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On April 13, 2011 in the historic Great Hall on Ellis Island four esteemed individuals were honored by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. for the contributions they have made to the American Dream. Celebrating their 10th year, the Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards were hosted by Inside Edition’s Deborah Norville in an 11:00 a.m. ceremony at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. This year’s Awards featured a salute to the Statue of Liberty on her 125th anniversary and the 25 years since her historic restoration, an effort headed up by Lee Iacocca when asked by President Reagan to raise funds to restore and preserve the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for their centennials.
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The Brooklyn-born baseball manager was recently named MLB’s Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations. He concluded his third and final season as manager of the LA Dodgers in 2010, having led them to the National League Championship Series in 2008 and 2009. He managed the New York Yankees for 12 seasons, leading them to World Series Championships in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2014. His “Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation” educates and supports teens and families to end the cycle of abuse at home, and “Margaret’s Place” provides teens a safe space to meet with peers and counselors experienced in domestic violence issues. His mother Margaret Rofrano emigrated from Salerno, Italy through Ellis Island in 1911.
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