The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) to Kickoff the 24th Annual Ellis Island Medals of Honor

NECO to Present the 24th Annual Ellis Island Medals of Honor on Ellis Island, Saturday, May 8, 2010

NEW YORK, NY -- The National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) will kickoff — and announce the first group of recipients of — the 24th Annual Ellis Island Medals of Honor at a reception at The Children's Aid Society, 105 East 22nd Street, 9th Floor (corner of Park Avenue South) on Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 12:30-2:00 p.m. The 24th Annual Ellis Island Medals of Honor will be presented to approximately 95 outstanding individuals by NECO on Ellis Island, on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. The ceremony will be followed by the annual Gala Awards Dinner in the historic Great Hall.

The following first round nominees are expected to attend:

  • Richard R. Buery, Jr., President & CEO, The Children’s Aid Society
  • Sarkis Bedevian, Community Leader
  • Suraj Bhatia, President, Technology Consultants Service International, Inc.
  • George F. Brown, Chief of Detectives (Retired), NYPD
  • Lin-Chi (Jim) Chu, President, Mandarin Business Association
  • Raymond Diaz, Assistant Chief, NYPD
  • Lina Fang, Community Leader
  • Denis McGowan, Chief, US Department of Homeland Security
  • Hon. Rosemond Pierre-Louis, Manhattan Deputy Borough President
  • Joseph M. Saponaro, President, Elite Investigations Ltd.
  • Yen S. Chou, President, Chinese American Parent-Student Council
  • Wing K. Ma, Community Leader

Also nominated for the 2010 award, but unable to attend the February 2nd kick-off:

  • Thomas J. Donahue, President and CEO, US Chamber of Commerce
  • Rod G. Gilbert, President, NY Rangers Alumni Association-Cablevision-NY Rangers
  • E. Bulkeley Griswold, Managing Partner, Centripetal Capital Partners
  • Wolf H. Hengst, President (Retired), Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
  • Jerry M. Hultin, President, Polytechnic Institute of NYU
  • Dr. Tak W. Kwan, MD, Chinatown Cardiology, PC
  • Dr. William K. Lee, MD, President, Cardiac Associates of North Jersey
  • Jeremiah A. Mullins, Executive Vice President (Retired), Morgan Stanley
  • Michael J. Piazza, Former Major League Baseball Player
  • Matt H. Yildizlar, President, Metalight Industries LLC
  • Faryar Shirzad, Global Head/Office of Government Affairs, The Goldman Sachs Group
  • Rao Anumolu, President & CEO, ASR International Corp.
  • Michael Capasso, General Director, Dicapo Opera Theatre

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