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Mike Krzyzewski John J. Mack William D. Novelli Josie Natori
Mike Krzyzewski John J. Mack William D. Novelli Josie Natori

April 17, 2007 marks the Centennial of the busiest day in Ellis Islandís storied immigrant processing history, when 11,747 newcomers entered America through that gateway. A usual day saw some 5,000 immigrants processed.

In celebration of this historic day The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation presented its
6th Annual Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards
at 11 A.M. in the Great Hall at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. The 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. In addition, the Peopling of America Award is given to an immigrant who came after the Ellis Era or through another port of entry.

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."

Each year, honorees are selected through a process that is guided by an Awards Committee of the Foundationís Board of Directors.

The 2007 Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards Honorees:

Mike Krzyzewski
Recently appointed United States National Basketball Head Coach for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he is a Hall of Famer who is known by fans worldwide as "Coach K" of the three-time National Champion Duke University Blue Devils. The winningest coach in NCAA Tournament history, Coach K is a man who sets the bar high as a humanitarian of sport and an ambassador of education. His players regard him as a father figure, and his coaching staff and close friends consider him the ideal mentor. Coach K's Polish grandfather arrived in America by way of Ellis Island in 1906.

John J. Mack
Mr. Mack was elected Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Stanley in June 2005, having spent nearly 30 years at the firm in various positions. Previously, he served as Chairman of Pequot Capital Management, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse Group and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse First Boston. He is a graduate of Duke University, where he is a member of the Board of Trustees. Mr. Mack is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of New York-Presbyterian Hospital (The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell), and serves as a Trustee of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. His Lebanese father and grandfather both immigrated to the U.S., the latter passing through Ellis Island in 1903.

William D. Novelli
A recognized leader in the international practice of social marketing, Bill Novelli is CEO of AARP, a membership organization of 38 million people age 50 and older. Co-Founder and President of Porter Novelli, one of the world's largest marketing/public relations agencies, Mr. Novelli departed after nearly two decades in 1990 to pursue a second career in public service. He was President of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — he remains chairman of the board — and served as Executive Vice President of CARE, the world's largest private relief and development organization. He has written extensively on marketing management, communications and social marketing and is the author of 50+:Igniting a Revolution to Reinvent America. Mr. Novelli's grandfather arrived at Ellis Island from Italy in 1897.

This award honors an immigrant who does not trace roots to Ellis Island but arrived at another time and/or through another port of entry. The 2007 award honors Josie Natori — Born in the Philippines, Josie Natori left Manila in 1964 to study economics at Manhattanville College. After graduating, she rose rapidly to become the first female vice president of investment banking at Merrill Lynch. But in 1976, Natori left banking and entered the field of fashion, ultimately reconfiguring the lingerie industry as CEO of Natori Company. She sits on many corporate and non-profit boards and devotes significant amounts of time to charitable efforts on behalf of women and fashion both in the U.S. and in the Philippines.

Photos from the Ellis Island Heritage Awards

More on Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards

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2005 Recipients  |  2004 Recipients  |  2003 Recipients  |  2001 Recipients


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