Black Tie International Magazine 
Select your preferred language
Celebrity Philanthropy News
Society News
Save the Date 2024
Black Tie
International Real Estate
Black Tie Israel
Joyce Brooks
Gerard Mc Keon
Esther Muller
Meera Gandhi
Dr. Judy Kuriansky
Nightlife with Rose Billings
Black Tie  TV
Impact Investment
Featured Foundations
Co-Hosting Events
Listing Non-Profit Events
Share this Page
Black Tie China
Black Tie France
Black Tie Israel
Black Tie Philippines
New York Society
Palm Beach Society
International Society
Hampton Society
West Coast Society
U.S. Society
Philanthropy  Giving
Entrepreneurial & Philanthropy Awards
Event Resource Directory
Promote your Services
Event Talent Directory
Feature Your Talent
Couture Fashion
Fine Wines
 Health & Wellness
Interior Design
Investigative Services
Kids on Location
Legal Services
Luxury Yachts
Pet Services
Private Air
 Real Estate
Recommended Reading
Restaurant Reviews
Single Friendly Events
Social Announcements
Sustainable Investment
Wealth Management
Add your e-mail
of Black Tie

Black Tie Classic
George Clooney
Princess Diana
Back Issues
More Back Issues

























































































































































































































































































































































Save the Date    2010  1  2 3  5 The Season-PB 
E-mail this page to your friends
Black Tie International:
The Bob Hope Memorial Library Formal Dedication Ceremony

Bob Hope

Photo Courtesy of The  Bob Hope Legacy






Tuesday, October 12, 2010


An Act of Congress Names A National Landmark For
One of America's Most Beloved Immigrants and
World Renown Entertainers 

On Tuesday, October 12, 2010, the Hope Family including Bob Hope's daughter Linda Hope and his son Kelly Hope, and invited guests from the worlds of theater, film, television and comedy attendees to be  will gather for the formal dedication of the newly refurbished Bob Hope Memorial Library located in the Immigration Museum on Ellis Island. Those in attendance will enjoy a ribbon cutting ceremony, brief heartfelt speeches and musical performances to celebrate the opening. New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is issuing a proclamation for the occasion and his Honor will be represented by NYC Commissioner of Immigration, Fatima Shama.

Dolores Hope, 101, a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and a proud American of Irish and Italian heritage said, "Bob would be very pleased to receive this momentous honor. His arrival at Ellis Island, was an important moment for him, the beginning of a new life full of opportunity."

Linda Hope says, "This honor would have meant the world to my dad.  He was, of course, very proud of his English/Welsh roots but he loved his adopted country with a passion.  He loved the spirit of its people and he used to marvel at all the opportunities he had as an American.  He lived the American dream and spent much of his adult life giving back to the men and women who made the freedom he enjoyed possible, the United States Military." 

Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum selling, five-time Grammy nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook” will close the ceremony with his rendition of Bob Hope's signature song. Mr. Feinstein performed that song on Bob's 100th birthday celebration and is a longtime friend of the Hope family.  "Bob was a man who never forgot his roots and spent his life helping others. Knowing him was a great thrill and I'll be very proud to sing Thanks For The Memory in his honor," Mr. Feinstein said.

Following the ceremony, there will be a luncheon featuring British inspired fare that will include a couple of Bob Hope's favorite dishes that his mother Avis served such as a lemon meringue pie and lamb, one of his all time favorite dishes.


Bob Hope was one of America's most celebrated immigrants. The fifth of seven sons, he was born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, England on May 29, 1903. His English father, William Henry Hope, was a stonemason -- his Welsh mother, Avis Townes Hope, an aspiring concert singer.  In 1907, Leslie's mother brought her five sons through Ellis Island joining their father who had come over earlier  to make a home for them in Cleveland, OH. In 1920, by virtue of his father's naturalization, 'Bob' -- the name by which the world would later know him -- and his brothers became United States citizens. (Bob joked, I left England at the age of four when I found out I couldn't be king.")

For a man who once played third billing to Siamese twins and trained seals, Bob Hope became the most recognized profile and talent in the world. And, in the entire history of show business, no individual traveled so far -- so often -- to entertain so many. Hope entertained audiences in every decade of the 20th century -- from impersonating Charlie Chaplin in front of the firehouse in Cleveland in 1909, to celebrating an unprecedented 61 years with NBC in 1996. He was an innovative comedian who developed the art of the monologue and made America laugh for over 70 years.

Hope is perhaps most remembered for his dedication to entertaining the troops throughout 60 years, first  at March Field, California at the beginning of WWII continuing through Korea, Viet Nam with his final tour at age 87 to the Middle East with  Operation Desert Storm.  He was rewarded for this extraordinary effort by an Act of Congress naming him an honorary veteran, an honor which Hope treasured.

