The Henry Ford announced it received a $3 million donation from the Mort & Brigitte Harris Foundation.
“We are so honored and touched by the generosity of the Harris Foundation,” said Patricia Mooradian, President and CEO of The Henry Ford. “This donation will help provide the resources needed to create a long-awaited gymnasium and fitness center for our students at Henry Ford Academy. The late Mort Harris was a wonderful friend and longtime supporter of The Henry Ford and during his lifetime had a great impact on businesses and institutions in Southeast Michigan. He was an agent of change in every way and believed deeply in the power of community and education.
Harris, a Detroit native, was a World War II veteran who enlisted in the United States Air Force. He became a highly decorated officer and pilot, completing 33 successful missions in a B-17 “Flying Fortress”. He was awarded three US Distinguished Flying Crosses, six Air Medals, a Presidential Citation, the Polish Medal of Honor and the French Legion of Honor Medal, all recognizing rare heroism and exceptional leadership.
Harris became a successful entrepreneur and businessman. Among the many companies he helped create was the automotive supply giant American Axle and Manufacturing.
In addition to the Mort Harris Health and Wellness Center, The Henry Ford will also recognize Mort Harris and the generosity of the Foundation by naming the central gallery space of the exhibition Heroes of the Sky – The Mort Harris Aviation Gallery .