Cortez Strong! Long-Time Cortez Kitchen Employee Gravely Ill. Benefit on Tuesday, December 18.

Cortez Strong! Long-Time Cortez Kitchen Employee Gravely Ill. Benefit on Tuesday, December 18

Local Cortez, Florida resident, Linda Ames shared this information with The Sarasota Post. One of the nicest guys you ever want to meet is gravely ill with Stage IV cancer. Delmar Apolonio has worked at the Cortez Kitchen for over 20 years, almost since day 1, and he and business partner Marisela Vega went into the cleaning business recently.

Linda had so much to share about Delmar. She and husband Gene are the proprietors of a Cortez, Fl business, Coastal Marine Canvas & Upholstery. They have known Delmar since he started working at “The Kitchen”. Linda said that “Delmar was just the nicest guy in the world. Always smiling and looking to help out when someone was in need.” We spoke to several of the employees at the restaurant who are just so sad and distraught. Delmar was “family” to everyone.

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The benefit on Tuesday, December 18 from 4-9pm is to help the family with medical bills and other expenses they are incurring. Linda Ames said that “Delmar’s last wish is to go back to Brazil where he was born.” It’s apparent to the family that this will be the final journey. His health is failing, and he is in Hospice Unit at a local Bradenton Hospital.

Cortez is a very close knit fishing town where everyone knows your name! The fundraiser will have a 50/50 raffle, an auction for a limo ride, raffles for dinner at several restaurants in the area and much more. Some local bands will be performing. Linda Ames asks that “everyone should come out and celebrate Delmar’s life.”

Let’s pack the Cortez Kitchen on Tuesday night. There will be a lot of love, lots of tears, some laughs and wonderful stories about Delmar. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated to help Delmar and the family.  Linda is hoping that Delmar’s sister, Dagmar and his niece Ashley will be at the event.

If you have questions or need additional information contact Linda Ames- (941) 812-0212.

Cortez Kitchen
4528 119th Street
Cortez, FL 34215

Photo from Linda Ames 


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