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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.



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! 

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