May 31, 2011
Cole and Heidi Hamels, co-founders of The Hamels Foundation, are pleased to announce plans for the first annual Philly Financial Day on Friday, July 8th, 2011. Several of the leading financial service institutions in the Philadelphia area will donate a significant fixed percentage of their institutional trading commissions and transactional revenues to a pool of charitable foundations founded by Phillies’ stars Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino, Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley. In addition, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) will be a beneficiary of funds raised that day.
“The day represents a great opportunity for the Philadelphia investment community and the Phillies’ players to translate their already collective synergy into something tangible for a host of tremendous charities,” commented Cole Hamels. “Not only is this a great opportunity to raise significant funds, it is also a day for the city to celebrate our long financial history and shine a light on all the positive things happening here in that industry space. We’re excited that the rest of the country will get a chance to experience a bit of Philadelphia on this day through the coverage.”
Janney Montgomery Scott LLC and Boenning & Scattergood, Inc. have graciously volunteered to be the core transaction execution venues on July 8th. “We are very fortunate and grateful that these institutions have agreed to donate a significant part of that day’s revenue to our very worthy causes,” said Shane Victorino, founder of The Shane Victorino Foundation.
In the month leading up to the event, members of the various foundations will meet with a number of leading mutual funds, hedge funds and money management firms. They will ask them to direct as much of their institutional equity/fixed income/derivative commissions and transactions to these execution venues on July 8th, thus contributing as much as they can to the total amount that will be given to the charities.
To help raise visibility, NASDAQ OMX PHLX (formerly the Philadelphia Stock Exchange) will host the Phillies players during their visit to New York at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square on Friday, May 27th, 2011. The NASDAQ MarketSite seven-story LED Tower will broadcast the foundation logos and the players will conduct media interviews at the street-level television studio for fans in Times Square to view. PHLX will host part of the 1st annual Philly Financial Day on Friday, July 8th from their trading floor in Philadelphia, which represents the oldest and largest equity options exchange in the United States.
“We look forward to getting a chance to experience the excitement and energy on the trading desks at Janney and Boenning and to be on the exchange floor in person as well. Also, with local and national media coverage concentrated on Philadelphia that day, we think it will be a home run for everyone involved, especially CHOP and the other charities which will ultimately benefit” noted Jimmy Rollins of The Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation.
“We know there are a lot of 401(k) and mutual fund institutions in the greater Philadelphia area doing business with Phillies fans and Philadelphia businesses and we urge them to be a part of Philly Financial Day to support us and our communities,” commented Chase Utley, co-founder of The Utley Foundation.
There will be two opportunities for press with participating Phillies players:
Media Press Conference- Friday, May 27th 9:30am EST at the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City’s Times Square
4 Times Square
43rd & Broadway
New York, NY 10036
Robert Madden, NASDAQ Corporate Communications
G-N Kang, The Hamels Foundation Director of Operations
Official Press Tour- Friday, July 8th 8:30am-11:15am EST in Philadelphia, PA
All participating financial institutions
For more details, please contact:
G-N Kang, The Hamels Foundation Director of Operations
About The Hamels Foundation
Beginning in 2008, The Hamels Foundation has been dedicated to bringing an end to extreme poverty and hardship endured by lack of educational support.
Co-founded by Cole and Heidi Hamels, The Hamels Foundation has a dual mission to provide support for quality education in the United States and establish a school in Malawi, Africa.
The Hamels Foundation takes a community-based approach to education by providing assistance to inner-city schools as well as supporting other education based non-profit entities in the United States. This includes, but is not limited to, providing stimulating learning environments, high-quality educational programs and necessary provisions to promote learning. The Hamels Foundation currently gives the largest public school grants in Philadelphia. For example, in 2010, Wilson Elementary received a $50,000 grant to build a schoolyard playground.
The commitment of The Hamels Foundation extends globally to Malawi, Africa where there are over one million orphans due to the HIV/AID pandemic. Malawi is one of the poorest, most impoverished nations in the world. The Hamels Foundation is dedicated to building a boarding school that will educate nearly 2,000 boys and girls in the Mulanje District of Malawi. The first step towards breaking the cycle of AIDS is education, as well as tending to basic needs such as shelter and food. The foundation’s goal is to provide this first step in improving the lives of thousands. In 2010, $40,000 was donated to Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA) to build a new well for safe drinking water and to put over 1,200 children through school for an entire year.
