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ELLIS ISLAND MEDALS OF HONOR AWARDS CEREMONY--NECO CHAIRMAN WILLIAM DENIS FUGAZY LEADS DRAMATIC CEREMONY
(Extensions of Remarks - November 14, 2002)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E2002-E2003] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] ELLIS ISLAND MEDALS OF HONOR AWARDS CEREMONY--NECO CHAIRMAN WILLIAM DENIS FUGAZY LEADS DRAMATIC CEREMONY ______ HON. DAN BURTON of indiana in the house of representatives Wednesday, November 13, 2002 Mr. BURTON of Indiana. Mr. Speaker, On behalf of Ellis Island Medals of Honor Ceremonies, I am submitting the following statement for the Record. Standing on the hallowed grounds of Ellis Island--the portal through which 17 million immigrants entered the United States--a cast of ethnic Americans who have made significant contributions to the life of this nation were presented with the coveted Ellis Island Medal of Honor at an emotionally uplifting ceremony. This year's event was dedicated to the memory of those individuals whose lives were lost on September 11, 2001. NECO's annual medal ceremony and reception on Ellis Island in New York Harbor is the Nation's largest celebration of ethnic pride. Representing a rainbow of ethnic origins, this year's recipients received their awards in the shadow of the historic Great Hall, where the first footsteps were taken by the millions of immigrants who entered the U.S. in the latter part of the nineteenth century. ``Today we honor great ethnic Americans who, through their achievements and contributions, and in the spirit of their ethnic origins, have enriched this country and have become role models for future generations,'' said NECO Chairman William Denis Fugazy. ``In addition, we honor the immigrant experience--those who passed through this Great Hall decades ago, and the new immigrants who arrive on American soil seeking opportunity.'' Mr. Fugazy added, ``it doesn't matter how you got here or if you already were here. Ellis Island is a symbol of the freedom, diversity and opportunity ingredients inherent in the fabric of this nation. Although many recipients have no familial ties to Ellis Island, their ancestors share similar histories of struggle and hope for a better life here.'' Established in 1986 by NECO, the Ellis Island Medals of Honor pay tribute to the ancestry groups that comprise America's unique cultural mosaic. To date, approximately 1500 American citizens have received medals. NECO is the largest organization of its kind in the U.S. serving as an umbrella group for over 250 ethnic organizations and whose mandate is to preserve ethnic diversity, promote ethnic and religious equality, tolerance and harmony, and to combat injustice, hatred and bigotry. NECO has a new goal in its humanitarian mission: saving the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions. NECO has founded The Forum's Children Foundation, which brings children from developing nations needing life-saving surgery to the United States for treatment. Ellis Island Medals of Honor recipients are selected each year through a national nomination process. Screening committees from NECO's member organizations select the final nominees, who are then considered by the Board Directors. Past Ellis Island Medals of Honor recipients have included several U.S. Presidents, entertainers, athletes, entrepreneurs, religious leaders and business executives, such as William Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, George Bush, Richard Nixon, George Pataki, Mario Cuomo, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Michael Douglas, Gloria Estefan, Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Elie Wiesel, Muhammad Ali, Mickey Mantle, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Barbara Walters, Terry Anderson, Dr. Michael DeBakey, Senator John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Attorney General Janet Reno. Congratulations to the 2002 Ellis Island Medals of Honor Recipients: Abel Abrahamsen, Chairman Emeritus/Co-Founder, Norwegian Immigration Assoc., Norwegian; William Achenbaum, President, S/A Associates, Russian; Elias S. Adamopoulos, M.D., President, Piraeus Realty Corp., Hellenic; Hector Alcalde, Chairman & CEO, Alcalde & Fay, Spanish; Kurt Aschermann, Sr. Vice President, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, German/ Austrian/Italian; Lawrence Auriana, Chairman, Federated Kaufman Fund, Italian; Kenneth E. Behring, CEO & Founder, Wheelchair Foundation, German; Hon. Cornelius Blackshear, Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, African; Barbara Blair, CEO, Cyberstaff, Russian; Michael J. Brescia, M.D., Sr. V.P. & Exec. Med. Dir., Calvary Hospital, Italian; Lt. Gen. Bryan