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Wings Gala and Auction on October 27th Features Shark Tank and Hamilton 

On October 27, 2016, Wings will hold its 16th Annual Gala to unlock the cure for ALS. Part of the Gala includes live and silent auctions. This year, Wings is thrilled to announce two unbelievable live auction items:

Dinner with Shark Tank's Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O'Leary, with you and 2 friends at Ocean Prime

Two tickets to the December 13th performance of Hamilton, Row F, Orchestra

To bid on these and our other terrific auction items, you need to be at Wings. So buy a ticket today and have a chance to dine with Mr. Wonderful or see Hamilton. You won't get this opportunity anywhere else.


Founder of Ride4Life Provides a Motivating Essay

Anniversary of Hope

Chris Pendergast, ALS Patient
Ride For Life Founder & President

Hope is the most powerful force we possess. With it mountains are moved and miracles are realized. I once read, “Hope will never leave you, it is you that will abandon it!”

On Columbus Day, I received the long awaited telephone call from my doctor who delivered the devastating diagnosis. I plunged into a dark, frightening world. Medicine offered nothing. The prognosis was bone chillingly grim. The advice given to me, “Put your life in order.”  Sound advice according to most since ALS is considered hopeless. Patients are expected to die within a few years of diagnosis.

I turned to my family, my friends and my faith. They were my reservoir of strength. Quietly, I held fast to a glimmering feeling deep within me. I hoped. There was no plan, or expectation. I had no vision of the future.  I did not expect a cure. All I had was an indefinable but unshakeable sense of hope. Though afraid, I took each day as it came and considered it a gift. Eight thousand, three hundred and ninety five days later, each day continues to be a gift.

Tuesday begins my 24th year of living with ALS. I celebrated my anniversary of living with good friends , delicious food and a glorious setting at the Cowfish restaurant on Shinnecock Bay. Life poses great challenges but is precious and worth living, even with the struggle.  Although now 67 and quite disabled, I continue to hope, for God is indeed good. 

I hope for my wife.  I hope for my children and grandchild. I hope for patients newly diagnosed. I hope for the dedicated researchers.

Also, I hope for all of you who read this. Remember, it is people who abandon hope. It will never abandon you. It has been at my side this whole remarkable  journey.


IEX Announces K-Day for Wings on October 27, 2016

IEX Group, Inc., a Wings Sponsor since 2012 when IEX was founded, is holding a special trading day for MDA's Wings Over Wall Street on October 27, 2016, the day of the 16th Annual Wings Gala. IEX's K-Day for Wings means that every 1,000 share print on IEX contributes to a donation to Wings. K-Day follows IEX's successful block trading day in 2015, which resulted in a $50,000 donation to Wings. This year, a block trade is not required, only a trade of 1,000 shares on the IEX exchange. The more you trade 1,000 shares on IEX the more Wings will receive to fund ALS research.

Here's how it works: On IEX "K-Day," please help us support Wings Over Wall Street by optimizing your interactions to increase the potential for trades of at least 1,000 shares.  The calculation for IEX’s “K-Day” donation are total shares traded via all trades of at least 1,000 shares multiplied by $0.0009.  Trades involving displayed shares and broker self-crosses will count towards this donation.

John Schwall, IEX's co-founder and COO, is being honored on October 27th at Wings with the. Michael P. Beier Award. Please support John and IEX and trade via the IEX exchange on October 27th so that every 1,000 share trade will result in an increased donation to Wings to help us unlock the cure for ALS.

Monday, October 10, 2016

IEX "K-Day" Benefiting Wings Over Wall Street 2016

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On Thursday, October 27th, 2016, IEX will host "K-Day", where every trade of at least 1,000 shares executed on IEX contributes towards a donation to Wings Over Wall Street, a non-profit organization that has raised over $10.7 million to find a cure for ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease).

The calculation for this donation are total shares traded, double-counted, via all executions of at least 1,000 shares multiplied by $0.0009. Trades involving displayed shares and broker self-crosses will count towards this donation.

