Ellis Island Medals of Honor
Philanthropist Lorraine Thomas, the co-founder of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, was among the honorees who received the 2016 Ellis Island Medal of Honor from the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations in an awards ceremony held on Ellis Island.
The Ellis Island Medals of Honor embody the spirit of America in their celebration of patriotism, tolerance, brotherhood and diversity. They 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.