The Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards celebrate the extraordinary lives of select American's who trace their ancestry through Ellis Island, an earlier era of arrival, and the post-Ellis Island era. The Foundation chooses a select number of these immigrants of their descendants and celebrates the major contributions they have made to our "Nation of Immigrants."
Billie Jean King & Gregory Annenberg Weingarten are honored as descendants of immigrants who arrived before Ellis Island opened; F. Murray Abraham as a descendant of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island when they came to America; and Daniel Libeskind for representing new immigration of those who came to America after Ellis Island stopped being a port of entry.
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F. Murray Abraham, Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, Billie Jean King, Daniel Libeskind
Billie Jean King & Ilana Kloss
Daniel Libeskind - Architect of the Freedom Tower
Stephen Briganti - President and CEO of Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Foundation
Vincent D'Elia, Jessica Tyler Wright, Jeremy Morse