GLENS FALLS — Crandall Public Library will honor Mark Behan, who founded the public relations firm Behan Communications in Glens Falls 30 years ago, as the recipient of the library’s ninth annual Henry Crandall Award.
The library will host its seventh annual gala, including the presentation of the award, on Sept. 28 at the Hiland Park Country Club in Queensbury.
Each year, the Henry Crandall Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated the “values and legacy of library founder Henry Crandall (1821-1913), including generosity, perseverance, loyalty, compassion, civic pride, and philanthropy,” according to a library news release. “Recipients have affected the improvement of the community and demonstrated commitment to Crandall Public Library.”
Behan, a former member of the library board, founded Behan Communications after a career in the newspaper industry, including reporter and editor positions at The Post-Star.
Active in the community, Behan serves as vice chairman of the Board of Governors of Glens Falls Hospital; co-vice chair of the Board of Trustees of The Hyde Collection, a member of the board of the Glens Falls Foundation and a director of Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Co. and Arrow Financial Corp.
He formerly served on the boards of the Chapman Historical Museum, Economic Development Corp. of Warren County, Adirondack Regional Chambers of Commerce, E. Leo Spain Foundation, Kelly’s Angels Inc. and St. Mary’s-St. Alphonsus Regional Catholic School.
“Mark Behan embodies the spirit behind the Henry Crandall Award,” stated Library Director Kathy Naftaly in a news release. “When he sees a need, he steps in and donates his time and talent to fulfill that need. He has shown his dedication to the community not only through his participation on multiple nonprofits’ board of directors, but also through his company donating time to support local organizations with public relations advice.”
Past recipients of the Henry Crandall Award include the late Judge Richard Bartlett of the Bartlett, Pontiff, Stewart & Rhodes law firm; Christopher Scoville, former owner of Scoville Jewelers and Glens Falls advocate; state Sen. Elizabeth Little; retired Warren County Family Court Judge John Austin; Ed Moore Sr., owner of French Mountain Commons, Log Jam Outlets and The Queensbury Hotel; Sally and Tom Hoy, past Crandall Public Library trustee and retired Arrow Financial Corp. and Glens Falls National Bank CEO; retired state Supreme Court Justice David Krogmann, and Dr. Kathleen Braico, co-founder of Adirondack Pediatrics.
The library gala will be held at the Hiland Park Country Club starting at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 28. The $100 reservation fee includes hors d’oeuvres, music, a seated dinner and opportunities to bid on a variety of select auction items.