D. Brown, Commanding General, US Army Special Operations Command, Irish; Jeanette Grasselli Brown, Chair, Ohio Board of Regents, Hungarian; Maurice A. Buckley, President & CEO, Irish Chamber of Commerce in the USA, English/Irish; Preston C. Caruthers, General Partner, Carfam II Associates, L.P., Scottish/English; Steven W. Casteel, Assist. Admin. For Intelligence, US Dept of Justice, Dutch; Peter Castellana, Jr., President & CEO, Western Beef, Inc., Irish/Italian; Joseph R. Cerrell, Chairman & CEO, Cerrell Associates, Inc., Italian/French; Stephen Cherpelis, CEO, Stephen Cherpelis Enterprises, Inc., Hellenic; Hon. Michael Chertoff, Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Russian/Polish; Stanley M. Chesley, Attorney, Waite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley Co., Ukrainian; Michael V. Ciresi, Partner & Chairman, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., Italian; Anthony S. Colavita, Esq., Attorney and Councilman, Italian/Irish; William J. Collis, M.D., Founder & Ophthalmic Surgeon, Kentucky Eye Institute, Hellenic; Martin E. Cooperman, Managing Partner, Grant Thornton, Russian/Polish; Salvatore J. Cumella, M.D., Executive Producer/President ``Women to Women'' Radio Show, Cumella Professional Services Inc., Italian; John C. Cushman III, Chairman, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., English/Dutch. Lucia Grieco Danzi, 100 years old, Italian; Oscar Davis, Chairman, Hayward Industries, Inc., Hungarian; Gen. Raymond G. Davis, USMC, United States Marine Corps, Scottish/German; Joseph J. DePaolo, President & CEO, Signature Bank, Italian; Thomas B. Doolan, President & CEO, TBD & Associates Inc., Irish; Harry A. Dorian Esq., Armenian; Thomas C. Eakin, President, Ohio Baseball Hall of Fame, Scottish/Irish/ English; Marvin E. Eisenstadt, President, Cumberland Packing Corp., Russian; Terrence A. Elkes, Principal, Apollo Partners LLC, Russian/Polish; Eugene C. Enlow, Chairman & CEO, Atlantic Detroit Diesel-Allison, German; Joseph Anthony Esposito, President & CEO, eResearch Technology, Italian; John H. Eyler, Jr., Chairman & CEO, Toys `R' Us, Inc., English/German/Irish; John Joseph Fareri, President, Fareri Associates, L.P., Italian; George N. Faris, Chairman & CEO, American International, Petroleum Corporation, Lebanese; John P. Ferguson, President & CEO, Hackensack University Medical Center, Irish/Italian, Scottish; John Fitzpatrick, CEO, [[Page E2003]] Fitzpatrick Hotel Group N.A., Irish; Dewey Fong, Deputy Chief, New York City Police Department, Chinese; Hon. Vito J. Fossella, Member of Congress, U.S. House of Representatives, Italian/Irish; Daniel Frasca, Executive Director of Finance & Administration, New York State United Teachers, Italian; Louis J. Freeh, Sr. Vice Chairman, MBNA, America, Italian/ Irish/German; Clifford H. Friedman, Senior Managing Director, Constellation Ventures, Russian. Andre P. Gambucci, Consultant to the President, The Acordia Cos Wells Fargo, Italian; Joe Garagiola, Former Baseball Player, TV Announcer, Joe G. Enterprises, Italian; Michael Gewitz, M.D., Professor & Director. Dept. of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital At Westchester Med. Center, Russian/ Austrian/Slovakian; George Gialamas, President & CEO, Gialamas Company, Hellenic; Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor, CUNY, Romanian/Polish/Austrian; John B. Goodman, Chairman, The Goodman Group, Russian/Romanian/Lithuanian; C. Flemming Heilmann, Principal, Banyan Projects, Danish; Werner F. Hiller, Founder & President, The Hiller Family Foundation, German; John H. Hong, President, Hanmi Realty, Korean; Myung Mike Hong, Chairman & CEO, Dura Coat Products, Inc., South Korean; Professor James Jacobson, Associate Professor of Education, Saint Peter's College, Finnish; Eugenia Janke, Chairman, Tolstoy Foundation, Russian; Kaija R. Kalervo, President, American Finnish Community Club, Inc., Finnish; Professor Andrew G. Kampiziones, Professor of Philosophy, Francis Marion State University, Hellenic; Hon. Marcy Kaptur, Member of Congress-9th District U.S. House of Representatives, Polish; James G. Kennedy, President, James G. Kennedy & Co., Inc., Irish/French; Joseph Kisup Kim, President, Kim's Jewelers, Korean; William C. Korner, President & CEO, Prinexus, Scottish/English; Gust C. Kraras, President & CEO, KCK & GCM, Inc., Hellenic; Kent Kresa, Chairman & CEO, Northrop Grumman Corp., German; Robert I. Kuperman, Chairman & CEO, DDB/New York, Russian. Joseph R. Lagana, President & CEO, United States Information Systems, Inc., Italian; Joseph J. Lagano, President & Founder, J. Lagano Family Foundation, Italian; Louis E. Lataif, Dean--School of Management, Boston University, Lebanese; Br. Robert