Models, athletes, and actors took over BTIG's trading floor and surprised a lot of clients

Clint Spaudling/PatrickMcMullan.comHannah Davis makes a call on the floor of BTIG.

Clients of equities trading firm BTIG received some unexpected calls this Tuesday, April 28, as celebrities likeAlex Rodriguez and Padma Lakshmi worked to “make a call, make a trade, and make a difference.”

There for the firm’s 13th annual Charity Day, 50 plus A-listers helped raise over $US5 million for philanthropic causes around the world.

Among the “celebrity guest traders” was model Hannah Davis, New York Giant Eli Manning, “Sex and the City” star Kristin Davis, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, chef Geoffrey Zakarian, and, towering above them all, retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, who has been working the event since its inception in 2003.

Alex Rodriguez's commission went to Boys and Girls Club of America.

Hamptonite Beth Stern's commission went to the North Shore Animal League.

Food Network star Geoffrey Zakarian's commission went to New York's City Harvest.

Hannah Davis' commission went to fellow model Petra Nemcova's Happy Hearts Fund.

Eli Manning's commission went to brother Peyton's Peyback Foundation.

Kristin Davis' commission will help save elephants and black rhinos via The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Mariano Rivera's commission went to his own Mariano Rivera Foundation.

Miss USA Nia Sanchez's commission went to educational non-profit Project Sunshine.

Padma Lakshmi's commission went to The Endometriosis Foundation of America, which she co-founded.

Shaquille O'Neal's commission went to his mother's charity, the Odessa Chambliss Quality of Life Fund, which helps nursing students earn their degrees.

Seen here with BTIG co-founder Steven Starker, Kelly Rutherford's commission will help children with cleft and lip palate via the Smile Train organisation.

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