Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation to Honor Visa CEO and BTIG Co-Founder at Annual Gala

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Tom Coughlin, New York Giants to support families tackling childhood cancer

Coach Tom Coughlin with cancer patient at NY Giants Game

We are thrilled to honor two members of our community who are titans of support for families tackling childhood cancer....

The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation will host its 11th annual Champions for Children Gala on Friday, October 2nd at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. This year's event marks the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund's 11th year of providing support to families tackling childhood cancer in the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area.

Legendary NBC 4 New York sports broadcaster Bruce Beck will serve as Master of Ceremonies and will toast 2015 honorees Charles W. Scharf, Chief Executive Officer for Visa Inc., and Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG, LLC. Scharf has been at Visa’s helm since November 2012. Starker has had a successful career in equities since the late eighties and has over 35 years of capital market experience. Both are being honored by the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund for their exemplary support of local families fighting childhood cancer.

"I’m honored to be recognized by the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation,” said Charles W. Scharf, Chief Executive Officer of Visa Inc. “I admire and salute the work the Foundation does for patients and their families as they battle childhood cancer.”

“I’m humbled to be recognized by Coach Coughlin and to spend an evening both celebrating and remembering the many childhood cancer patients and families that he has supported over the years,” said Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG, LLC. “I admire Coughlin’s leadership on and off the field, and I look forward to an evening that focuses on ensuring the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund can continue its good work in the future.”

At this year's event, the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund will present live and silent auctions featuring luxurious vacations, sports memorabilia, sporting events tickets, designer accessories and jewelry, and several once-in-a-lifetime experiences and opportunities. The reception and silent auction are scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m., with dinner and the live auction to follow at 7:30 p.m.

Special guests include sports celebrities, New York Giants players, coaches and alumni, and scholarship award winning pediatric oncology patients with their families. Attendees are encouraged to wear business or favorite football team attire.

“We are thrilled to honor two members of our community who are titans of support for families tackling childhood cancer,” said Tom Coughlin, founder of the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund. "We celebrate their accomplishments and we salute our patients and their families for their courage and grace as they deal with the many realities that accompany childhood cancer.”

For more details and the latest event updates, including instructions on how to make a donation, please visit tcjayfund.org and follow the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund on all social media outlets by searching @tcjayfund. For those interested in table and ticket information, please click here.

About the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation
The Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation was created in 1996 in honor of Jay McGillis. Jay was a special young man who developed leukemia while a member of Coach Coughlin's team at Boston College. In the eight months between Jay's diagnosis and the day he lost his battle with cancer, the Coughlin family saw first-hand the physical, emotional and financial strains the illness caused the McGillis family. After going through the tragic events with Jay's family, Coach Coughlin vowed that if he ever had the chance, he would create a way to help families with children battling cancer. Coach Coughlin kept his vow and started a foundation to be there in Jay's honor, providing financial and emotional support. Since then, the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund has evolved in size and scope, helping thousands of families in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area who are tackling childhood cancer. For more information, please visit tcjayfund.org.

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