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April 19, 2006 (Ellis Island, NY) - In celebration of the first annual Ellis Island Family History Day and the launch of the American Family Immigration History Center® on April 17, 2001, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. instituted the Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards. These awards celebrate the Golden Door to America for the 17 million immigrants who came to this country through the Port of New York and Ellis Island. Forty percent of Americans today can trace their roots to an ancestor who was among those brave and determined individuals.

Annually, the Foundation honors a select number of these immigrants or their descendants who have made a major contribution to the American experience. By presenting a copy of the original ship's passenger manifest documenting their or their ancestors' arrival, we reflect on their journey, their courage and determination, and honor the unique contribution they have made to this "Nation of Immigrants."

Honorees are selected through a process that is guided by an Awards Committee of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The 2006 Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards Honorees:

Dr. Madeleine K. Albright Frank McCourt Shelly Lazarus Tommy Lasorda
Portrait of Madeleine Albright by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Dr. Madeleine K. Albright — 64th Secretary of State of the United States, she was the first woman Secretary of State and the highest-ranking woman in the history of the United States government. She served as a member of the President's Cabinet and National Security Council for eight years and was the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1993-1997. Born in Czechoslovakia, she and her family came to the United States in November 1948.

Frank McCourt — Born in Brooklyn to Irish immigrant parents, he was raised in desperate poverty in Ireland, an experience he so movingly described in his Pulitzer Prize winning memoir, Angela's Ashes. He is also the recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Award and the Abby Award. His Teacher Man: A Memoir is currently on the bestseller list. His mother entered America through Ellis Island.

Shelly Lazarus — Listed in Fortune Magazine's annual ranking of the 50 Most Powerful Women in American Business since its inception in 1998, she is Chairman and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, the firm where she has spent most of her three decades in the field of advertising. A highly sought after lecturer, she also serves on the boards of a number of business, philanthropic and academic institutions. She is the granddaughter of Ellis Island immigrants.

Tommy Lasorda — Baseball's most popular ambassador, he entered the major leagues as a left-handed pitcher with the beloved Brooklyn Dodgers. His extraordinary 20-year career managing the Los Angeles Dodgers was capped by his election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Following that he led to U.S. Olympic Baseball Team to the Gold Medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics. His father came to America through Ellis Island.

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