As we resume our normal business hours today, we cannot thank our friends and customers enough for the outpouring of love and support in the aftermath of the massive tornado that ravaged Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on April 27. Please understand that if we fail to respond quickly to your notes of concern, it is because our associates are out in the community assisting with the recovery efforts.
We are extremely grateful to report that all 350 Tuscaloosa-based members of our Randall-Reilly family have been accounted for. Although many suffered property damage, there is no loss of life or serious injury within our immediate Randall-Reilly family and there is no damage to our facilities. We are, however, saddened in the knowledge that many in our community and other areas of the Southeast have not been so fortunate.
We know that those of you who have visited us for Alabama football weekends, symposiums and the Bubba Masters are especially saddened to see the devastation wreaked on our beautiful community. Friends around the world have let us know your hearts are with us and have asked how they can help. For information on assisting Tuscaloosa in its recovery efforts, please visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/randallreilly. And perhaps most importantly, we ask that you continue to keep us in your prayers.
In the words of legendary Alabama football Coach Paul Bear Bryant, “You never know how a horse will pull until you hook him to a heavy load.” The residents of Tuscaloosa affected by this tragedy face a heavy burden and one that will not be soon lifted. But the American spirit that lives within all of us is resilient and strong. We are confident that through hard work, faith and the continuing support of our neighbors and friends, Tuscaloosa will rebuild.
-Mike Reilly, Randall-Reilly chairman, president and CEO