The New York based children’s charity A Leg To Stand On (“ALTSO”) held successful annual fundraisers in New York and Chicago, raising more than half a million dollars with all net profits going to support ALTSO’s work of providing free orthopedic treatment to disabled children in developing market countries around the world. In total, close to 2,000 guests attended the two fundraiser events — ALTSO’s 5th Annual Rocktoberfest in Chicago, held at City Winery on October 6, and ALTSO’s 13th Annual Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest in New York at the Hard Rock Café on October 27 – where members of the hedge fund and financial services industry performed two nights of rock & roll and acoustic music.

“We are so proud and humbled by all the support ALTSO receives, both at our two signature Rocktoberfest events and throughout the year,” says C. Mead Welles, CEO of hedge fund Octagon Asset Management, and Co-Founder of ALTSO. “It means so much to us and to the children that our work helps. Plus, we enjoy hosting our supporters at such a fun event for such an important cause.”

“We’d like to thank our event committee for all their efforts in executing the most successful Rocktoberfest events to date, as well as each of the amazing performers for putting on such an energetic show, and for being fantastic ambassadors of ALTSO’s work; their talent and generosity has a meaningful and direct impact on our mission,” says Gabriella Mueller, Executive Director of ALTSO. “And of course, we are especially grateful to our sponsors, without whom none of this work would be possible.” Rocktoberfest and Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest 2016 lead sponsors include Back In The Game Therapy, CGI, CME Group, Intercontinental Exchange and SociétéGénérale.

Other 2016 Rocktoberfest and Hedge Fund Rocktoberfest 2016 sponsors include: ABN Amro, ADM Investor Services, Asset Inventories, BlackRock, BNP Paribas, Broadridge, CBOE, Cortland Capital, Cowen Prime Services, Credit Suisse, Eurex, Felice, Geneva Trading, GlobeTax, Goldman Sachs, Jacobs Asset Management, JP Morgan, KBW, Lyxor Asset Management, MKP Capital, NASDAQ, OCC, Piper Jaffray, Quanteam, RTP Technology, Sandler Capital, Talan LLC, Wedbush, Weeden Prime, Wells Fargo, and others.

Founded in 2002 by C. Mead Welles and Dr. Dinesh Patel, Chief of Arthroscopic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School, ALTSO today has 11 programs in 9 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 the following year. Since its inception ALTSO has provided treatment to more than 15,000 children.

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