Christine E. Lynn, one of Boca’s longtime mega-philanthropists, is about to receive a very big honor.

The name that appears on buildings and institutions throughout the region, including Boca Raton Regional Hospital’s Christine E. Lynn Heart and Vascular Institute, Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute and the Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute is about to be inscribed on the list of 2013 “Ellis Island Medal of Honor” awardees by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO).

The honor is bestowed each year to approximately 100 individuals who have distinguished themselves within their own ethnic group while exemplifying the values of the American way of life.

Past medalists include six U.S. Presidents, Nobel Prize winners and leaders of industry, education, the arts and sports, as well as everyday Americans who, according to NECO “have made freedom, liberty and compassion a part of their life’s work.” Notable awardees have included George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Lee Iacocca, Muhammad Ali, Joe DiMaggio and Martin Scorsese.

Lynn’s community philanthropic contributions have had a dramatic impact on countless numbers of people and a host of organizations in South Florida. A native of Norway, Ms. Lynn was trained as a registered and surgical nurse in Oslo. She married insurance magnate Eugene Lynn in 1980 and became a longtime resident of Boca Raton. In 2008, Boca Raton magazine named her as its “Hometown Hero” for her outstanding generosity and love for her community. “This honor is especially significant to me,” said Ms. Lynn, who is the recipient of myriad accolades for her social largesse. “Not only am I humbled to be included in such a prestigious list of awardees, but as a young Norwegian woman, I sailed past Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and felt the profound effect and meaning those sites have for all Americans, regardless of race, creed or ethnicity.”

Ms. Lynn, along with her fellow honorees, will receive her award in a ceremony and dinner to be held in the Great Hall on Ellis Island May 11th.