On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Irish American Heritage Museum, we invite you to join us for the Annual Governor Hugh L. Carey Awards Gala Dinner, November 1st, at 6 PM at The Desmond. We are honoring two of the Capital District’s most respected and generous community leaders, Pulitzer Prize winning author William Kennedy and Sister Katherine Graber, RSM, on behalf of the Religious Sisters of Mercy.
To add to the evening’s excitement, we will be joined by the Honorable Gerald Jennings as our Master of Ceremonies. Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and The Ambassador Consul General of Ireland Barbara Jones have graciously agreed to serve as Honorary Co-Chairs.
The Irish American Heritage Museum, a 501(c)3 nonprofit permanently chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York as an educational institution, strives to tell the stories of the Irish and Irish Americans here in the United States. Our mission is to preserve and tell the story of the contributions of the Irish people and their culture in America, inspiring all to examine their own heritage.
The Museum displays its exhibits in state-of-the- art exhibit galleries. Its programs include author readings and book signings, lecture series, films and documentaries, genealogy workshops, and home to the Paul O’Dwyer Library. The Museum is also the recipient of the 2014 Partners in Education Award presented by the Capital District Council for the Social Studies.
For many years, Hugh Carey served on the Museum’s Board of Advisors, providing guidance and helping facilitate the Museum’s educational programs and events. As you know, among his many, many accomplishments in public life first as a U.S. Congressman and then Governor of New York, Mr. Carey led efforts to end the violence in Northern Ireland and support peace in the region at a time when this was not a fashionable cause for U.S. elected officials. Further, he actively sought to foster beneficial links between Ireland and the U.S. by helping to maintain and grow commerce between the two countries and encouraging goodwill and sportsmanship.
Pulitzer Prize winning Irish American author William Kennedy’s “Albany” novels feature the members of the Irish American Phelan family. A novelist, playwright and screenwriter, Mr. Kennedy is “…a writer who captures time, transforms it, then guides it forward into the present for his readers to consume.” (National Book Award–winning Irish author Colum McCann.) The Religious Sisters of Mercy, founded by Mother Catherine McAuley in Dublin in 1831, have served the world for over 150 years. They helped found St. Peter’s Hospital and have served the Capital Region in many community endeavors, especially establishing programs to help the needy, women and children. Representing the Sisters is Sister Katherine Graber, RSM, who serves on St. Peter’s Foundation Board of Trustees and has served on the Board of Trustees of Maria College.
We hope you can join the Museum at the Desmond on November 1st. Opportunities to be place on ad in the gala program are still available. Contact the Museum today at 518-427-1916.