Support Wings Over Wall Street

MDA's Wings Over Wall Street is one of the most successful Muscular Dystrophy Association benefits to fund research to find a cure for ALS.

Please help us support Wings Over Wall Street by (a) on IEX "K-Day", optimizing your interactions to increase the potential for trades of at least 1,000 shares, and (b) sponsoring the Wings Over Wall Street Gala, which takes place October 27th at The Lighthouse, Chelsea Piers, or making a donation here.

Where can I learn more?

About IEX

Dedicated to institutionalizing fairness in the markets, IEX provides a more balanced marketplace via simplified market structure design and cutting-edge technology. IEX operates a fair-access platform accessible by any qualified broker dealer. IEX is driven by a team of cross-industry experts with backgrounds spanning market venues, electronic trading, and broker-dealers. IEX is the first equity trading venue seeded exclusively by a consortium of buy-side investors, including mutual funds, hedge funds, and family offices. Learn more at:


Wings 2016 Title Sponsor Is Announced

The Wings Family is pleased to welcome as its 2016 Title Sponsor MT Pharma America. This Title Sponsorship demonstrate's MT Pharma America's leadership and commitment to unlocking the cure for ALS. MT Pharma America is a member of Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation, a leading worldwide pharma company. Driven by sound scientific processes and research, MT Pharma America brings a global perspective to medical solutions for patients living in the United States.

Special thanks goes to Wings Executive Committee member AJ Aralihalli who introduced MT Pharma America to Wings. MT Pharma America joins a growing list of financial services, insurance and other companies in sponsoring Wings 2016. Wings' flagship event, its 2016 Wings Over Wall Street Gala, will take place on October 27, 2016 at The Lighthouse, Pier 61, Chelsea Piers. For more information, contact the MDA or visit our website at 


Wings Mourns the Passing of Jay Fishman

Jay Fishman, fomer CEO and current Chairman of Travelers Cos., succumbed to ALS on Friday, August 19, 2016. Jay as a leader in the insurance and financial services industry and a great friend to many charities. After being diagnosed with ALS, Jay formed a new ALS research funding initiative, called Answer ALS, which provided significant research funds for The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins. Wings also funds the Packard Center. You can read more about Jay and Answer ALS here.

Jay's leadership in both seeking a cure for ALS and in the insurance and financial industries will be sorely missed. 


Wings 2016 to Include a Wine Pull

Are you a wine connoisseur? Do you like a nice glass of wine with your meal or just to relax in the evening? Well, we have the event for you. At Wings 2016 there will be a Wine Pull. What's a Wine Pull you ask? A Wine Pull is an opportunity to pick a bottle of wine randomly in exchange for a $25 donation at Wings 2016. You might pick an average bottle of wine or a spectacular bottle of wine for the same donation cost. Our hope is to have 200 bottles rated at 90+. It's a great opportunity to add to your wine collection while at the same time helping to fund a cure for ALS. 

Wine Pull – Everyone is a winner!!

Every Wine Pull ticket wins a bottle of wine!!

It’s easy. Buy a Wine Pull ticket for $25, then select a number that corresponds to a bottle. You automatically win the bottle that corresponds to that number.

Buy four tickets for $100 and get a bonus pull.

Additionally, you can help Wings 2016 by donating a bottle or a case of wine to the Wings Wine Pull. Just use the Wine Pull Donation Form to make your donation. Donations are due by October 1, 2016. And then join us on October 27th and make a Wine Pull yourself!


2015 Wings Spirit Award Winner Profiled on News12 Connecticut

2015 Wings Spirit Award Winner Karen Condron was profiled by News12 Connecticut. Watch the inspirational video.



TechSmart Trader Article Highlights Wings History And 2016 Gala/Mission

This article appeared in TECHSMARTTRADER.COM



Squire Patton Boggs’ Partner Larry Schiffer Celebrates 15 Years of Raising Funds for ALS Research

Fifteen years ago, when Squire Patton Boggs New York partner Larry Schiffer’s sister-in-law, Toni Diamond, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), she and Mr. Schiffer’s brother, Warren Schiffer, were determined to raise funds to find treatments and a cure for ALS. Shortly after, Ms. Diamond’s disease progression accelerated and she was forced to go on a ventilator to breathe. Mr. Schiffer was approached by his brother to take the reins on the fundraising gala, while he cared for his wife 24/7 for nearly five years. She died from ALS in 2004.

