From left are Bishop Harold Calvin Ray; Marie L. Pun, whose husband, Delray Beach Police Officer Jean-Albert "Johnny" Pun, was honored posthumously; Palm Beach County Sheriff's Deputy Lillian "Lee" Sutterfield and PBCC at Belle Glade student Javier Rodriguez.
Bishop Harold Calvin Ray
Bishop Harold Calvin Ray is the founder and senior pastor of Redemptive Life Fellowship Church of West Palm Beach as well as the founder of Redemptive Life Urban Initiatives Corp. (RLUIC) and the National Center for Faith-Based Initiative.
A native of Joliet, Ill, he grew up in the Church of God and was ordained in the ministry in 1983. After graduating from law school, Ray established a successful practice in Dallas, Texas. In 1990, he moved to West Palm Beach to partner with attorney Willie Gary. However, in 1991, in obedience to God’s call to “stop making a living and start giving life,�? he established Redemptive Life Fellowship. Ray has held true to the church’s motto of “Building a Community to Impact the World.�?
As founder and CEO of RLUIC, Ray has been intimately involved in economic community development in the county. As part of the Homes of Coleman Park initiative, RLUIC, in collaboration with the city of West Palm Beach, has developed and constructed 22 of the 145 homes planned for low-income residents in the highest impoverished demographic area in West Palm Beach. A similar housing initiative is being planned in Belle Glade.
Through his efforts, the Give-A-Gift-Save-A-Life program provides over 500 needy children and families each year with new clothing, food, toys and a myriad of personal care items totaling over a half million dollars. The annual health fair provides health awareness and other critical health services to hundreds of needy children and families within greater Palm Beach County.
RLUIC has provided more than $400,000 in disaster relief to South Floridians during the last two hurricane seasons. Last November, West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel presented Ray with a key to the city for his outstanding service to the community.
Ray holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Oral Roberts University and a juris doctorate from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He and his wife, Brenda, are the proud parents of two children, Christopher and Whitney, and they have one grandson, Jahrell.
Officer Jean-Albert “Johnny�? Pun
Officer Jean-Albert “Johnny�? Pun touched many lives. He spent his life as a helper, reaching out to people whether they needed a lifeline, help with a flat tire or just a smile. What he became was a leader: an inspirer of men. His 14-year career at the Delray Beach Police Department was defined by his two driving philosophies: to be of service and to make things better. During his law enforcement career, he worked as a field training officer, a facilitator of cultural diversity workshops and helped to form the first Haitian Citizens Police Academy for the Delray Beach Police Department. In addition, as an instructor for both D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training), Pun helped teach youth how to make better choices and how to steer away from bad ones.
Throughout his years of service, Pun collected over 80 commendations and awards, including
The Jefferson Award in April 2002, which recognizes individuals who make a difference;
the 2002 Distinguished Law Officer of the Year granted by the Palm Beach Post; the
Rocky Pomerance Award in 2003 from the International Association of Chiefs of Police
and over 30 division/departmental commendations from the police department.
Still, he was most proud of his work with troubled youth. His concern for these youth led him to help establish the Delray Youth Vocational Charter School (DYVCS) which gives at-risk youth a second chance by providing training in automotive repairs and helping them to obtain a GED. Originally opened in donated space at Borton Volvo in August 2002, the school secured a permanent home last year. It enrolled 74 students last August. Through this program, Pun, who was killed in an off-duty motorcycle accident Sept. 10, 2005, became the driving force in the lives of countless youth who society had given up on. He was a mentor, brother, teacher and a role model. His legacy will live on through the lives that the DYVSC helps to rescue.
Deputy Lillian “Lee�? Sutterfield
Deputy Lillian “Lee�? Sutterfield has been employed by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office since 1993 and is the senior advisor and coordinator of Explorer Post 611, which operates in the western communities of Palm Beach County.
Sutterfield works with the young people in the Glades community, providing leadership, guidance and unmatched compassion for these children. She provides help with finding jobs and college funding, gives homework assistance and provides transportation when none is available. Deputy Sutterfield promotes life skills by providing training, counseling for family problems and issues and crisis therapy. She helps students obtain their GEDs and provides financial assistance. She spends many long hours throughout the year, especially during the holiday season, helping less fortunate families. She collects donated gifts and food items, which she distributes throughout the year to families in need. A large portion of her interaction with the youth of the community is done during her off- duty time.
In addition to Sutterfield’s duties as the Explorer advisor, she also participates each year in Shop with a Cop, Food for Families, and the “Harmony in the Streets�? youth camps. She serves on several Florida Sheriff’s Explorer Association Committees and is a board member of the Criminal Justice Academy at Glades Central High School.
Sutterfield earned a certificate for completing the police academy at Palm Beach Community College. She is currently enrolled at the College, working towards her associate in arts degree, and at The University of Phoenix, working on her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Javier Rodriguez has been involved in community service in the Glades since he and his family moved there from Mexico six years ago.
While learning English and getting acclimated in school, he also became involved in the Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program, which involves youth in many community service projects, including volunteering for the Red Cross, delivering food to those in need and cleaning up. It was in the Explorer Program that he learned the value of service and giving back to the community. Now, it’s in his blood. “I just want to help the community and make the community a better place.�?
Rodriguez is now a freshman at PBCC in Belle Glade pursuing an associate in arts degree. He is the first in his family to attend college and says he wants to make his family proud. After graduating from PBCC, he plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering at Florida Atlantic University.
At PBCC he has remained active in service projects. When the Belle Glade location answered the call to assist the American Red Cross at the local shelters and emergency centers in Belle Glade and Pahokee after Hurricane Wilma, Rodriguez volunteered to handle the Spanish translation and help deliver food. Not only did he provide this service along with the campus staff, he took it upon himself to go after hours and continued to assist.
He is actively involved in the Student Government Association, and recently sought permission to establish an International Student Club at PBCC in Belle Glade to further enhance the campus mission of infusing diversity throughout campus life.
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