The USS Constitution Museum Gala will hold A Salute to Service on Thursday, October 25, at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston, which will include a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner and award presentations at 7:00 p.m.
The museum will recognize Congresswoman Niki Tsongas of Massachusetts’ Third Congressional District and Gary P. Kearney, M.D., immediate Past President of Medical Staff, Chief of Urology, and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the New England Baptist Hospital.
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas will receive the Charles Francis Adams Award, named for one of the museum’s founders, which is given annually to a person who has contributed extensively to the betterment of the community.
Congresswoman Tsongas was elected to the United States House of Representatives in a 2007 special election, becoming the first woman in 25 years to serve in Congress from Massachusetts. She is an advocate for military servicemembers and veterans, a dedicated partner of our national parks, and an ardent supporter of local innovation. As she prepares to leave Congress at the end of this year this fall, Congresswoman Tsongas will be honored for her commitment to the same ideals USS Constitution represents—dedication to community, commitment to purpose, and excellence in all endeavors.
The 2018 recipient of the “Old Ironsides” Exemplary Service Award is Dr. Gary P. Kearney. The museum will recognize him for his dedicated leadership as Vice Chairman of the Board and a trustee for more than 12 years. Through his commitment to stewardship and outreach, the museum completed a successful War of 1812 Bicentennial campaign, and saw annual visitation grow to more than 500,000. During an exciting decade for the museum, he has been an essential partner in raising support and enthusiasm for the museum’s mission.
Dr. Kearney, a resident of Boston’s Beacon Hill, is the Past President of Medical Staff, Chief of Urology, and Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the New England Baptist Hospital. Since 1973 he has been on the staff of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He served in the United States Naval Reserve as a flight surgeon and retired in 1999 with the rank of captain.
A Salute to Service is the USS Constitution Museum’s largest annual fundraiser and supports the private non-profit’s mission to engage all ages in the story of “Old Ironsides” to spark excitement about maritime heritage, naval service, and the American experience. Some of this year’s gala sponsors include Anchor Capital, Boston Harbor Cruises, Eaton Vance Investment Counsel, Nancy and Rick Kelleher, Liberty Mutual Insurance, MathWorks, Northern Trust, Raytheon, and Paul and Mary Beth Sandman.