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2008 Heritage Awards

The Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards - 2008

On April 17, 2008 in the historic Great Hall on Ellis Island, three esteemed individuals and a renowned family were honored by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. for their contributions to the American Experience. The 7th Annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards, given annually to a select number of Port of New York and Ellis Island immigrants or their descendants, were presented by Lee A. Iacocca, Founding Chairman of the Foundation, in an 11:00 a.m. ceremony hosted by Lynn Sherr of ABC News at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. 

In presenting the awards, Lee A. Iacocca said, “Each and every one of these honorees—these sons and daughters of Ellis Island—represents what I admire most about Americans: the drive to succeed, even in the face of adversity, the leadership and creativity to forge their way.” 


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Mel Brooks


Director, producer, writer and actor, Mel Brooks has created many comedy film classics as well as the popular television show “Get Smart.” His latest project is “The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein” currently playing on Broadway. His father emigrated from Austria as a child in 1896.

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