Pasquale Pistorio received on May 12, 2012 in New York the Ellis Island Medal of Honor Award for his philanthropic and humanitarian work.
Both the United States House of Representatives and Senate have officially recognized the Ellis Island Medals of Honor. Each year’s recipients are read into the Congressional Record. Past Medalists include six Presidents,
as well as Nobel Prize winners and leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government.
The ELLIS ISLAND MEDALS OF HONOR are awarded annually to a group of distinguished living personalities who meet one or more of the following criteria:
EXEMPLIFIES a life dedicated to the American way of hard work, self-improvement and community service.
PRESERVES and celebrates the history, traditions, and values of his or her ancestry group(s).
DEDICATES himself or herself to support and defend the values of American life.
BUILDS bridges between ethnic, racial, and religious groups in the U.S. and/or abroad.
REINFORCES the bonds between an American heritage group and its land(s) of origin.
NURTURES the life of a particular ethnic or heritage group, enabling that group to participate more fully in American society.
SHARES his or her personal and professional gifts with the local, national, or international community.
CONTRIBUTES distinguished service to humanity in any field, profession, or occupation.