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Family Heritage Awards

Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards Recipients

Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards Recipients

Each year a select number of Americans who trace their ancestry through Ellis Island or an earlier era of arrival, or naturalized Americans who are immigrants who came in the post-Ellis Island era are chosen to be honored. Take a look at some of the legendary figures who’ve graced the prestigious awards list. Honorees are selected through a process that is guided by an Awards Committee of the Foundation's Board of Directors.

NOTE: Following 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, the Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards were not given in 2002, 2013 and 2014. The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various speakers on this website or our social media platforms do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. or official policies of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

2016

  • F. Murray Abraham Performing Arts
  • Daniel Libeskind Architecture
  • Billie Jean King Sports
  • Gregory Annenberg Weingarten Philanthropy

2015

  • Patti LuPone Ellis Island Family Heritage Award
  • Diane von Furstenberg B.C. Forbes Peopling of America® Award
  • Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Ellis Island Family Heritage Award

2012

  • Richard Meier The Arts / Architecture
  • Angela Lansbury The B.C. Forbes Peopling of America® Award –Entertainment
  • Anthony "Tony" La Russa, Jr Sports

2011

  • Joe Torre Sports
  • Lee A. Iacocca A Special Tribute
  • Martina Navratilova B.C. Forbes Peopling of America Award - Sports
  • Sen. George J. Mitchell Government Service

2010

  • Dikembe Mutombo B.C. Forbes Peopling of America Award - Sports
  • Bruce Springsteen Entertainment
  • Andrea Jung B.C. Forbes Peopling of America Award - Business
  • Peter G. Peterson Business

2009

  • Gloria And Emilio Estefan B.C. Forbes Peopling of America Award
  • Jerry Seinfeld Entertainment
  • Dr. Eric R. Kandel Science / Medicine
  • Joe Namath Sports

2008

  • Mel Brooks Entertainment
  • Donna E. Shalala Education
  • The Forbes Family Business
  • Mary Higgins Clark Literature

2007

  • William D. Novelli Public Service
  • John J. Mack Business
  • Mike Krzyzewski Sports
  • Josie Natori Peopling of America Award

2006

  • Dr. Madeleine K. Albright Government Service
  • Shelly Lazarus Business
  • Tommy Lasorda Sports
  • Frank McCourt The Arts

2005

  • Astronaut Scott Parazynski, M.D. Technology
  • Murray Gell-Mann, Ph.D. Science
  • Robert Mondavi Business
  • Christo And Jeanne-Claude Peopling of America Award
  • General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret) Government Service

2004

  • I. M. Pei Peopling of America Award
  • Dr. Harold Varmus Medicine
  • Martin Scorsese The Arts
  • Paul Tagliabue Sports
  • Robert Rubin Business

2003

  • Cicely Tyson Performing Arts
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci Medicine / Science
  • Bob Hope Entertainment
  • Abie Abraham Government Service
  • Yogi Berra Sports

2001

  • Irving Berlin Composer
  • Felicita Salto Immigrated
  • Seymour Rexsite Musical Prodigy
  • Marinus DeNooyer Immigrated

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