Tony Petrello and his wife Cynthia played host at a cocktail party last November that took place at their home in Houston in honor of legend of Broadway Tommy Tune. Tune, who was originally born in Wichita Falls, Texas but raised in the city of Houston, was in town to perform for a crowd of 5,000 of his fans at the Miller Outdoor Theater.
Tony Petrello is president, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer at Nabors Industries, an oil and gas company that is a top performer in the industry. Petrello has been applauded for his keen insight, the ability for long-term planning, and the use of his many leadership qualities to foster a better living environment for the citizens of Houston.
Cynthia Petrello, an accomplished actress in her own right, shares her husband’s passion for the city and has added her personal touch to many of the couple’s philanthropic pursuits. Cynthia recently won the Stellar Award, a recognition given annually by CKW Luxe to the woman that best combines the qualities of philanthropic enthusiasm with a sense of fashion, which just so happens to be another passion of Cynthia Petrello.
The arts are not the only aspect of the life and culture of Houstonians that has been given support from Tony Petrello. One matter close to the heart of both Tony and his wife is the issue of childhood neurological diseases. The couple has actively given their support in various ways to the matter since their own daughter was born with a neurological disorder.
The Petrello’s have put their money where their passion lies to the tune of a $7 million donation to the Texas Children’s Hospital. They also co-chaired a campaigned that successfully raised $500 million for the same hospital.
Anthony Petrello is also interested in helping others fund the education that could change their lives. Petrello himself attended Yale University where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree before moving on to Harvard University where e earned a law degree. It is his own experiences that have led to his understanding of the life transforming potential of getting a good education.
Petrello recently established an endowment fund in commemoration of the life of Serge Lang, a mentor of Petrello when he attended classes at Yale who would become a lifelong friend. The endowment gives an annual prize to a student at the university.