This year, the Raymond J. Kunkel Trustees honored five individual winners and one exceptional organization that have made significant impacts on Palm Beach.

On the morning of June 30, Palm Beach police responded to reports of a burning vessel in the waters between the Florida Power & Light power plant and the Sailfish Club in the North End.

The police boat Marine One arrived to find a 35-foot cabin cruiser engulfed in flames following an explosion. Two men were in the water clinging to another vessel that had come to their rescue.

The rescue vessel belonged to a West Palm Beach couple, Bill and Betsy Raper, who were spending the day with their grandchildren.

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The Rapers received a Kunkel Award for their heroism and their grandchildren received Palm Beach Police Badges from the police officers that were on the rescue that day.


Leslie Evans was recognized with a Kunkel Award for his leadership on the Paramount Theater renovation campaign.

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Felix Baptiste and Yvonne Beroud of Scott Lewis Landscaping were recognized with Kunkel Awards for reporting a theft after training in the Mobile Eyes Public Safety Program.