November 28, 2023

A Leg To Stand On’s Rocktoberfest Series Raises $1 MM to Provide Mobility to Children in Developing World

A Leg To Stand On’s (ALTSO's) annual Rocktoberfest events, held in New York and Chicago, raised over $1 million this year to provide free prosthetic limbs, orthotic braces, and appropriately fitted wheelchairs to children living with disabilities in developing countries. This marks a momentous milestone for ALTSO, who is also celebrating their 20th anniversary and the 22,600 children they have treated since 2003. 

ALTSO’s 12th Annual Rocktoberfest-Chicago, held on October 5th at City Winery, and 20th Anniversary Rocktoberfest-NYC, held on October 19th at the Hard Rock Cafe, united over 2,000 advocates from the financial services industry who gathered to ‘rock for good’ to live music performed by industry leaders.  

Ray Bloch Productions, a NYC-based live event production company renowned for creating and producing meaningful corporate events including The SALT Conference, Crypto Bahamas, and many more Fortune 500 company events, proudly served as the Exclusive Production Partner for ALTSO’s Rocktoberfest-NYC. Their 70 years of exceptional production expertise set the stage for a memorable and remarkable anniversary celebration. 

In alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, ALTSO's events demonstrate their community’s commitment to building a more inclusive and sustainable world. The success of this year’s Rocktoberfest series will help ALTSO increase their patient enrollment next year, helping to build a world with reduced inequalities, improved accessibility, and upward mobility for children everywhere

A.J. Warco, ALTSO’s Director of Programs, shared, “We extend our heartfelt thanks to our community of advocates. The resounding success of this year’s events will elevate our capacity to provide high-quality care to every child within our 11 programs. The power to change lives lies within each one of us. The difference you are making in the lives of our CoolKids, their families, and their greater communities is nothing short of remarkable."

Rocktoberfest sponsors fuel ALTSO’s mission. This year’s sponsors include ABN Amro, ARB Trading Group, ADM Investor Services, Baird, Barchart, Belvedere Trading, Berenberg Capital, Bloomberg, BNP Paribas, BTIG, Cboe, Citi, Clear Street, CME Group, DV Trading, Element Capital, Gate 39 Media, GlobeTax, Guggenheim Securities, Intercontinental Exchange, Jacobs Asset Management, Janney Montgomery Scott, Jefferies, KRM22, Liquidnet, Morgan Stanley, Nomura, NYSE, OCC, OpenBet, Piper Sandler & Co, Prime Trading, Quanteam, Ray Bloch Productions, RBC, Shure, Sound Advice, SteelEye, Stifel, Susquehanna Financial Group, Syntax, TD Cowen a division of TD Securities, Virtu, Wedbush, and Wells Fargo.

Carla Dawson, Chief Human Resources Officer at OCC, Exclusive GLOW sponsor at Rocktoberfest-Chicago, said, “We have been a proud Rocktoberfest sponsor since 2015 and were pleased to continue our support this year. Our employees had an incredible time rocking for good together in support of ALTSO’s work to provide healthcare to children with disabilities around the world.” 

This record-breaking fundraising year was made possible with support from Phaidon International, whose staff generously volunteered to lead ALTSO’s fundraising series at both events, helping to change the lives of children all over the world.

Jack Trudeau, Global Head of Partnerships at Phaidon International said “At Phaidon International, we are dedicated to giving back and investing in our local communities. ALTSO’s mission is one that we wholeheartedly support. Not only did we have a few dozen employees support at both events, but we raised a record-breaking amount of money to help ALTSO’s CoolKids. I am exceptionally proud of our team's dedication and passion, which made this achievement possible.” 

The success of this year's events serves as a powerful call to action for all to consider the impact they can make. This Giving Tuesday, ALTSO encourages new advocates, sponsors, and corporate partners to join their mission in creating a more inclusive world for children in need. Learn more at or reach out to the ALTSO team at

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