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Biz Buzz: Boy injured in fireworks mishap receives help from Shriners Hospitals

Also in Business Observer: Hurricane relief, fundraisers, awards and promotions.
by: Ray Boone Sports Editor

Shriners Hospitals for Children is providing help to a boy who was injured in an accident with fireworks, according to a release from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office.

Two boys, ages 7 and 8, sustained serious injuries in a mishap with fireworks on July 9, with one boy losing his hand. 

The Shriners agreed to provide care at no cost to the family of the boy who lost his hand. However, the hospital is in Tampa. As a result, Sheriff Rick Staly authorized a COP unit and volunteer to drive the family to Tampa and bring them home after the doctor’s visit.

“Having to go through such a traumatizing accident at such a young age is very sad,” Staly said in a release. “I’m glad that we were able to assist so that this young man can get the medical help he needs.”

Retail company starts effort to raise money for hurricane relief

The retail store Bealls Inc. announced a companywide effort to contribute funds for hurricane relief, according to a release.

The company, which had over 10,000 employees affected by the recent hurricanes, started a campaign where associates and guests can make donations right at the register. Bealls will match dollar for dollar up to $50,000 in matching funds with 100% of the money going to the American Red Cross to support Hurricane Irma and Harvey relief efforts.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by the recent storms,” said Matt Beall, the senior vice president of the company, in a release. “We know many of our associates and guests have sustained significant damage and loss of power, as have some of our stores that were in the path of the storms. We are gathering information from our associates so that we can offer them assistance through our R.M. Beall Sr. Charitable Foundation hurricane relief fund for associates.”

Palm Coast firefighters support kids and adults with muscle-debilitating diseases with Fill the Boot campaign

Coming soon, members of the Palm Coast Professional Firefighters Local No. 4807 will kick off the annual Fill the Boot fundraising campaign, according to a release.

The event, which will raise money to help the Muscular Dystrophy Association, will take place at 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Publix Supermarkets in Palm Coast on Sept. 30 through Oct. 1.

“For more than sixty years, firefighters have stood on the front lines with MDA in the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of these life-threatening muscle diseases,” Fundraising Coordinator Jasmyne Stanley said in a release. “We're grateful for their steadfast drive and uncommon caring toward the kids and adults we serve and look forward to working together once again to make this Fill the Boot season a huge success.”

Awards and recognition

Richard DeCeglie of the Watson Realty Corp. was recognized as the top sales associate for the month of August.

DeCeglie has been in the real estate industry since 1989 and was awarded a Certified Residential Specialist in 1995.

“Richard is the consummate professional who assists clients in their time of need, always going above and beyond his duties to make the deal work,” said Ryan Ford, vice president and managing broker of Watson Realty Corp.’s. Palm Coast office, in a release.


Berni Costa was made the assistant vice president and operations manager for the Intracoastal Bank, according to a release.

In this role, Costa, who has 20 years of banking experience, will be responsible for managing the operations and customer service functions of the bank.


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