When Hurricane Harvey hit the city of Houston, Texas there was a widespread feeling of despair and anxiety among the victims. When Tony Petrello, CEO of Nabors Industries heard of this, he mobilized his employees and engaged them fully in relief efforts. This is partly because his company is situated in the area and therefore the victims were acquaintances. More importantly is because Tony Petrello has always had a big heart and always moves in to help in several community projects by self-initiative or whenever he is called upon to help. Tony also did set up a fundraiser dubbed Nabors Disaster Relief Fund in which he raised more than $300,000 whose primary objective was to help in the resettling efforts of the victims.
One of the most personal causes that Tony and his wife Cynthia support is the research about childhood neurological disorders which they have devoted a huge sum of their resources to considering that there is little information about the condition currently. One of the institutions that was a beneficiary of their generosity was Texas Children’s Hospital which Mr. Petrello gave more than $7 million prompting the healthcare and research center to give him a seat on the board while at the same time giving him the go-ahead to the initiative’s fundraising efforts within the country and beyond. With the handsome donation from the Petrellos, the institution set up the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute which is the first institution in the world that offers research on childhood neurological disorders whose main objective is to test and develop new treatments.
Tony Petrello believes that education can change people’s lives and this is one of the reasons they hold it dear their heart. One of the individuals who had a great positive impact on Tony when he was a student at Yale University Professor Lang passed away a few weeks ago. Tony really looked up to him considering he was one of his mentors and when he received this sad news, Mr. Petrello decided to start a fund as a deliberate and conscious effort of trying to honor the professor’s memory. At his memorial, Tony managed to convince most of his fellow alumni who attended in their number to contribute to the fund. The alumni group managed to raise up to $150,000 which Tony decided to double by matching it with a further $150,000.
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