|The Dutch American Hall of Fame|
The following individuals and organizations have been recipients of the Dutch American Heritage Award. For more information about the honorees, please click on the name of the recipient.
2012 - Peter Laanen, Entrepreneur and International Trade Director
2010 - Carl Nolet Jr., Entrepreneur and Philanthropist
2009 - Jeroen Krabbe, Actor, Director, Artist
2008 - Hendrika (Henny) Neys, Philanthropist
2007 - Johannes van Tilburg, FAIA, President, Van Tilburg, Barnvard and Soderbergh Architects, AIA
2006 - J.C. Huizenga, Manufacturer, Educational Reformer, Entrepreneur
2005 - NESSO, the Netherlands Social Services Organization
2005 - William J. Heetderks, MD, PhD, Associate Director National Institutes of Health
2004 - Ben Apon, Industrialist
2004 - Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema, War Hero & Author
2003 - Bram Benjamins, Retired industrialist
2003 - Robert G. van Schoonenberg, Executive VP, Avery Dennison Corporation
2002 - Ann M. Veneman, United States Department of Agriculture
2002 - Dr. Steef van Adelsberg, Pediatrician
2001 - Paul Verhoeven, Film Director
2001 - Gene Van Dyke, Founder, Owner & President Vanco Energy Company
2000 - Bill Jones, California Secretary of State
1999 - Dr. Willem Kolff, Professor, Inventor
1998 - H. Wayne Huizenga, Chairman, Republic Industries
1997 - John W. Amerman, Chairman Board of Directors Mattel, Inc.
1996 - Joan van Ark, Actress, Director
1995 - Walter Cronkite, Radio and Television Journalist
1994 - Maarten Schmidt, Professor of Astronomy at Cal Tech
1993 - Rockwell Schnabel, Ambassador of the United States
1992 - Joyce Kennard, California Supreme Court Justice
On October 14th 2007 the Southern California Chapter of the Netherland-America Foundation (NAF-SCC), formerly the Dutch American Heritage Foundation, held its Dinner and Ball to celebrate the 16th annual Dutch American Heritage Day at the splendid California Club in Los Angeles. The event, which was chaired by Dick van Hoepen, first President of the NAF-SCC, was attended by 224 people.
The Fifteenth Annual Gala to celebrate Dutch American Heritage Day was held on Saturday November 18, 2006 in the elegant grand ballroom of the California Club in downtown Los Angeles. J.C. Huizenga, entrepreneur, manufacturer and educational reformer from Grand Rapids, Michigan was honored and inducted into the Dutch American Hall of Fame. President Bush extended his congratulations to Mr. Huizenga and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa honored Mr. Huizenga with a certificate of recognition on behalf of the City of Los Angeles. Noted Dutch pianist Michiel Borstlap supported by Darek Oleszkiewics and Peter Erskine provided entertainment. Melina Gerges, soprano, entertained us with several arias.
The Fourteenth Annual Gala to celebrate Dutch American Heritage Day was held on Wednesday November 16, 2005 in the elegant grand ballroom of the California Club in downtown Los Angeles. William J. Heetderks, MD, PhD, of the National Institutes of Health, and the NESSO, the Netherlands Social Services Organization, were inducted into the Dutch American Hall of Fame.&nsbp; President Bush issued a special proclamation honoring Dr. Heetderks. The Pieter Meijers quintet again provided wonderful music to listen and dance to. Melina Gerges, soprano, entertained us with several arias.
The Thirteenth Annual Gala to celebrate Dutch American Heritage Day was held on Tuesday, November 16, 2004 in the grand ballroom of the California Club in downtown Los Angeles. Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema, World War II hero and author, and Ben Apon, owner and CEO of Chromapon Scientific, Inc. were inducted into the Dutch American Hall of Fame.
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