The Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany will honor Pulitzer Prize winning author William Kennedy and Sister Katherine Graber, RSM, and the Religious Sisters of Mercy as the 2014 Governor Hugh L. Carey Award recipients at 6 pm on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at The Desmond Hotel in Albany.
Joining the Museum for the Gala are Honorary Co-Chairs Ambassador Consul General of Ireland Barbara Jones and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan. The Honorable Gerald Jennings will preside as the Master of Ceremonies.
Novelist, playwright and screenwriter William Kennedy’s works include his “Albany Cycle” novels, and Ironweed, which was made into an acclaimed film starring Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, both of whom were nominated for Academy Awards.
The Religious Sisters of Mercy, founded by Mother Catherine McAuley in Dublin in 1831, have served America and the world for over 150 years. They helped found Albany’s St. Peter’s Hospital and have served New York and, in particular its Capital Region, in many community endeavors, especially establishing programs to help the needy, women and children. Accepting on behalf of the Religious Sisters is Sister Katherine Graber, RSM, who serves on St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees and has served on the Board of Trustees of Maria College, Albany.
Seating for the Governor Carey Awards Gala is limited to 450; last year’s Awards Gala sold out. Reservation inquiries can be made by calling the Irish American Heritage Museum at (518) 427-1916; email inquiries can be addressed to the Museum through email@example.com.
Tickets are $125 and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law as the Irish American Heritage Museum is a federally certified 501c3 educational nonprofit. More information can be obtained at the Museum’s website at www.irish-us.org.