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Cantor Fitzgerald employees arrive with gift cards for tornado victims

Employees of the New York-based Cantor Fitzgerald financial services firm, which suffered devastating losses on 9/11, arrived Monday in Moore to deliver gift cards to families affected by the May 20 tornado.
by Jane Glenn Cannon Modified: September 23, 2013 at 5:26 pm •  Published: September 24, 2013

“It is through personal support that individuals and communities begin to heal. In the wake of our losses on 9/11, many Oklahomans reached out to support us. It is our honor and privilege to be here today to help them,” Edie Lutnick said.

In the darkest days following the attack, Howard Lutnick said, “we knew we had to rebuild the company and find a way to help the families of the employees who perished in the attack. It was out of the depths of despair that my sister rose up and co-founded the relief fund.”

More than $180 million was raised through the fund to aid the families, and each year the fund continues to grow, Lutnick said.

Cantor Fitzgerald employees give up their salaries for one day each year on 9/11 and ask their customers to donate money to help others, particularly those who are victims of terrorism and natural disasters.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the fund provided monetary gifts to families at 19 schools in the affected area, Howard Lutnick said.

“We decided immediately we wanted to provide that same kind of help to families in Moore,” he said. “We, more than anyone, understand the road to recovery may be long and difficult, and we wanted to help by putting money into the hands of parents, who can decide what is best for their families.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole said Oklahoma and New York are very different places “until you have a bad day.”

New York City residents were among the first relief workers to come to Oklahoma after the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in 1995, Cole said. In turn, Oklahomans were quick to respond after 9/11, being among the first to travel to New York.

“It's no surprise you have returned after this latest disaster,” Cole said. “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your compassion, care and help. Thank you for being here on our darkest days.”

by Jane Glenn Cannon
Senior Reporter
A native of Oklahoma, Jane Glenn Cannon is an award-winning reporter who has covered everything from crime, courts and government to entertainment and features. She wrote a popular personal column for many years. She is a former associate writer...
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