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September 24, 2013

Moore families receive $1,000 gift cards from Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund

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NORMAN —

He also lost his younger brother in the attack.

“Like many of you in Oklahoma, we thought we had the most beautiful place to work,” Lutnick said.

In the aftermath of 9/11, his family and company vowed to take care of the families of those they had lost and gave 25 percent of profits to those families.

“You remember May 20 as a horrible and brutal day as we remember Sept. 11,” Lutnick said.

The relief fund was founded three days after the terrorist attacks.

The fund has since helped aid victims of national and international disaster including the victims of Hurricane Sandy, the earthquakes in Haiti and now Moore families.

During their annual Charity Day, company employees raised $12 million last year.

Lutnick was joined by Congressman Tom Cole, Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis, Moore City Manager Steve Eddy and Superintendent of Moore Public Schools Robert Romines to meet families and talk to the media.

Congressman Cole thanked Cantor Fitzgerald and said Oklahoma and New York couldn’t be more different from each other, but when it comes to response and compassion after a disaster, they are essentially the same.

“Nothing matches the compassion of the American people. You don’t know how lucky you are to be American until a bad day comes,” Cole said, thanking the visitors from New York.

Romines who has worked tirelessly to provide safety and normalcy for Moore students since May said he can’t express how much the help from New York means to the community.

“We didn’t completely comprehend the gift they were bringing until we met with them one morning,” Romines said.

“We’re about rebuilding with the understanding that we will never forget. These days were hard, and we are moving forward,” he said.

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