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Empire State Realty Trust, Turkish Airlines, the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation to Ring the NYSE Opening Bell

Ceremony to Highlight 42nd Annual Empire State Building Run-Up

NEW YORK, May 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (ESRT), a real estate investment trust with office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, today announced its executives, joined by representatives from Turkish Airlines, athletes from the Challenged Athletes Foundation and representatives from the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, will ring the NYSE Opening Bell® this morning in celebration of the 42nd Annual Empire State Building Run-Up (ESBRU) Presented by Turkish Airlines Powered by the Challenged Athletes Foundation. The race will take place on Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

Present at the NYSE Opening Bell ceremony are:

  • Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman and CEO; John B. Kessler, President and Chief Operating Officer; David A. Karp, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Thomas P. Durels, Executive Vice President, Real Estate; and Thomas N. Keltner, Jr., Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary 
  • Cenk Ocal, General Manager; Abdullah Bugra Erarslan, Marketing Manager; Mustafa Bayram, Accounting Manager; Gokhan Ocak, Marketing Representative; Esen Obuz Bilgin, Sales Manager; Murat Kucuk, Station Manager; Bahadir Manastir, Station Manager (Turkish Airlines)
  • Doug Olson, Senior Director of Development; Scott Stackman, Board of Directors; Jason Karavidas, Business Development Manager; Justin Model, Advisory Board; Roderick Sewell, CAF Challenged Athlete; Gabriel Cardier, CAF Challenged Athlete; Kelly Worrell, CAF Challenged Athlete (Challenged Athletes Foundation)
  • Paul Giusti, President and CEO; Laura Gilman, VP of Events; Sally Kalksma, MMRF Supporter; Rick Birdoff, MMRF Supporter; Vickie Birdoff, MMRF Supporter; Bill McHugh, MMRF Supporter; Eric Gelber, MMRF Supporter (Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation)

The ringing of the NYSE Opening Bell highlights the partnership between Empire State Realty Trust and Turkish Airlines in their second year of collaboration on the ESBRU, which is known as the pinnacle event in global tower running.

Returning as the official charity partner of the ESBRU is the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). Thirty-five runners will participate and fundraise in support of CAF's work to help people with physical challenges access sports and an active lifestyle. Five challenged athletes from across the country will race up the 1,576 steps and 86 floors.

This year, Empire State Realty Trust is also announcing their partnership with the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) as a charity partner. Twenty-five runners will join the race to raise awareness and help raise funds to find a cure for the disease by participating in the Empire State Building Run-Up.

The Opening Bell participants will wear the official 2019 ESBRU logo t-shirts. The bell will ring at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time and can be viewed live on the NYSE's website at https://nyse.nyx.com/the-bell/todays-bells-live. Photos and video of the NYSE Bell Ringing Ceremony will be available, courtesy of the NYSE, on Facebook (@NYSE) and Twitter (@NYSE).

About Empire State Realty Trust 
Empire State Realty Trust, Inc. (ESRT), a leading real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, manages, operates, acquires and repositions office and retail properties in Manhattan and the greater New York metropolitan area, including the Empire State Building, the "World's Most Famous Building." Headquartered in New York, New York, the Company's office and retail portfolio covers 10.1 million rentable square feet, as of March 31, 2019, consisting of 9.4 million rentable square feet in 14 office properties, including nine in Manhattan, three in Fairfield County, Connecticut, and two in Westchester County, New York; and approximately 700,000 rentable square feet in the retail portfolio. 

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