Yue-Sai Kan to Receive the Prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor on May 10th
APRIL 1, 2014, NEW YORK, NY – On Saturday, May 10th, 2014, TV host, author and financial expert Maria Bartiromo, FOX hit reality series So You Think You Can Dance creator and celebrity judge Nigel Lythgoe, U.S. Representative Ed Royce, Fashion Designer Elie Tahari, Illinois Sec. of State Jesse White, National Guard Bureau GEN Frank J. Grass, USA, TV host and humanitarian Yue-Sai Kan, philanthropist and jewelry designer Joan Hornig, Cosmetics Entrepreneur Victoria Jackson and more than 100 other Ellis Island Medals of Honor recipients at Press-Only Reception hosted by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations -NECO at 4 p.m. at The Ritz Carlton- Battery Park in New York City. British-born Nigel Lythgoe will receive the International Medal for his charitable and educational efforts on behalf of the arts. NECO will present the 28th Annual Ellis Island Medal of Honor Ceremony on Ellis Island at 6:30 p.m. The Ceremony will be followed by a Gala Dinner in the historic Great Hall. Emmy-winning WPIX-11 Senior Correspondent Marvin Scott and renowned entertainer Tom Dreesen will be the Masters of Ceremony.
According to Nasser J. Kazeminy, Chairman of NECO, “NECO is about investing in the power of caring, where people from all cultures and walks of life stand together arm in arm to make a real difference in our world through shared compassion and philanthropy. Each of these honorees represent traits that I admire in great Americans: the vision of a better world for all; the tenacity to overcome great adversity; the leadership and imagination to blaze their own trail. And most importantly, they have the humility and self-reflection to appreciate the amazing opportunities the America has given them. They inspire me; and we honor them so they can inspire others as well.”
The Ellis Island Medals of Honor embody the spirit of America in their celebration of patriotism, tolerance, brotherhood and diversity. We recognize individuals who have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity; all while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America. As always, NECO remains dedicated to the maintenance and restoration of America’s greatest symbol of its immigrant history, Ellis Island. Since the Medal was founded in 1986, we have honored such distinguished and diverse Americans including: six Presidents of the United States; Nobel Prize recipient Elie Wiesel, , Generals Norman Schwarzkopf and Colin Powell, Hon. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sen. John McCain, Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra, Barbara Walters, Mike Wallace, Quincy Jones, Mia Farrow, just to name a few. – all who have distinguished themselves through their significant contributions to this country. The Ellis Island Medal of Honor ranks among the nation’s most prestigious awards. The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have officially recognized the Ellis Island Medals of Honor, and each year the recipients are listed in the Congressional Record. To date, more than 1,800 American citizens have received Ellis Island Medals of Honor.
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