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Beattie Development to hold benefit for Law and Order Ball, local officer 

October 13, 2017
Special to The Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Homebuilder Beattie Development is targeting the local law enforcement community with a charity drive to benefit the Law and Order Ball and help an officer whose family was robbed of most of its possessions while he was on duty during Hurricane Irma.

Beattie is asking the community to donate gift cards and help replace household items and clothing for a Lee County Sheriff's Deputy, his pregnant wife and their 18-month-old daughter. The builder will hold a benefit drive from 4-7 p.m., Oct. 18, at the Beattie Model Home Center, 1815 Cape Coral Parkway, West. People who donate items for the family or the Law and Order ball will be treated to food and beverages.

A friend of the deputy reported that he worked during Hurricane Irma and sent his pregnant wife and toddler daughter away for safety. When he returned home after the storm, the officer discovered his house has been damaged and he had been robbed of many of their possessions. He secured the house as best he could, but was then robbed a second time. The family lost most of its clothing, shoes and furniture.

Beattie Development Sales Director Brittany Turner learned of the family's plight from a coworker.

"This is a man who was protecting all of us in the midst of a hurricane," Turner said. "Our team knew immediately we had to do something to help him and his family."

Turner is asking the public to bring the following items for the officer and his family:

* Men's shirts size large, pants size 38 waist pants and shoes sizes 9

* Woman's maternity and miscellaneous-size clothes

* Toddler girl clothes size 18 months and toddler shoes size 4

* Infant boy clothing, diapers, wipes and other new baby supplies

* Gift cards

Beattie Development is also accepting donated gift cards to local stores and restaurants for the auction at the October 21st Law and Order Ball, which raises funds for all seven law enforcement agencies in Lee County.

"Our police officers have done so much to protect and help us in the aftermath of the hurricane," said Beattie founder and president Paul Beattie. "It's our turn to thank them and help them so that they can continue to serve the families in our community."

Anyone with questions about the deputy and his family's needs, or the benefit, can contact Brittany Turner at 239-994-6187.



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