About The Shane Victorino Foundation
Shane and Melissa Victorino founded the Shane Victorino Foundation (SVF) in 2010. The nonprofit is dedicated to promoting opportunities for underserved youth in Philadelphia and Hawaii as it engages in projects which provide children with educational, recreational and wellness programs. The organization’s first major endeavor in Philadelphia was to pledge nearly $1 million to renovate the 105-year old Nicetown Boys & Girls Club, which will reopen at the end of the summer. Additionally, the SVF currently sponsors the Flyin’ Hawaiian All-Stars charity ticket program which provides children’s groups with game tickets, t-shirts and concessions. In Shane’s native Hawaii, the Foundation supports projects serving disadvantaged children. Over the past three years alone, the SVF has raised more than a half-of-a-million dollars for various charities, including the Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui and others.
About The Jimmy Rollins Foundation
The Jimmy Rollins Foundation strives to help children and young adults living with arthritis by providing funds and awareness about the disease. They also support families who are struggling financially with extracurricular activities that promote healthy living through exercise and proper nutrition. Rollins and the Foundation host an annual charity bowling tournament at Lucky Strikes Lanes in Philadelphia that features teammates, celebrities and musicians.
This event benefits the Eastern Pennsylvania Juvenile Arthritis Foundation and the Rollins Family Foundation. Last year’s event raised over $174,000 for both foundations. In 2007, Rollins developed JRoll’s Aces to reward children in disadvantaged areas who excelled in the classroom. Under this program, Rollins meets with groups on the field during batting practice to answer questions, sign autographs, and provide each participant with a game ticket, t-shirt and food voucher. Since 2002, Rollins honors top readers in the area for their dedication to literacy during the summer months. Last July, he welcomed 50 top readers, called JRoll’s Readers, from the Philadelphia Reads Summer Reading Program.
About The Utley Foundation
The Utley Foundation, founded by Chase and Jen Utley, brings awareness to the increasing epidemic of animal cruelty. Their mission is to educate the community in the proper treatment of animals and to raise funds for the fight against animal neglect, pain and suffering. The Foundation works closely with the Pennsylvania SPCA each year at their annual event, Save a Pet at the Park. Each year, the SPCA brings cats and dogs to the game to be adopted by Phillies fans and over the past four years, the Foundation has raised over $170,000 for the PSPCA.
The key event for the Foundation each year is the Utley All-Star Animals Casino Night. All of the funds raised directly benefit the Etana Fund at the Pennsylvania SPCA. This fund supports and cares for the many victims of animal cruelty, neglect and abuse. 2011 marks the fourth year that The Utleys have put on this event and this year raised over $284,000. To-date, these casino nights have raised close to 1 million dollars for the Etana Fund of the Pennsylvania SPCA.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is the #1 ranked pediatric hospital by Parents magazine and is tied for the number one ranking on U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of Best Children’s Hospitals. Founded in 1855, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is the birthplace of pediatric medicine in America. Throughout its history, a passionate spirit of innovation has driven this renowned institution to pursue scientific discovery, establish the highest standards of patient care and train future leaders in pediatrics. For a century and a half, Children’s Hospital has served as a haven of hope for children and families worldwide. For more information about CHOP, visit http://www.chop.edu
About Janney Montgomery Scott LLC
Established in 1832, Janney Montgomery Scott LLC is a full-service financial services firm, headquartered in Philadelphia, which provides comprehensive financial advice and superior service and execution to individual, corporate and institutional investors. Janney’s core business offerings include financial advice and service to clients on asset management, institutional equity and fixed income sales and trading, equity research, financial planning, equity and fixed income investing, corporate and public finance, portfolio management, retirement planning, and wealth management. Learn more at: http://www.janney.com
About NASDAQ OMX PHLX
NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) is the largest and oldest equity options exchange in the United States, dating back to 1790. The PHLX trades more than 2,600 equity options, sector index options and U.S. dollar-settled options on major currencies. PHLX offers a combination of cutting-edge electronic and floor-based options trading on NASDAQ OMX’s high-speed, highly reliable INET technology.
About Boenning & Scattergood, Inc.
Established in 1914, Boenning & Scattergood, Inc. is one of the oldest independent securities, asset management and investment banking firms in the region. Professionals at the firm provide individual investors, corporate and municipal clients and institutions a full complement of financial services including retail brokerage, equity research, equity and fixed income sales and trading, investment banking, public finance, derivative strategy and asset management. Investment advisory services provided by 1914 Advisors, a division of Boenning & Scattergood, Inc. Member FINRA / SIPC. For more information, please visit http://www.boenninginc.com
Director of Operations | The Hamels Foundation
212 North 12th Street | Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tel: (610) 551-8800 | gn(at)thehamelsfoundation(dot)org
For financial institutions looking to get involved, please contact Dan Kinsella
Tel: (610) 202-1750 | dan(at)phillyfinancialday(dot)com