Tony Petrello and his wife Cynthia have a long history of championing the causes of the people of Houston. Together they began the Petrello Family Foundation that provides support to issues concerning education, health, and the performing arts in the city of Houston. The effect the Petrellos have had on the city of Houston has been so profound that they were honored with the prestigious Woodrow Wilson Award by the Smithsonian in recognition of the many good works they have performed.
A particular matter that is close to Tony Petrello and Cynthia is the welfare of children born with neurological disorders. Their attention to this issue came as a result of their own experiences when the couple’s daughter was born with such a disorder. In typical Petrello fashion, there would be no moping. Instead, the couple went right to work.
The Petrellos donated $7 million of their own money to the Texas Children’s Hospital to fund research into the many disorders that can attack the neurological system of infant children. The couple also became co-chairs of a group that raised over $500 million that was given to the hospital.
Recently, the Petrellos was host to a reception that took place in their home that was thrown to honor the return home of Broadway legend Tommy Tune. Tune, though living in New York now, has not forgotten his Texas roots. He was born in Witchita Falls, Texas and would live in Houston during his high school years.
The party in Tune’s honor was a smash hit with the 50 guests that were present. There were appetizers and cocktails for their enjoyment and the guests were allowed to enjoy a nice stroll around the grounds of the Petrello’s luxury mansion.
The following day Tommy Tune performed at the Miller Outdoor Theater before 5,000 satisfied fans.
Tony Petrello has also been supportive of educational pursuits. While pursuing his own higher education, Petrello attended Yale University for both his undergraduate and Master’s degree and then went on to Harvard where he earned a law degree.
Petrello has chosen to recognize a man that provided mentorship to him while he attended Yale by establishing the Serge Lang endowment fund in both his name and his honor.
The Petrello’s family philosophy that to be truly happy in life is to give freely of themselves and of the blessings that have been bestowed upon them to make the world a better place for their fellow men and women.