Celebrities and CIBC unite for a day of fundraising to make 365 days of miracles happen
TORONTO, NEW YORK, LONDON, Dec. 10, 2015 /CNW/ - Actor and youth mentor Mark Wahlberg joined CIBC (CM: TSX) (CM: NYSE) today taking to Twitter to announce that on its 31st anniversary, CIBC Miracle Day raised $6 million in support of children's charities around the globe. On the first Wednesday of every December, CIBC traders and advisors donate their trading fees and commissions to make miracles happen for kids-in-need.
Events were held on CIBC trading floors and offices in Toronto, New York, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, London and Hong Kong. From Rachel McAdams to Michael Irvin, John Salley and John Starks, celebrities and sports stars alike joined traders to make client calls, participate in cheque donations and most importantly meet with kids, taking the time to brighten their day.
"The $6 million raised this year will go a very long way in improving the lives of children in our communities," says Harry Culham, Senior Executive Vice-President and Group Head Capital Markets, and Chair of the CIBC Children's Foundation. "It is the tremendous dedication and generosity of our clients, employees and celebrities in supporting hundreds of charities that helps kids rise above and reach their full potential."
"What started over 30 years ago with a handful of CIBC Wood Gundy advisors sharing a vision that every child should experience the joy of the holiday season has grown into a tradition and legacy we are all very proud of," says Steve Geist, Senior Executive Vice-President and Group Head, Wealth Management. "Since 1984, CIBC Miracle Day has raised nearly $234 million to help transform the lives of kids who need it most in communities across the globe and this year in Canada alone more than 550 charities will benefit."
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CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with 11 million personal banking and business clients. CIBC and our employees are committed to the social and economic development of our communities, with a focus on Kids, Cures and Community. In 2014, CIBC supported over 420 communities across Canada, contributing more than $42 million to 1,780 charitable and non-profit initiatives, including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, the CIBC Children's Foundation and United Way. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC on our corporate website at www.cibc.com/ca/media-centre/.
About CIBC Miracle Day
CIBC Miracle Day is the annual flagship fundraising event for the CIBC Children's Foundation. On CIBC Miracle Day, CIBC's Capital Markets employees and CIBC Wood Gundy Investment Advisors donate their fees and commissions to organizations that support kids in our communities. Through the efforts of employees and clients $5.5 million was raised in 2014, for a total of nearly $80 million donated to hundreds of children's charities across Canada since 1984. To learn more, visit www.cibc.com/miracleday.
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