Philanthropic Finance Professionals Will Rock Out in Support of ALTSO’s Vital Work Helping Disabled Children in Developing Market Countries

This Thursday, October 6, more than 500 members of the investment management and financial services community will come together at Chicago’s City Winery for New York based children’s charity A Leg to Stand On (ALTSO). Supporters are set to enjoy a night of rock & roll and acoustic music performed by members of the Chicago investment management and financial services community.  All net profits go toward supporting ALTSO’s efforts, providing artificial limbs and minor surgeries to children in developing market countries, around the globe.

“Rocktoberfest is a great way for the trading community to raise money for a very worthy cause,” said CME Group Executive Chairman and President Terry Duffy. “CME Group has been very pleased to support this event in Chicago for the past five years.”  Now in its fifth year Rocktoberfest- Chicago has become a must attend charitable event. It will be followed three week later, on Thursday October 27, but ALTSO’s annual New York fundraiser Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest.

Among the bands and individuals performing at Chicago Rocktoberfest this year are: Age Against the Machine, Chicago Rock Exchange (@chicagorockexchange), Matt Scharpf (@matthewscharpf), The Operators, Rock Island Line (@rockislandlinechicago), The Simpletones and The Wrong Boys (@thewrongboys.) “OCC is proud to support the good works of ALTSO,” said Craig Donohue, Executive Chairman and CEO. “This opportunity to provide hope for children with disabilities aligns with our charitable mission of helping people at risk.”

Founded in 2002 by C. Mead Welles, CEO of hedge fund Octagon Asset Management, Dr. Dinesh Patel Chief of Arthroscopic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and is an Associate Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School, ALTSO today has programs in TK countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Each year, ALTSO receives requests for nearly 4,000 treatments and the proceeds from Rocktoberfest events directly determine the number of children that will be registered for treatment in 2017. Since its inception ALTSO has provided treatment to more than 15,000 children.

“Every year I am awed by the amount of enthusiasm ALTSO generates among its supporters,” says Welles, founder and CEO of New York based hedge fund Octagon Asset Management. “Rocktoberfest is so important for the work that we do. ALTSO depends on everyone who comes together for Chicago Rocktoberfest. from the musicians, to the audience and the generous sponsors volunteers that do such a fantastic job, so that the ALTSO team can go out and do what it does best. Helping the children.”

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