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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.



Wings Co-Chair John Schwall Proud to Support Wings Through IEX Block Trading Day October 15th



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IEX Block Day to Generate Funds and Exposure for the Fifteenth Annual Gala on Oct. 22, 2015.

Event Has Raised over $10.7 Million Since Inception.

 NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2015 – IEX, the first equity trading venue seeded by a consortium of buy-side investors, including mutual funds, hedge funds, and family offices, will host Block Day on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 with all funds generated going to support MDA’s Wings Over Wall Street®, the largest charitable gala benefitting finding a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), most commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

"Growing up, my mother encouraged my sisters and me to spend many of our weekends raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. My mother later succumbed to ALS, but not before gifting me with a lifelong sense of purpose.  I'm honored to serve as 2015 Co-Chair for Wings Over Wall Street, the preeminent event for raising awareness and support to find a cure for ALS." Said John Schwall, COO and Co-Founder of IEX.

In support of John’s personal connection to the fight against ALS, IEX will host this day of block trading. IEX will give away all revenues associated with block trades on its venue. Block trades are defined as trades of at least 10,000 shares or notional value of at least $200,000 (which typically represents 10-12% of IEX volume).  To ensure that MDA receives any incremental revenue on IEX related to this event, IEX will also donate all non-block revenue from Block Day in excess of the trailing 5-day average.

To promote IEX Block Day and to rally street support, Jon “DRJ” Najarian, CNBC Market Analyst and Wings Committee member will be broadcasting live from the floor of IEX on the day of the event. Mr. Najarian will also be honored with the Michael P. Beier Award at the Wings gala, on October 22nd.

"We are proud to support John's commitment to MDA and fighting ALS.  We are honored to host IEX Block Day as a way for IEX and our supporters to get behind such an important cause." said Brad Katsuyama, IEX CEO and Co-Founder.

Investment firms can trade on IEX via 170 broker dealer firms – which includes all of the bulge bracket banks – broadening the financial community’s ability to participate in the event.

About MDA’s Wings Over Wall Street®

MDA’s Wings Over Wall Street® is an annual cocktail benefit to fund research to cure Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. This event, now in its 15th year is one of the largest Muscular Dystrophy events in the country and has already provided over $10.7 million to MDA’s ALS Division Research Grants Program including the distinguished teams at The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Research Center at Columbia and The Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins. This year’s gala will take place on Thursday, October 22nd 2015 at The Lighthouse, Chelsea Piers.

For ticket and sponsorship information please visit here

 About MDA

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of people with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. MDA does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising, summer camps and other local engagement.

 Visit for more information and to follow us on all social media channels.              Twitter: @MDAnews




IEX Group Announces Block Day on 10/15/15 To Support Wings

Your support for using trading venue IEX will dramatically impact the amount of funds that will be put into the hands of dedicated ALS researchers.  Please spread the word!

For more info, please click here


SAVE THE DATE! MDA's Wings Over Wall Street® 2015 Takes Flight!!!

The 15th Annual MDA's Wings Over Wall Street® Takes Flight!!!!

We are excited to announce that the 15th Annual MDA's Wings Over Wall Street® will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM at The Lighthouse, Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers. Please join us in the fight against ALS and have a great time while doing it! Mark your calendars and spread the word! 


Wings Mourns the Loss of Norma Steck-Hess: 2002 Michael P. Beier Award Recipient

Last week, the Wings Family lost another person with ALS, whose spirit, courage, and grace made our lives much richer. Norma Steck-Hess, the Wings 2002 Michael P. Beier Award Recipient, passed away after an extended battle against ALS that spanned over 16 years. She worked hard to support ALS organizations, in addition to Wings, and was a fixture for many years on the Ride For Life. Norma cared about people, was curious about so many things, and always had a smile for everyone. She will be missed, but her fight against ALS will continue with her memory driving all of us at Wings towards a cure. We send our sincerest condolences to Norma's family and friends.

