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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 |

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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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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