Joan Kuyper Farver
earns 2007 Ellis Island Medal of Honor
- Pella Corp's
Chair Emeritus cited for outstanding contributions to America -
[05-21-2007]Pella Corporation, a leader in the window and door industry, today announced that its Chair Emeritus, Joan Kuyper Farver, has been named as a recipient of the prestigious national Ellis Island Medal of Honor recognizing her Dutch heritage and her outstanding contributions to American society.
Established by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations
(NECO) and presented annually since 1986, the award pays tribute to ancestry group's that comprise America's unique cultural mosaic.
The Pella native is one of only 100 United States citizens, among several thousand nominees, who earned the Medal of Honor in 2007.The honor is bestowed on those individuals who represent " ... a life dedicated to community service and who preserve and celebrate the history, traditions and values of his/her ancestry group(s), dedicate himself/herself to support and defend the values of American life, build bridges between ethnic, racial and religious groups in the US
and/or abroad, and share his
personal and professional gifts for the benefit of humanity."Farver
is the daughter the late Pete and Lucile Kuyper.
A graduate of Grinnell College
in Grinnell, Iowa, and a strong supporter of communities and charitable causes, Joan Kuyper Farver
has dedicated her
life and her
family legacy to helping others. "Known as Pella Corporation's ,First Lady,' Joan is an inspiration to those who know her and is certainly deserving of this prestigious national recognition," said Mel Haught, president and CEO of Pella Corporation.
truly cares about others and the communities in which our team members live, and it shows in her
support of others and causes they care about," he
said.The United States Senate
and House of Representatives
have each passed resolutions recognizing the Ellis Island Medals of Honor, which rank among the most prestigious awards in the United States.Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients are named each year in May and are listed in the U.S. Congressional Record, honoring those who have made enduring contributions to America and the world.
With this distinction, Farver
joins an impressive list of previous recipients, including six U.S.
Presidents, Nobel laureates, entertainers, athletes, entrepreneurs, religious leaders, military personnel, and business executives.