Game Knights Heroes is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide comfort and assistance to grievously wounded soldiers during their difficult and lengthy time of recovery. In an effort to provide a more “at home” environment to soldiers undergoing painful surgeries, recuperation and physical therapy, GKH sends volunteers to military hospitals to distribute electronic devices such as iPads, iPods and game systems. Additionally, GKH’s volunteers spend time with wounded soldiers and their families to hear their stories, provide financial support and remind them that their heroic efforts are deeply appreciated and will never be forgotten.
Founded in 2011, Game Knights Heroes was created by Brandon Lutnick who had spent his childhood watching the charitable efforts of his father, Howard Lutnick, on behalf of victims of catastrophic events. Howard’s company, Cantor Fitzgerald, suffered the devastating loss of 658 employees, including Howard’s younger brother, in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. In the immediate aftermath, Howard and his remaining partners established the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund to financially and emotionally support the 658 families who lost loved ones on that terrible day. In the years since 9/11, and with the help of a rebuilt Cantor Fitzgerald, the Relief Fund has distributed over $280 Million and has shifted its mission to provide direct financial support for other families suffering loss from catastrophes, including Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, and the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.
In 2008, Brandon’s older brother, Kyle, established Game Knights, Inc., (www.gameknights.org) a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping seriously ill children in hospitals. As the younger brother, Brandon often accompanied Kyle and his volunteers on their visits to children’s hospitals where they would distribute hand-held electronic devices and game systems to ailing children. Inspired by the difference such a small gesture could make on a young child’s painful experience, Brandon thought Game Knights' mission could be expanded to support wounded members of the military who selflessly put their lives and futures at risk for their country. He created Game Knights Heroes as a way to say thank you to America’s true heroes who have set a proud standard for our nation.
Increasing his charitable efforts, Brandon took over the reins of Game Knights, Inc. in the fall of 2014 when Kyle left for college. He has continued to visit children's hospitals around the New York City area, providing games and devices to help comfort patients during their stay.