Today, MDA’s Wings Over Wall Street is one of the most successful fundraisers for ALS research having put nearly US$11 million in the hands of the ALS researchers from The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins, the Eleanor & Lou Gehrig ALS Research Center at Columbia University and the ALS Research Grants program of the MDA’s ALS Division.

On October 22, 2015, at the fabulous Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, Wings celebrated its 15th Anniversary co-chaired by John Schwall, COO of IEX Group, Inc. and Lisa Utasi, Director and Senior Equity Trader at Clearbridge Investments. The Gala honored John Najarian from CNBC and with the Michael P. Beier Award, Dr. James Berry, Co-Director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic, with the Diamond Award, and Karen Condron, artist and PALS, with the Spirit Award. Co-chairs Schwall and Utasi were also presented with special chairs awards by Warren and Larry Schiffer.

Mr. Schiffer said that the event was a significant milestone in ALS fundraising as Wings approaches the US$11 million mark and because of the significant number of drug trials and other therapies that are being tested because of the jumpstart on research provided over the past 15 years by fund raised at MDA’s Wings Over Wall Street.

“I am very proud to have played a small part in creating and developing one of the most important fundraisers for ALS research, but we still have a long way to go before we have a cure” said Mr. Schiffer. He urges those who would like to help cure ALS to join the Wings family and visit for more information or to make a donation.

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Themis Trading, LLC Joins The Fight Against ALS on Block Day, 10/15


ALS, WOWS, IEX, and Themis Trading


Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a very debilitating muscular disease that typically strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70. Approximately 20,000 Americans have the disease at any given time, and notable public figures that have been diagnosed with ALS include Lou Gehrig, Catfish Hunter, and Senator Jacob Javitz. Dear friends of ours have also been affected, including IEX’s John Schwall, whose dear mother Marilyn passed away from ALS in 2008.

Awareness for ALS took off globally in 2014 with the Ice Bucket Challenge. Our ALS nominating circle even brought together High Frequency Market Makers (Remco Lenterman and Virtu’s Doug Cifu), buyside heads of desks (T Rowe’s Clive Williams), Agency Brokerage firm founders (Themis’s Sal Arnuk), Exchange Operators (the IEX crew), and even Authors (Flash Boys author Michael Lewis). The global ALS Ice Bucket Challenge campaign raised over $70 million in 2014 for ALS research.

This year IEX is holding a Block Day on October 15th.

They will donate revenues from all block trades to Wings over Wall Street (WOWS). To promote IEX Block Day and to rally street support, CNBC’s Jon “DRJ” Najarian will be broadcasting live from the IEX floor.

We want to help IEX and WOWS raise money on Block Day.

On October 15th Themis Trading will additionally donate all our net commissions from our non-routable IEX trades we execute[i].

We ask your help. Partner with all of us! On October 15th won’t you make a special effort to trade with Themis, and send us orders to specifically rest on IEX?  We believe IEX is a fantastic venue that aids us in achieving best execution, and we are happy to interact with them in any manner of your choosing. We are one of the few high touch brokers who not only touch IEX algorithmically, but actually rest significant amounts of our clients’ order flow on IEX, and do so routinely, and additionally case by case at our customers’ request.

Help us make IEX Block Day a success. Help us help WOWS. And help us swing big and donate large to continue research and awareness for the very debilitating ALS.

[1] For example, if we trade 2,000,000 shares on IEX on October 15th, assuming a $0.02 commission less 9 mils, our donation will amount to about $38,000. If we trade double that, then that donation will be about $76,000. And if we trade 10,000 shares on IEX on October 15th, our donation will be $191.