Attorney Donald Watson named State of Florida Association of Police Athletic League
Volunteer of the Year Award
When Attorney Donald Watson auditioned for a part in a play produced by the Fort Pierce Athletic League that was his first introduction to the organization, fast forward nearly 10 years and he is still involved racking up thousands of volunteer hours, assisting with planning numerous fundraisers and events, and raising thousands of dollars for PAL. There seems to be no end in sight to Donald’s commitment to the vision and goals of the organization.
Today’s society calls on inspirational mentors and innovative leaders capable of working in concert with others, able to collaborate in creative endeavors, and contribute without dominating an undertaking. It is this extraordinary skill that Donald brings to every project PAL undertakes. It is his extraordinary dignity and style in contributing his best to all PAL’s activities that create an environment that draws the very best from his colleagues.
During 2013, Donald completed his sixth term as vice president of the PAL Executive Board. He has shown a continuous commitment to meeting the needs of our community and those in need by finding time in between providing legal representation to his clients and volunteering for other nonprofit organizations. Not only is he professional, but he works very well under difficult, high-pressure situations and still attain excellent results. Donald is the kind of volunteer, that nonprofit organizations hope for, someone willing to give their time, eagerly solicit support, as well as financially contribute to the cause.
Attorney Watson consistently demonstrates through his actions the importance of PAL and his desire to see it remain a constant in the Fort Pierce community. Throughout the year, Attorney Watson always made PAL a priority making sure to set aside time in his schedule to accept volunteer assignments. Whether it was attending a monthly board meeting or reaffirming the talents and abilities of local students who participated in the PAL Back-to-School Youth event, if Attorney Watson agreed to attend, he would be there.
While serving along side of PAL youth and seeing how diligently they served, Attorney Watson developed the idea of a PAL Youth Appreciation Luncheon, the first of which actually 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.
PAL’s positive impact on the lives of so many disadvantage and at-risk children has left an indelible mark on Attorney Watson’s heart so much so, that a few years ago he was the first investor of the film, “Heart of a Champion”, which showcases Fort Pierce PAL and PAL in general. As one of the actors working on the set, Attorney Watson was able to interact with many more young people, to illustrate and personify the ideals of PAL. This positive interaction helped to instill in the youth a sense of self-esteem, of self-pride and of accomplishment. It also helped to encourage the young people to set their goals high, to stick to those goals and to overcome discouragement to achieve great things.
“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, as emcee during the Arnold Stanberry Community Achievers’’ Award program highlighting achievements of historical figures and community servants, motivational speaker for pre-school and school-aged students.