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2007 Heritage Awards

The Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards - 2007

April 17, 2007 marked the 100th anniversary of the busiest day in Ellis Island’s storied immigrant processing history when 11,747 immigrants were processed, more than double a normal day. In celebration of the 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 were presented by Tommy Lasorda, Foundation Board Member, and Dirk Kempthorne, Secretary, U.S. Department of the Interior, in a ceremony hosted by Lynn Sherr of ABC News.

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William D. Novelli

Public Service

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. 

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