“Unfortunately Cantor Fitzgerald knows loss like any other company,” said Howard Lutnick, chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald.
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 September 11,” he said.
The relief fund was founded only three days after the terrorist attacks and has since helped aid victims of national and international disaster, including the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and the earthquakes in Haiti, and now the families of Moore.
During their annual Charity Day, employees of the company 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 that 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,” said Romines.
“We’re about rebuilding with the understanding that we will never forget,” he said. “These days were hard and we are moving forward.”