AMERICAN SPIRIT: Elie Tahari and jewelry designer Joan Hornig were among the 100 Americans who received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor on Saturday. Presented by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, the ceremony was followed by a dinner in the Great Hall on Ellis Island.
Since 1986, NECO has honored Americans at the event to pay tribute to the ancestry groups that comprise America’s cultural mosaic. Previous recipients include six former U.S. presidents and many Nobel Prize winners. As ferries shuttled back to Battery Park, guests caught a Grucci-launched fireworks display set over the Statue of Liberty.
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To commemorate the evening, Hornig designed a collection of cuff links and necklaces featuring an image of the Statue of Liberty, with all proceeds being donated to preserve Ellis Island. She is selling them through her Web site.
This week, Tahari will showcase his medal in the window of the Fifth Avenue Vault boutique. “I am so humbled to receive this truly special honor. The United States is the land of opportunity, and today, now more than ever, I feel so blessed to call it my home,” he said. “Each day, people from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds walk past my storefront. Displaying my medal is an act of uniting us all and showing my love for this great country.”