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Wednesday, May 3, 2017


Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center’s
2017 Gala featuring the Norman Vincent Peale
Awards for Positive Thinking


Mental & Spiritual Health:
The Power to Thrive

at: The Yale Club
50 Vanderbilt Avenue
New York, NY 10017
6pm | Reception
7pm | Dinner

2017 Awardees:

Dr. William Lee and Dr. Hwain Lee
Dr. William Lee and Dr. Hwain Lee
Bill & Hwain have dedicated their lives to strengthening the fabric of community; they are pillars of the Korean-American community and of New York City institutional life. They demonstrate, with their whole selves, a commitment to strengthening New York City institutions such as New York Theological Seminary and the YMCA of Greater New York. And Hwain cofounded AWCA, now a cornerstone service organization for Korean, Chinese and Japanese immigrants in northern New Jersey.

Dr. David A. Leeming Dr. David A. Leeming
The author of 24 books on mythology and psychology, David also wrote the definitive biography of author and activist, James Baldwin. He has filled many key roles over the years at Blanton-Peale, including as editor of Journal of Religion and Health that got its start at Blanton- Peale, as Dean and as President. David has a deep understanding of both the academic and practical aspects of mental and spiritual health.
Debbie Macomber Debbie Macomber
Debbie is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Her novels bring to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Relationships, connection, hope – these are key ingredients of mental and spiritual wellbeing.
Terrie Williams Terrie Williams
Terrie is the founder and president of The Terrie Williams Agency, a NY City-based public relations agency whose clients have included Miles Davis, Prince, Chris Rock and Janet Jackson. In 2008, Terrie courageously shared her personal story of her battle with depression in Essence magazine. Her book, Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting, further broke the silence around mental health in African- American communities. In response, she received letters from more than 10,000 people who shared their own stories. Terrie understands the importance of addressing stigma for all of us to find the “power to thrive.”

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The Norman Vincent Peale Award for Positive Thinking Annual Gala benefits the Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center, a non-sectarian, non-denominational organization founded in 1937 by the internationally renowned pastor and author, the Rev. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, (“The Power of Positive Thinking”) and psychiatrist Smiley Blanton, M.D. Blanton-Peale brings together the insights of the ever-evolving fields of psychotherapy and of the great spiritual traditions to help men and women, families, clergy, and caregivers manage the psychological, emotional, and spiritual issues of everyday life.

The Institute provides post-graduate education and clinical training in conjunction with the Counseling Center, where students earn their clinical hours, and which offers mental health services at Blanton-Peale’s headquarters in Manhattan. Each year we touch the lives of those in need of assistance with over 26,000 visits.

Integrating our solid grounding in psychological theory and wisdom from the interfaith traditions, Blanton-Peale offers offers psychoanalytic training, pastoral care and counseling (in the Korean language), and specialized courses and workshops.

Blanton-Peale is a strategic partner with New York Theological Seminary, through which our students may earn a Doctor of Ministry degree in psychoanalysis and pastoral care.

Proceeds from the Gala provide financial support for students-in-training, particularly to those from underrepresented cultures, subsidized counseling fees for those in need, our new initiatives, and expanded enrichment courses.

For many years, Blanton-Peale has honored men and women whose accomplishments mirror the positive thinking of our founders. At the very heart of Dr. Peale and psychiatrist Dr. Smiley Blantons’s positive thinking approach was the belief that psychology and religion could inform and enhance one another in such a way that helped alleviate human suffering. Over the years, our Norman Vincent Peale Awardees, through their lives, their work, and their witness, have reflected that belief.

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