For many years, Governor Hugh L. Carey served on the Museum’s Board of Advisors, providing guidance and helping facilitate the Museum’s educational programs and events. The Museum’s Board of Trustees annually bestows the Hugh L. Carey Award reflecting the spirit of his own public service. The Award honors individuals who make significant contributions to improving our society, as Hugh Carey did, through community and public service; the arts; cultural endeavors; the health care, teaching, law/justice, science, sports/athletics and other professions. This year we are delighted to honor one of the Capital Region’s most respected community leaders, retired U.S. Congressmember Michael McNulty; Kerry Kennedy, whose newest book, Ripples of Hope, explores the influence that her father Robert continues to have on the issues at the heart of America's identity; and the late Thomas D. McNabb, who was on the Board of the Museum for twenty years, and was once National President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. To add to the evening’s excitement, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and The Ambassador Consul General of Ireland Ciarán Madden serve as Honorary Co-Chairs. Irish cuisine, entertainment, and story-telling will round out the perfect pre-Christmas celebration!