Bob Hope now holds two entries in The Guinness Book of World Records. His newest award is for having the distinction of being the entertainer with "the longest running contract with a single network - spanning sixty-one years." His first record was for being the "most honored entertainer."

Hope has more than two thousand awards and citations for humanitarian and professional efforts, including 54 honorary doctorates. He hosted the Academy Awards 19 times and received two Oscar statues. In 1952 he received an Honorary Academy Award for his contribution to the laughter of the World - his service to the Motion Picture Industry and his devotion to the American premise. In 1959, the Academy bestowed the Special Jean Hersholt Academy Award for Outstanding philanthropic contributions to the film industry.

Bob Hope's life story exemplifies the story of many who came to this country through Ellis Island, entering the country with little, but who then became successful citizens. Bob Hope died in 2003 at the age of 100.


The Bob Hope Memorial Library will showcase permanent and rotating exhibits of Bob Hope's career in the entertainment business as well as memorabilia pertaining to his USO tours and golfing endeavors.

The reading area at the Bob Hope Memorial Library, located on the third floor of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, contains books, periodicals, contemporary and historical photographs, film and video productions, unpublished manuscripts, archival collections, oral history interviews and other research materials relating to the history of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, immigration history and the National Park Service. 


Norman Liss, Esq., Chairman of Development of the Ellis Island Restoration Commission, stated, "The Commission is justly proud of its role in having recommended to the National Park Service naming the library the Bob Hope Memorial Library, and its role in initiating and sponsoring the naming legislation through an act of Congress.  The Commission, a pro bono group, is the same body that recommended the restoration of Ellis Island to the Department of Interior in 1980.  Through the congressional leadership of Congressman Eliot Engel of the House of Representatives and Senator Charles Schumer of the U.S. Senate, the Commission was successful in having the legislation passed by the House of Representatives 420-1 and subsequently by the U.S. Senate, and signed into law by the President."

In recognition of his many decades of work entertaining American troops overseas, Congress enacted Public Law 105-67 in 1997, which conferred on him status as an honorary U.S. Armed Forces Veteran.  He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1962, the Medal of Freedom in 1969, and the National Medal of Arts in 1995.

In commemoration of Bob Hope's lifetime achievements as someone who entered the country through Ellis Island, H.R. 759 re-designated the Ellis Island Library as the Bob Hope Memorial Library.

About Ellis Island, part of Statue of Liberty National Monument

Opened on January 1, 1892, Ellis Island became the nation's premier federal immigration station. In operation until 1954, more than 12 million immigrants were processed at the station. The main building was restored after 30 years of abandonment and opened as a museum on September 10, 1990. It has been estimated that more than 40 percent of America’s population today can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island.

Ellis Island is located in the upper bay just off the New Jersey coast, near the Statue of Liberty. The main building of the Immigration Station was restored after 30 years of abandonment and opened as a museum in 1990, administered by the National Park Service.



To list an upcoming event please contact


«  Back to Home





Joyce Brooks, Black Tie Jewellery,


Black Tie Israel


Esther Muller


Black Tie  International Philanthropy

Meera Gandhi

Featured Save the Date


Ray Dalio, Greenwich Library, Peterson Business Award


Black Tie International Realty


Featured Foundation


Peace Angel Project

avazoo logo

Launch of the First
Billion Dollar Charity Raffle


Black Tie Gift Selection


Black Tie Gift Selection


Featured Art


 Society News

Ocean emergency

Black Tie Magazine Gala
Carnegie Hall Opening Night
Casirta Maria
Zodiac Ball
Eliabeth Taylor Gala
Texas Heart Institute
Womens Foundation Gala
Meera Ghandi

Pamea Anderson


Prince Albert Gala


Featured Foundations

chuck feeney

Search the Site



Impact Investment

carbon geocycle

Black Tie China

lang lang foundation

Black Tie Philippines

City in a forest
black tie philippines

Nightlife with Rose Billings

Met Gala
sara Johnson
debutante Ball
Judy Kuriansky
Gerard Mc Keon

Celebrity Philanthropy News

sera Vergera
nicole Kidnman, jennifer Aniston
jean shafiroff, paul mc cartney
princess margaret of kent
Al Pacino, American Icon Awards
clive davis
american hospital of paris foundation
french heritage society
lupus research alliance
un women for peace
ben kingsley
ceylon tea party
Blavk Tie Gala
joyce brooks
central park conservatory
UN Correspondents Association
cardinal dolan
palm beach heart ball
vienese opera ball
lady in red gala
sanford stem cell
weizmann institute
carlos slim
israel 65th anniversary

Black Tie International Realty

secret paradise resort

Event Resources Directory

event resource directory



Copyright 2006 Black Tie Magazine. All Rights Reserved .

Privacy Policy |