The prestigious Annual Palm Tree Award is in recognition of individuals that have demonstrated selfless support of the Palm Beach Police Foundation and the Palm Beach Police Department.
JAMES PATTERSON 2019
The 13th Annual Palm Tree Award was presented to James Patterson in 2019 in recognition of his continued support of The Palm Beach Police Foundation and of the community.
Mr. Patterson has donated a box of books to every school in the Palm Beach County, New York City, Savannah, and Los Angeles Unified School Districts—over 400 schools!
He has also donated over 200,000 books to soldiers at home and overseas.
He lives in Palm Beach with his wife, Sue, and his son, Jack.
Honorable Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. 2018
Secretary Ross has served as Chairman of the Japan Society, Trustee of the Brookings Institution and Chairman of its Economic Studies Council, International Counsel Member of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, Trustee of the Blenheim Foundation, President of the American Friends of the Rene Magritte Museum in Brussels and Director of the Palm Beach Civic Association. He also was an Advisory Board Member of Yale University School of Management.
Secretary Ross is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Business School (with distinction). He and his wife Hilary Geary Ross have four children, Jessica Ross, Amanda Ross, Ted Geary and Jack Geary.
Kathryn and Leo A. Vecellio, Jr. 2016
Mr. and Mrs. Leo A. Vecellio, Jr. have jointly supported a wide range of causes in their Palm Beach Community, Palm Beach County and other areas of the country. In addition to the already mentioned causes, the Vecellios have also supported the Town of Palm Beaches United Way Alexis de Tocqueville Society, Palm Beach Police Foundation, Cleveland Clinic, American Cancer Society, Society of the Four Arts and Palm Beach Centennial for which they were committee members. Since its inception, their Vecellio Family Foundation has awarded 3.1 million in scholarships to over 350 students and dispersed another 7 million in support of numerous educational, civic, health and charitable causes. Philanthropy has always been a way of life for the Vecellios and they only hope that ultimately, they have made a difference.
David S. Mack 2015
In Palm Beach, Mr. Mack serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of MorseLife, Inc., and Morse Geriatric Center, and he is a member of the Palm Beach Healthcare Foundation, Inc. He also serves on the Palm Beach Country Club Board of Governors, where he formerly served as President, and currently as the Chairman of Admissions. Mr. Mack is also the Second Vice President of the Palm Beach Police Foundation.
Mr. Mack and his wife, Sondra, divide their time between New York and Palm Beach.
E. Llwyd Ecclestone 2014
E. Llwyd Ecclestone has been a driving force in Palm Beach County’s development for more than 40 years. He is a visionary whose contributions to South Florida’s growth are unmatched. He is a husband, father, grandfather, investor, real estate developer, philanthropist and an avid and accomplished sailor. Mr. Ecclestone’s influence is not limited to the world of real estate. He is a Director and Member of the Executive Committee of the Palm Beach Civic Association. He is Past Director and Chairman of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, which reorganized the political operation of Palm Beach County. He is Director of the Palm Beach County Aviation and Airports Advisory Board and Founding Board Member of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. He is the current Chairman of the Shore Protection Board of the Town of Palm Beach and a member of numerous boards and organizations in and outside of Florida.
Mr. Ecclestone and his wife, Diana, are active supporters of numerous charitable organizations and institutions.
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. 2013
After founding the Palm Beach County Council of the Arts (now the Palm Beach Cultural Council), Mr. Dreyfoos chaired the effort to build the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, which took 12 years to build, opening debt free, and he continued to serve as its Chairman for its first 15 years of operation. Mr. Dreyfoos made the largest donation in history to a Florida public school, the Palm Beach School of the Arts, later renamed the Dreyfoos School of the Arts. An avid yachtsman, Mr. Dreyfoos received the Boat International World Superyacht Voyager’s Award in conjunction with their recently completed 44,000 NM, 19-month odyssey aboard his SWATH yacht, Silver Cloud. His other interests include photography, scuba diving, ham radio, fishing and flying. He and his wife, Renate, live in West Palm Beach and summer in the Adirondacks when not aboard Silver Cloud.
Michele and Howard Kessler 2012
Thomas C. Quick 2011
Mr. Quick serves as a Director and as a Trustee of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories (New York), St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (Memphis), Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and the Inter-City Scholarship Foundation of New York City. He serves as a Member of the board of Directors of Best Buddies and a member of the board of Trustees, the investment advisory board and the endowment committee for St. Jude Children's hospital. He serves on the board for Hospice of Palm Beach County, Norton Museum, Dreher Park Zoo and he is a Graduate of Fairfield University.