NECO Announces the 2017 Ellis Island Medals of Honor Recipients
May 13, NEW YORK, NY – Today, the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO), announced the recipients of the 2017 Ellis Island Medals of Honor. Founder of Reborn International Outreach, James P. Sherlock, legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Governor John Kasich of Ohio, Chairman/CEO of PepsiCo Indra Nooyi, CNN host/journalist Fareed Zakaria, CEO of HSN Mindy Grossman, actress/film studio executive Sherry Lansing and chef/restaurateur Thomas Keller. In its 31st year, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor ceremony took place in the original registry room at Ellis Island where 12 million immigrants came through hosted by legendary journalist Marvin Scott.
Ellis Island Medal of Honor is awarded to individuals who have made it their mission to share their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity with those less fortunate; all while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America.
Since the Medal was founded in 1986 this distinguished honor has been given to seven Presidents of the United States, Nobel Prize recipient Elie Wiesel, Generals Norman Schwarzkopf and Colin Powell, Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Bob Hope; Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra; Rosa Parks; Mike Wallace and Mia Farrow.
NECO receives thousands of nominations each year for this award and it’s our pleasure to announce that Point Pleasant Beach resident, Jimmy Sherlock has now been awarded the 2017 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
In the Spirit of Mother Teresa, Jimmy Sherlock established Reborn International Outreach in 2010. Starting in Kenya, Reborn began sponsoring orphans/children in need by paying their school fees and then started taking children who lived on the streets and placed them into a boarding school.