Dr. Caesar DePaço, Portuguese Consul, helps Coastal Florida PBA & Deputy Stephen Watkins

Absolutely wonderful news today! A big thanks to Dr. Caesar DePaço, Portuguese Consul for the State of Florida. When Dr. DePaço learned of Stephen’s fundraiser, he generously donated $5,000 to reach our goal to outfit Stephen’s home! Today he presented the check to Stephen while he was working in dispatch along with Maria Joao Avila (community affairs adviser for the Portuguese consulate), Sheriff Staly, Coastal Florida PBA vice president and FCSO Corporal Jon Dopp, Coastal Florida PBA representative and FCSO Detective Joseph Barile, and Lowe’s employees Stephanie Cuzzone and Mikki Madden. Unfortunately Emey Miranda, Lowe’s kitchen project specialist, could not attend due to work but everything she has done does not go unnoticed. When Stephen went to Emey to speak about needing his house modified, she immediately reached out to the Coastal Florida PBA with a plan and great desire to help Stephen. From there everything started rolling!

The cost to outfit Stephen’s home is approximately $18,000. A total of $11,451.84 was raised. Also $7,642 worth of actual products were donated by vendors that partner with Lowe’s. Bringing the total raised to $19,093.84. Any additional money left will go to assisting with Stephen’s medical bills. Due to reaching our goal, our last fundraiser at the Bowling Alley will be cancelled. We can’t express how appreciative everyone is and how heartwarming it is to see everyone come together to help Stephen. We would like to thank everybody, every business, and every organization that was involved. The next step is to start construction!

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