Houston oil executive Tony Petrello, who is the CEO of Nabors Industries, is a man of many interests. He is also a man who is deeply engaged with a range of charities, and he has long been committed to changing lives through his charitable interests.
Tony and his wife Cynthia recently opened up their home to host a special event that honors teachers who teach the arts in Houston area schools.
The event, which was highlighted by an appearance by legendary Broadway star Tommy Tune, was a cocktail party that included 50 guests as well as the advisory board of the Miller Outdoor Theater. Tony-award-winning Tommy Tune, who went to school in the Houston area and who studied dance with Houston dance instructor Patsy Swayze, was headlining at the Miller Outdoor Theater in his autobiographical show, “Tommy Tune Tonight.” The show was a major hit that brought 5,000 theater goers to the outdoor arena stage.
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A Commitment to Philanthropy
There’s no question that Tony Petrello and his wife Cynthia have a huge commitment to helping others through charitable acts. Along with their commitment to helping support the performing arts, the Petrellos have also shown a strong commitment to helping people through support for scientific research. One event that has driven this commitment is their daughter Carena’s experience with cerebral palsy. Carena was born prematurely, and this left her with periventricular leukomalacia, a neurological disorder. Seeing their daughter struggle with this condition caused the Petrellos to commit more deeply to supporting the scientific community, in hopes of helping find a cure for this difficult condition. Tony Petrello has given $5 million to scientific research into helping those with cerebral palsy, and hopes to give and additional $2 million over time. The hope is that these funds can also help parents who are struggling to deal with the difficulties that come with learning one’s own child is coping with a neurological disorder, and to find ways to cope in a positive way.
In 2001 the Petrellos founded The Petrello Family Foundation. This foundation gives funds to groups in the Houston area that support the arts, education and medical research. This foundation is one more way that this dynamic couple gives back to their community, and to all of those who helped to support them through the many challenges they have faced along the way.
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