E. Lavelle, C.S.C, Headmaster, Gilmore Academy, Irish; Josephine LeBeau, Executive Director Vice President, AFSCME International, French/Creole; Professor Heo-Peh Lee, President & CEO, Shie- Jie Enterprises Group, Chinese; Joe (McCoy) Lenti, Vice President/Program Director, WCBS-FM Radio, Italian; Mark M. Lii, President, Ten Ren Tea & Ginseng Co., Inc., Chinese; Dr. Johnny M.J. Lu, President, Lucoral Co., Inc., Chinese; William Lucy, International Secretary-Treasurer, AFSCME, African; Martin J. Maddaloni, General President, United Association of Plumbers & Pipefitters, Italian; Farah B. Majidzadeh, CEO & Chairperson, Resource International, Inc., Iranian; Lt. Gen. Dan K. McNeill, Commanding General United States Army, XVIII Airborne Corps & Ft. Bragg, Scottish; Frank Meehan, International Vice President & President, UFCW--Local 1500, Irish; John R. Miller, Vice Chairman, KPMG, Welsh/English; Matthew Mirones, Assemblyman, Hellenic; Alfred T. Mockett, Chairman & CEO, AMS, English; Ralph Salvatore Mosca, M.D., Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Children's Hospital of New York, Italian/Irish/German; John P. Moses, Esq., Moses and Gelso, Lebanese; Murlan J. Murphy, Jr., Principal, JTM Company, Irish; Mike Mehmet Mustafoglu, Chairman & CEO, Transglobal Financial Corporation, Turkish; A. Maurice Myers, Chairman, President & CEO, Waste Management, Danish/Austrian. Nicholas Andrew Natsios, Retired-Senior C.I.A. Official, Central Intelligence Agency, Hellenic; ADM. Robert J. Natter, USN, Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, Austrian/ Scottish/Irish; Albert G. Nickel, President, Chairman & CEO, Lyons Lavey Nickel Swift, German; Louis Nicozisis, President, NICO Properties Group, Hellenic; Hon. Lyndon L. Olson, Jr., Senior Advisor, Citigroup, Swedish; Harry C. Orbelian, Conductor & Musical Director, Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Armenian/Ukrainian; Vasilia (Bess) Pappas, Director Hellenic Cardiac Fund for Children, Children's Hospital Boston, Hellenic; Michael F. Parlamis, President & CEO, Frank Parlamis Inc., Hellenic; Santo Petrocelli, CEO, Petrocelli Electric Company, Inc., Italian; John George Poles, Senior Partner, Poles, Tublin, Patestides & Stratakis LLP, Hellenic; Albert T. Primo, President & CEO, Eyewitness News Service, Inc., Italian; Hon. A. Gail Prudenti, Presiding Justice, State of New York, Italian/German; Anthony R. Pustorino, Professor Emeritus, Pace University, Italian; Robert C. Radice, Chairman & CEO (retired), Radice Corporation, Italian; John C. Rakkou, President & CEO, Interbank of New York, Hellenic; George Randazzo, Founder and Chairman of the Board, National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, Italian; Hon. Edward D. Re, Chief Judge Emeritus, US Court of International Trade, Italian; Dr. Arthur Lachlan Reed, Lachlan International, Scottish; Mona Romain, Assistant Treasurer, United Federation of Teachers, West Indian; Michael L. Royce, Acting President, Pennsylvania Station Redevelopment Corp., Polish/Russian; Charles J. Santelli, Director of Policy & Program Development, New York State United Teachers, Italian; Chief Michael Scagnelli, Chief of Transportation, N.Y.P.D., Italian; Hon. Chris Victor Semos, Former Governmental Consultant, Hellenic; Phillip J. Shapiro, President & CEO, Liberty Maritime Corp., Russian/Polish; Rhona Hope Silver, CEO, Rhona Silver's Huntington Townhouse, Russian/Polish; James L. Singleton, President, The Cypress Group LLC, Irish/ Portuguese; Hon. Dean G. Skelos, Senator, New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader, Hellenic; Edward D. Soma, M.D., Lebanese; Hon. Michael Sotirhos, US Ambassador (Retired), Hellenic; George W. Souvall, President, Leisure Management Corporation, Hellenic; Dean A. Spanos, President, San Diego Chargers, Hellenic; Daniel J. ``Rusty'' Staub, Chairman, NYP & Firefighters' Widow & Childrens Benefit Fund, German/Irish; Hon. Joseph A. Suozzi, Senior Partner, Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, P.C., Italian; Laurence M. Traub, President, Intermetal Corporation, Russian/Lithuanian/ Byelorussia; Savey Tufenkian, Executive Vice President (Retired), Western Waste Industries, Armenian; Rajendra B. Vattikuti, Founder & Co-Chairman, Covansys, Asian Indian; Antonio ``Nino'' Vendome, CEO, Vendome Group, Italian; Hon. James T. Walsh, Member of Congress N.Y. 25, Irish; David Walters, Former Governor of Oklahoma/President, Walters Power International, German/French/Swiss; Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Professor/Author/Therapist, German; Major General George N. Williams, Commander, 21st U.S. Air Force, Hellenic; George C. Zoley, Vice Chairman & CEO, Wackenhut Corrections Corporation, Hellenic. ____________________