(Image: Pedrotti ACE Hardware owner, Gene Pedrotti (center) presents a check for $33,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Services staff members (from left) John Williams, John Collister, Sandra Collister, and Debbie Yee.)
Contributed by Pooja Trivedi, a Red Cross Regional Communications Specialist in San Jose
Gene Pedrotti, owner of Pedrotti ACE Hardware in Benicia, raised more than $33,000 to support those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Gene recently presented Solano’s Disaster Manager and the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter Disaster Action Team members with a check for $33,214. Pedrotti put on a donation matching campaign from October to December 2012 until the minimum of $10,000 was raised.
“Observing the events following a natural disaster is not only humbling, it begs for help in a variety of ways,” Gene said. “While Benicia may be a small community, I was touched by the outpouring support for our neighbors across the country during this time of great need.”
This is the second time Pedrotti has hosted a campaign in support of the Red Cross, the first campaign raised funds for the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami relief efforts.