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Company continues tornado relief giving

‘This was my way of helping’

Dave Penttila, the owner of Dave’s Pest Control, of Sturbridge, has been involved with several projects to assist in tornado relief, including collecting supplies at his business and matching donations made by his vendors. Here, Penttila is pictured with his wife, Margie Colognesi. (click for larger version)
September 25, 2011
BRIMFIELD — Hundreds of local business owners have gone the extra mile to assist tornado relief initiatives, but in order to properly describe the efforts of Dave Penttila, you would need to add a few more miles to that phrase.

Penttila, the owner of Dave’s Pest Control, of Sturbridge, not only operated a donation collection center at his business in the weeks after the June 1 tornado, but he also collected and matched monetary donations. Most recently, Penttila matched a $250 donation made by Chris Donaghy, of Residex, one of the distributors to Dave’s Pest Control. After providing Donaghy’s donation to Brimfield’s Harding Memorial Fund, Penttila matched the donation by giving an additional $250 to the fund.

“My wife and I have a summer cottage in Brimfield about a mile away from the path of the tornado,” Penttila said. “Luckily it wasn’t damaged in the storm, but we have a lot of friends and customers from Sturbridge and Brimfield who weren’t so lucky. This was my way of helping the many people who were affected.”

In the weeks following the tornado, while the initial waves of volunteers were flocking into the area to provide assistance, Penttila was busy managing the donations of supplies he received and sending out letters to his vendors asking for monetary contributions that would aid the Harding Memorial Fund. The fund was originally established in 1909 as a result of a $2,000 donation given to Brimfield officials from the estate of Harriet Harding. Since then, the fund has been assisting Brimfield residents in financial need for more than a century.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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