John C. Randolph Award

The John C. Randolph Award was established to honor a person or organization in the community who exemplifies the mission of the Palm Beach Fellowship of Christians & Jews. It was named for current Fellowship chair, John C. "Skip" Randolph, who was also the first recipient, following a decade of service as chair from 1993-2003.


The 2017 Award was presented to Frances Fisher at the Annual Fellowship Dinner on February 21, 2017. Since moving to Palm Beach in 1999, Fisher has served as a dedicated volunteer and supporter of many charitable organizations, for which she has received many accolades through the years. Her interests and causes have included the arts, education, health issues, historical preservation, hunger, literacy, and community betterment. A native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and graduate of the University of Alabama, she is currently a continuing education student of the Beecken Center School of Theology at Sewanee University in the Education for Ministry program.


Fisher gained professional experience at the national level in both the public and nonprofit arenas in Washington, DC, most notably as Special Assistant to the Counsel for President George H.W. Bush. Her proactive efforts to promote community stewardship began as a co-founder and Executive Director of the National Environmental Policy Institute. An advocate for women in leadership and a strong supporter of educational advancement for female students, she has been honored with the establishment of the Frances Fisher Scholars of Public Policy Program at the LeMieux Center at Palm Beach Atlantic University.


photo by Capehart Photography

Fellowship Vice Chair Maggie Zeidman (left) presenting the award to Frances Fisher

Previous Randolph Award Recipients


2016: H. Irwin Levy

2015: Rosalie H. Franks, EdD and Mary Gerstenberg Hulitar

2014: Ervin S. Duggan

2013: Robert C. Wright

2012: Gail L. Coniglio

2011: Herbert C. Lee and Anita Hamilton Michaels

2008: RAdm (retired) Philip A. Whitacre

2007: Rabbi Howard Shapiro and Rev. Ralph R. Warren, Jr.

2006: Nettie Finkle

2005: Thomas G. O'Brien III

2004: John C. Randolph