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DC residents with Oklahoma ties raise money for tornado victims

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People living in D.C. with ties to Oklahoma turned out for a huge fundraiser for the Moore tornado victims.

Union Pub on Massachusetts Avenue in Northeast D.C. was packed.

In the crowd, Liz Eddy, whose father is Moore City Manager Stephen Eddy. She texted him at City Hall after getting an email alert about the tornado.

“He told me he was in the line of fire. It was coming right at him," Eddy says.

Her dad survived and has been leading the recovery effort in the town she grew up in ever since.

"I wish I could be there with my friends and family," says Eddy. "This fundraiser is just one small thing we can do to help Oklahoma."

Elizabeth Rhouten was there too. The elementary school teacher shielded 80 kids in a bathroom with three other teachers at her elementary school in Norman, Okla., which borders Moore.

"I cry about it all the time," Rhouten says. "It took a lot of souls that day."

Rhouten, who grew up in Manassas, Va., returned to D.C. just in time for Thursday night's fundraiser.

Feyi Garber was there too. The Oklahoma State University graduate kicked in what she could to help friends and family in what she calls "her second home."

"I came here from Nigeria to get my degree and picked Oklahoma State out of the blue," says Garber. “It's tough to see what happened there. Surreal. Anything we can do to show them love and support, we should do."

All the proceeds from the event and 15 percent of the sales at Union Pub tonight will go to the Red Cross of Oklahoma.

You can make a donation directly at http://www.redcross.org/ok/oklahoma-city

Another D.C./Oklahoma fundraiser is planned for later this summer.

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