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2018 Gala

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center’s
2018 Gala featuring the Norman Vincent Peale
Awards for Positive Thinking

at: The Yale Club
50 Vanderbilt Avenue
New York, NY 10017

Mental and Spiritual Health:
A Brilliant History and a Bright Future

Join us to celebrate 80 years of history
and a new era of growth and innovation

6pm | Sparkling Arrivals
7pm | Dinner

For more information: 212-725-7850 Ext. 108 |

2018 Awardees:

Dr. Michael Brown

Dr. Michael B. Brown
Senior Minister, Marble Collegiate Church

Dr. Michael Brown, Senior Minister of Marble Collegiate Church, has carried forward – with his own unique twist – the legacy of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. His dynamic preaching inspires one of the largest congregations in New York City, and has a national and international reach. A North Carolina native, Dr. Brown has served several United Methodist congregations, including Centenary United Methodist Church, a 3,900-member congregation in Winston Salem. Dr. Brown received his Doctorate in Ministry from Drew Theological School and a Masters of Divinity from Duke University.

A noted speaker and frequent lecturer addressing both religious and secular groups, his messages use humor and anecdotes to describe a philosophy of life assured to bring meaning, joy, and hope to those who practice it. Dr. Brown is also the author of six books and has contributed to eleven others.

Aiyoung Choi

Aiyoung Choi
Entrepreneur, Mentor & Advocate

Born in Korea during World War II and raised in Shanghai, Taiwan, and Japan, Aiyoung Choi came to the U.S. for college and made New York City her home. Originally a painter and sculptor, Choi became an entrepreneur, teacher, editor, human resources manager, and public relations coordinator. Aiyoung has put her talents to work as a consultant to nonprofits and has served on the boards of Asian Americans for Equality, New York Women’s Foundation, Korean American Family Service Center, Asian Women’s Giving Circle, and Women Cross DMZ, a global movement working for peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Aiyoung’s zest for life is rooted in a deep passion for respecting human rights, ending violence against women, and working for peace in the world. She believes in changing hearts and minds to pursue justice and peace by building community through education, the arts, and activism.

Ron Powers

Ron Powers
New York Times Bestselling Author

Ron Powers is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author. He is the co-author of Flags of our Fathers and True Compass–both #1 New York Times Nonfiction bestsellers. His biography of Mark Twain–Mark Twain: A Life–was also a New York Times bestseller.

Power’s most recent book, No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America, is a blend of history, memoir, and current affairs. Ron offers a richly researched narrative of the social history of mental illness, paired with the deeply personal story of his son Kevin, who suffered from schizophrenia and took his life in 2005, and his son Dean who also suffers from the disease. Powers writes with fierce hope and purpose to persuade the world to pay attention.

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Supporters of the 2017 Gala
Thank you to each of our donors for your gifts to the gala (listed here) and throughout the year!
Because of you, we are able to support so many as they seek “Mental and Spiritual Health: The Power to Thrive.”

Benefactor Level
Dr. William K. Lee and Dr. Hwain C. Lee

Fellowship Level
Carret Asset Management, LLC
The Peale Foundation
David P. Pearson
Eleanor and John Rorer

Scholarship Level
Meg Armstrong & Greg Lozier
Cleveland Dodge Foundation, William Dodge Rueckert, President
Collegiate Church Corporation, Casey R. Kemper, Exec. VP/COO
Guideposts Associates, Inc., John F. Temple, President & CEO
David L. and Betty Harris
Dr. Dale T. Irvin, President, New York Theological Seminary
Jerome Link
Marble Collegiate Church, Dr. Michael B. Brown, Senior Minister

Donor Level
American Bible Society
Asian Women’s Christian Association, Board of Directors
S. Axelrod Co., Ida and Harvey Axelrod, Marlene and Michael Axelrod
Stephanie and Lawrence Bailey
Ballantine Books
Rev. Dr. Shari K. Brink
Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, Macculloch Irving, Partner
Drucker Associates, Harvey Drucker, Partner
Sean Harvey
Janet E. Hunt
Anne Hale Johnson
Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson, Concord Baptist Church of Christ
Henry and Sunny Kang
Julie and Andrew Kim, Sophie and John Lee, Somi and Charles Lee
William Kinn, Kinn Real Estate Counselors
Susan and Ed Kwan
Dr. David A. and Pam Leeming
Martin Ludwin and Lisa Topham
Margaret Lauren McGill
Middle Collegiate Church, Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Senior Minister
Sharland Lydia Norris
Alice B. Owens
Jodi and Michael Smart
Natalie and James S. Venetos

Friend Level
Susie Allen
Carol Anderson
John Catlett
Dr. Mary V. T. Cattan
Tony Subtil Deoliveira
Rev. Dr. Laurie Ferguson
Mary Pender Greene
Rev. Dr. John Hagedorn
Rev. Dr. Renee House and Rev. Dr. Richard Ruch
Kasirer Consulting LLC
Rev. Erik Kolbell, LCSW
Korean American Community Foundation, Kung B. Yoon, Exec. Director
Dr. Judith A. Kramer
Paul Leeming
William R. Nye
Dr. Kenneth Ruge
Rev. Adriene Thorne and Mr. Colin St. Rose
TSM Security Corp, Mohamed Hack, President
Rev. Dr. Javier Viera, Drew University
Linda Von Thaden
Rev. Dr. James J. Wisecup

Contributor Level
Blur Advertising LLC, Joseph Tolton, Managing Director
Dr. Phyllis F. Cohen
Dr. James H. Cone
Ann R. English
Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, Rev. Kate Dunn, Associate Pastor
James E. Fitzgerald, Inc., John Fitzgerald, President
Rev. Curtis Hart
Anne E. Impellizzeri
Carolyn Jordan
Ann Kern and Jerome Gotkin
Joan and Ted Kuck
Winnie Kung
Dr. Judith Krusell and Dr. David Landy
The Very Rev. James Parks Morton
Rev. Grace Park
Parity, Marian Edmonds-Allen, Exec. Director
Dr. John S. and Lydia Peale
Poonam Prasad
Mary Beth Sasso
Larry W. Schafer
Shelley Grodner Seidenstein
Nancy Moore Simpson
Dr. Richard W. Shoup
Elizabeth L. Smith

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