On May 19, Patti LuPone received the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award at the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation’s “Gala in the Great Hall.” Diane von Furstenberg and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. were also honored at the gala. Here's a look at the evening.
Patti LuPone receives the Ellis Island Family Heritage Award
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. honored Diane von Furstenberg, Patti LuPone, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at its “Gala in the Great Hall” held at the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration. Ms. von Furstenberg received the B.C. Forbes Peopling of America® Award, and Ms. LuPone and Mr. Gates received the Ellis Island Family Heritage Awards. Meredith Vieira hosted the event, which included a performance by Norm Lewis.
The “Gala in the Great Hall” celebrated the opening of the Peopling of America Center at Ellis Island, new major exhibitions that chronicle immigration to America before the processing station at Ellis Island opened in 1892 and after it closed in 1954. With the completion of the post-Ellis Island era exhibition, the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration is the country’s official museum chronicling all immigration from the colonial era to today. More on the Peopling of America Center can be found at www.LibertyEllisFoundation.org.