Receiving the Wings Michael P. Beier Award in 2002

photo taken at A Mid Winter Night's Dream


Wings Mourns the Loss of One of Our Own; Ken Heath

The Wings Family mourns the loss of a dear friend and a dedicated, passionate, and vital part of our organization.  Ken has been a humble driving force behind the success of our efforts.  His commitment to fighting ALS never waivered, even as his own health became compromised.  While he will be sorely missed, his smile, passion, generosity, selflessness and love are treasures that all who knew him get to keep.  Please visit this link to view Ken's obituary in the Stamford Advocate.

From all of us at Wings, we send our love and condolences to the Heath family during this very difficult time.

Kenneth W. Heath, July 5, 1940 - November 4, 2014

 If you would like to donate to Wings Over Wall Street in honor of Ken's amazing advocacy, dedication and commitment to the cause, please click here.


14th Annual MDA's Wings Over Wall Street® - Hot Off the Presses!

Media Contact:

Nicole Dupuis/(212)682-5272

October 7, 2014



Wings Over Wall Street Has Exceeded the $10 Million Mark In Funds Raised For ALS Research In Its 14-Year Existence

NEW YORK, NY – Weekend Sportscaster on WCBS New York, Steve Overmyer, will emcee the Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) 14th Annual Wings Over Wall Street®, alongside special guest host from CNBC and cofounder of TradeMONSTER, Jon Najarian. Wings Over Wall Street is a benefit for MDA to fund research for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) -- commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The 2014 MDA's Wings Over Wall Street will take place at Edison Ballroom – 240 West 47th Street on Thursday, October 9th, 2014 from 5:30-9:30. p.m. Tickets are still available and will be available at the door for $300.This year’s event will feature a silent auction, raffle and live entertainment from Wall Street Bands including “The Trading Band”, “FUN Ghouls,” and more.

In its 14th year, MDA’s Wings Over Wall Street will be honoring Kim Unger CEO of the Security Traders Association of New York, with the Michael P. Beier award, Dr. Timothy Miller of Washington University‘s Laboratory of ALS Research with the Diamond Award ,the Dick Carrington Family with the Spirit Award. MDA will also be recognizing Kenneth W. Heath of Trader’s Magazine with the Humanitarian Award.

Many leading Wall Street firms and other companies will support MDA’s 2014 Wings Over Wall Street, including: Bloomberg, Weeden & Co., Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, Liquidnet, Guggenheim Partners, CNA, USI Affinity and many more.

The evening will feature a silent auction with unique experiences, art and memorabilia as well as a raffle for a dinner for eight (8) at Le Cirque’s exclusive Chef’s Table where a $500 wine allowance is also included. Raffle tickets are $100.

ALS is a progressive motor neuron disease that causes weakness and muscle wasting and can lead to complete paralysis with an average three-to-five year survival rate. Founded by those with ALS and their friends and families, MDA’s Wings Over Wall Street benefit is a special annual fundraiser for the Wall Street and financial communities and has put over $10 million in the hand of ALS researchers since its inception in 2001.

MDA is the world leader in the fight against ALS, dedicating $325 million to ALS research and health care services in the past six decades. The Association currently is funding 50 ALS research projects at a cost of more than $15 million. MDA’s ALS Division mission is to find treatments and cures. This means not only funding excellent basic research, but also capitalizing on this pipeline with programs targeted to each phase of research required to move promising projects out of the labs and into the clinic.

Funds have been invested into the most advanced research in the field. MDA’s ALS Division, The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA /ALS Center at Columbia University and The Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins University continue to make major strides in the pursuit of a breakthrough as a direct result of the support of MDA’s Wings Over Wall Street®.

For additional information about MDA's 2014 Wings Over Wall Street, please visit, or contact Nicole Dupuis at: 212-682-5272 or

About MDA

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education. The majority of contributions to MDA come from individual donors.

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Basketball Legend Walt "Clyde" Frazier to Attend Wings

MDA's Wings Over Wall Street is thrilled to announce that Knicks broadcaster and basketball legend Walt Frazier will be attending the 2014 Wings Gala at the Edison Ballroom on 47th Street in NYC next Thursday, October 9, 2014. Basketball fans are encouraged to buy their tickets to Wings now so they don't miss this chance to join Walt in helping to find a cure for ALS.

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