An onslaught of natural disasters hit the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico and its surrounding area’s hard in 2017. The aftermath left thousands of people heartbroken, homeless and in disbelief. Countless numbers of donations were made by many organizations, but there were also local businesses that stepped up to teh plate and offered their help and resources to rebuild its community. In Houston, Texas, after an unforgettable hit from Hurricane Harvey we had seen local business such as H-E-B Texas Grocery, Houston Food Bank and Nabors Industries immediately taking action and offer its helping hand to many effected by the devastating storm.
Nabors Industries is one of the largest oil and natural gas drillers in Houston, TX. The company contributed their time and money to help out with disaster relief efforts along the entire Gulf Coast. The chief executive officer of Nabors Industries, Tony Petrello provided his employee’s with paid time off to help out with the relief efforts. The employees proudly obliged and also raised a total of $173,622 to the Nabors Disaster Relief Fund. Tony Petrello matched the contributions and all of the funds were used to help the active participants with their relief efforts. The onsite kitchen of Nabors also profoundly contributed by preparing three hot meals each day to families in the area recovering from the storm.
The CEO of Nabors Industries has helped out Houston before, in 2006 Tony Petrello had donated a generous total of $7 million to its Texas Children’s Hospital. The donation has allowed the Texan hospital to expand its Jan and Duncan Neurological Research Institute. The research facility focuses on researching causes of neurological diseases in children and infants and is committed to find the right treatments so these children can overcome their disabilities.
Tony Petrello and his wife Cynthia, gave birth to a daughter who was born with a neurological disease called periventricular leukomalacia and they want many parents going through the same thing find relief and answers. The hospital became the world’s first research facility that strongly focused on neurological issues in children. Although he was born and raised in New Jersey, Tony Petrello has shown so much love for Houston and has made it his new home. He went to school at Yale University on a scholarship and earned his Master’s degree in Mathematics. He set up an endowment fund in loving memory of his Yale mentor who passed away in 2016.