Reg and Maggie Green, who lived in Bodega Bay at the time, donated their son’s organs. The gifts benefited seven Italians, including four teenagers. Italians responded overwhelmingly to the Greens’ generosity; even the president and the prime minster paid their respects. Maria Pia Pedala, who received Nicholas’s liver, later named a son after him.
Bruce Hasson, a Bay Area sculptor, conceived of the memorial after reading about the crime in a newspaper. The bells were donated primarily by Italians and flown in by the Italian Air Force. The names of the organ recipients are engraved on a centerpiece bell donated by the foundry that makes bells for the Vatican. Pope John Paul II blessed it.