Norman, a West Virginia resident, said he was happy to see the PGA wives step up and volunteer at the site Thursday afternoon because many of his other volunteers have yet to stop and take a break.
"The touching part, and it plays to the spirit of West Virginians, is that these folks themselves, a lot of them do not have power at home," Norman said. "We're just so blessed here to have these kinds of people helping us out."
Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester said Friday's storm was a disaster on so many levels that he was amazed his city was able to bounce back the way it has.
"We redefined 'perfect storm,' " he said. "You had 200,000 people coming for the golf tournament, right on 95-degree weather and 95 percent power outage for the area; that's a lot of pieces in a puzzle."
Norman, who lived in Florida before moving to West Virginia, said Friday's storm was different from other widespread disasters like hurricanes because the storm came out of nowhere.
"Hurricanes you can plan for - they sit out off the coast, and you get ready and mobilize crews in," he said. "I told my wife the other night that in 35 years of utility work that's what I saw as the big difference with this storm: we had zero - I mean zero - planning and zero notification."
Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., said the outpouring of support has made him more proud to say he represents the state.
"The thing I've noticed, as I've said throughout this, is West Virginians are doing what West Virginians do best - that's help each other," he said. "They're not waiting on the government, but rather they're helping each other, whether it's friends helping friends, family helping family or strangers helping strangers."
Kathy Kmiec, wife of Greenbrier President Jeff Kmiec, said she is amazed by how Greenbrier employees have pulled together to put on the tournament, even as they still go without some basic necessities at home.
"I would say there are still at least more than half - if not more - without power or water themselves," she said. "Their families are without stuff, and they're coming to work still and with a smile on their face - it's great."
The Tour wives said that hospitality drove them to give back.
"Everybody's so friendly, even though they're going through a crisis," said Kelly Bettencourt, wife of golfer Matt Bettencourt. "They're just so happy we're here, they're smiling and they're bending over backwards to help us out.
"It's a very humbling experience to be where we are and be so blessed with air conditioning, food and hospitality, and know that people who are actually working to make this happen aren't going home to those same luxuries," Pettersson said. "So we're just grateful and happy to help out."
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