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Taylor Swift Helps Lucky Fan With Student Loans

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Taylor Swift greeting her loyal fans.

Taylor Swift has already made a name for herself for her catchy pop music, and now the star is gaining serious traction as one of the most philanthropic-minded celebrities out there today. Swift has always been very open about how much she values her fans, and lately, she’s taken this appreciation to new heights by making efforts to personally thank some of them in truly creative ways.

Swift’s latest effort to thank one lucky fan involved handmade gifts, photos, and funds to help start chipping away at her college loans. “Swift, who has a reputation for being super-generous with her fans, just helped one Swiftie pay her student loans” reports The Huffington Post. Various media outlets call Swift’s unprecedented fan appreciation “#taylurking,” because of how she finds fans on social media that go above and beyond to support her music, and then surprises them with gifts in equally impressive ways.

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Not only is Taylor Swift a popular musician, she’s a model for celebrity philanthropy. Image: Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com

Her most recent gift was hand-delivered to Rebekah Bortniker by Swift’s bodyguard. It included a watercolor painting that Swift created, a Polaroid photo, a necklace with a note that said “was mine, now yours,” a “New York Is My Boyfriend” tote bag, and, in a nod to her most recent album 1989, a check for $1,989.

“I really really really really hope you like it,” wrote Swift in a handwritten card inside the package. “I’m not a good painter but I think you’re so beautiful and positive, even though you’re dealing with the stress life brings, so I wanted to make you something.”

This kind of personalized thank-you might seem over the top, but it’s something that Swift has been doing for some time now. Over the holidays, the singer surprised some of her biggest Tumblr fans with Christmas presents and handwritten notes, for example. Swift has also been donating significant funds to worthy causes for many years, even during the earliest stage of her career.

Learn more about Swift’s charitable contributions in our full profile of the singer.

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Annual Charity Day Event Raises $12 Million on 9/11

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Earlier this month, Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., in partnership with BGC Partners, Inc., raised $12 million for charities around the world during its annual Charity Day on September 11. Every year since the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11, BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald commemorate the loss of over 700 employees in the tragedy by distributing 100% of their combined global revenues to dozens of charities around the world.

Cantor Fitzgerald was headquartered on floors 101 and 105 of One World Trade Center on 9/11. A devastating two-thirds of the company’s New York workforce was wiped out in the 9/11 attacks, so for them, the anniversary of this tragic day hits especially close to home.

“Every year on Charity Day we support many worthwhile charities around the world, turning a tragic anniversary into a positive and uplifting day,” said Howard Lutnick, Chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald and BGC Partners. According to the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund, which is a beneficiary of annual Charity Day donations, the annual charity event has raised approximately $113 million globally since its inception.

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Many celebrities came to support Charity Day. / Image: via Instagram.

Charity Day continues to attract celebrities and primary philanthropists each year, in addition to company clients. Says Shawn P. Matthews, Chief Executive Officer of Cantor Fitzgerald & Co., “We are very grateful to our clients for their ongoing support of Charity Day. I’d like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of our celebrity guests who graciously donated their time today, and to our clients and employees who helped to make Charity Day such an overwhelming success.”

Celebrities in attendance included “Jake Gyllenhaal, Ben Stiller, Michelle Williams, Ed Burns, Steve Buscemi, Michael J. Fox, Idina Menzel, Gina Gershon, Chazz Palminteri, AnnaSophia Robb, John Slattery, Patrick Wilson, Annalynne McCord and Zosia Mamet, to name just a few,” according to a Charity Day press release. Leading athletes, models, journalists, and politicians were also in attendance.

For more information about the annual event, read this press release from the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund.