Public officials like Eddy and Lewis became the center of the reunion in a presentation on the tornado relief effort. During a montage of news footage of the storm’s aftermath, several members of the audience excused themselves from the room.
“I had to leave when they started the film,” said John Taylor, a class of ’73 alumnus whose house had its roof and chimney torn off. “I didn’t want to see it again, y’know. It’s hard.”
At the door of the conference hall, “Restore Moore” T-shirts were sold to raise money for area relief organizations. The shirts were produced by Restore Joplin, an organization formed after the 2011 Joplin, Mo., tornado event. Sales raised more than $1,000 on the evening of the reunion, said Steve Shrum, volunteer T-shirt vendor.
“This reunion represents a lot of different people who experienced damage,” said Eddy. “It represents the people of Moore, proud to be from Moore. ... We all have a strong sense that we’re going to recover fine.”