Ringing in the holiday season has never been so sweet. Yesterday when The New York Stock Exchange hosted Cookies for Kids’ Cancer to ring the closing bell, it was a record-breaking day for many reasons. The Dow closed at an all-time high of over 19,000. A gang of children on the podium were joined by founder Gretchen Holt Witt, and at exactly 4:00 p.m. when Ari Schlanger rang the bell and Taber Cannon brought the gavel down, they set the record for youngest people to ever have that honor.
That’s not all we’re ringing bells about. We are also celebrating the record-breaking $250,000 Challenge Gift Campaign happening now. The Challenge Gift, our largest ever, was made possible by the generosity of loyal donors Janette and David Liptak, who have pledged to match all money raised this holiday season up to $250,000. All donations, cookie orders, and grassroots events will be matched until the end of the year. Let’s all work towards a common goal so that on New Year’s Eve we’ll be ringing bells and popping champagne corks!
And last, but certainly not least, we are celebrating the announcement of the record-breaking day in our efforts to fund research aimed at pediatric cancers: the 2016 Cookies for Kids’ Cancer research grants. This year’s 11 grants to tremendously talented researchers across the country bring our grant total to nearly $12.5 million. That’s a lot of Good Cookies.
We were proud to ring the NYSE closing bell in honor of you. With your generosity and continued support we hope to make the 2016 holiday season record-breaking as well.