On December 15, 2014 Stuart Attorney Donald Watson received the Florida Police Athletic-Activities League Volunteer of the Year Award for his work with the Fort Pierce PAL.
Attorney Watson, a partner with The Law Offices of Gary, Williams, Parenti & Watson, and several members of his family attended the awards luncheon held at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort Conference Center in Lake Buena Vista, FL. In addition to the award, a photo and story of his achievements will be featured in the SFAPAL Illustrated Magazine.
Ten years ago, Attorney Watson became involved with the Fort Pierce PAL after auditioning for a part in a play. Since then, he has contributed countless hours, raised thousands of dollars, and completed a seventh term as vice president of the Board of Directors.
While serving alongside of PAL youth leaders and witnessing first-hand their diligence, Attorney Watson developed the idea to host a PAL Youth Appreciation Luncheon. The first one took place in early 2013 and was sponsored by him. By recognizing the youth for their efforts, Attorney Watson hopes it will encourage them to continue to serve and do well.
“Giving back to my community,” is phrase often used to express a desired goal, but for Attorney Watson it has become a way of life. He continues to further PAL’s goal of “Filling Playgrounds not Prisons”, through his involvement in other charitable events, though they were not directly under the auspices of PAL. Among the many things, he served as a FCAT tutor in 2012 at Resurrection Family Life Worship Center in Fort Pierce; volunteer for Building Bridges in Stuart; master of ceremonies of the Arnold Stanberry Community Achievers’’ Award program highlighting achievements of historical figures and community servants in Martin County and a motivational speaker for pre-school and school-aged students.