Detroit Symphony Orchestra Heroes Gala Honors Mort Harris
This past weekend on Saturday, June 22, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) honored Mort Harris at its ninth annual Heroes Gala.
The Heroes Gala was founded in 2010 to honor men and women who represent and positively impact the vision and values of the DSO. Mort Harris and his late wife Brigitte have been supporters of the DSO for decades, including tenure on the Board of Directors and recognition as Directors Emeriti.
Mort had a decorated military career, where he served as a Flying Fortress First Pilot in World War II. He flew 33 missions and received three U.S. Distinguished Flying Crosses, six air medals, the Polish Medal of Honor, a Presidential Citation and the French Legion of Honor medal for his heroic valor in combat. Mort led the mission over Warsaw to drop supplies and ammunition to the Polish and had 33 successful missions flying a B-17 behind enemy lines. He had his plane shot down twice, was rescued at sea and was the only airman to successfully complete eight bombing missions over Berlin in World War II.
In 2018, Mort was honored by Northwood University as an Outstanding Business Leader in recognition of his success, humility, kindness and charity. He has since been a key benefactor for Northwood University’s North Village Apartments.
Mort’s unceasing generosity to the arts, education and health care industries have touched countless lives within the community and the state of Michigan. He is a perfect example of entrepreneurship, philanthropy and the Northwood Idea.
Have a great weekend!