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2019 Gala


Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center’s
2019 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:

6pm | Sparkling Arrivals
7pm | Dinner

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


Stay Tuned for 2019 Awardees

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 2018 Gala
As of May 18, 2018

Thank you to each of you for your gifts to the gala (listed here) and throughout the year! Because of you, we are able to support thousands of New Yorkers as they seek “Mental and Spiritual health: A Brighter Future.”

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Carret Asset Management, LLC
The Peale Foundation
David P. Pearson
Eleanor and John Rorer
John & Eleanor Rorer
Laura Jean Wilson & Mark Menting

Scholarship Level
Meg Armstrong & Greg Lozier
Stephanie & Lawrence Bailey
Collegiate Church Corporation, - Casey R. Kemper, Exec. VP/COO
Valerie & Dick Doll
Guideposts Associates, Inc., - John F. Temple, President & CEO
David L. & Betty Harris
Jerome Link
Marble Collegiate Church - Dr. Michael B. Brown, Senior Minister
Lauren McGill
New York Theological Seminary - Rev. Dr. Dale Irvin, President & CEO

American Bible Society
Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP - Macculloch Irving, Partner
Abigail Disney
Drucker Associates - Harvey Drucker, Partner
Henry & Sunny Kang
Alice Owens
TD Bank
Jim & Natalie Venetos

Donor Level
Carol Anderson
Auburn Seminary - Rev. Dr. Katharine Henderson, President
S. Axelrod Co., Ida & Harvey Axelrod - Marlene & Michael Axelrod
Rev. Dr. Shari K. Brink
Julie Chi
Cleveland H. Dodge Foundation
Goodman Media, Inc.
Hachette Book Group
Dr. John Hagedorn
Intersections International
William Kinn, Kinn Real Estate Counselors
Dr. Judith A. Kramer
Drs. Judith Krusell & David Landy
Drs. William & Hwain Lee
Michael Lehman
Middle Collegiate Church - Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Senior Minister
New York Women’s Foundation
Sharland Hendrix
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik
Julia L. Ritchie, LCSW
Michael Smart
Julie Johnson Staples & Brent Staples
Gloria Thornton
Urs Weber

Friend Level
Lucinda Antrim, LP
Dr. Christine Benner
Rev. Dr. J. Elise Brown
John Catlett
Mary V.T. Cattan
Katherine Charapko
Aiyoung Choi & Eugene Schwanke
Ken Dake
Anne Delaney
Walter Dillingham, Wilmington Trust
Laurie S. Ferguson
Mohamed Hack, TSM Security Corp.
Melanie Harris
Rev. Susan C. Harriss
Marie Hedbavny
Macculoch M. Irving
William W. Jackson
Barbara & Wim Jessup
Anthony Johnson
Rev. Gregory L. Johnson
Jay E. Johnson
Bomsinae Kim
Rev. Erik Kolbell, LCSW
Korean American Community Foundation - Kyung B. Yoon, Exec. Director
Michelle Lee
Dr. David A. & Pam Leeming
Kent McKamy
Linda Mortenson
Matthew A. Murray & Dr. Marilyn McLaughlin
Bill Nye
Beverly Pazur
Ron and Honoree Powers
Joseph Potasnik, NY Board of Rabbis
Riverside Church
Gayle Robinson
Pamela Tinkham
Greg Walker
May Weng
Rev. Dr. James Wisecup
Gina Wynn
John Yoo
Dr. Anna Yusim

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Sally Anderson
Guirlaine Belizaire
Vincent Bonelli & Margaret Wiencko
Rev. Dr. Michael & Tena Bos
Barbara & Sherri Clemmons
Mr. & Mrs. Carol Davies-Gross
Sandra Diaz
Joyce Dubensky
Cecilia Durant
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey D. Forchelli
Sean Harvey
Patricia Johnson
Felicity Brock Kelcourse
Peter & Deborah Krulewitch
Madeline McCray
Notes Music School, LLC
Eileen A. O’Connell
Marian Patterson
John S. Peale
Poornima Prasad
Agatha Pratt
Liane Ramirez Swierk
Larry W. Schafer
Richard Shoup
Elizabeth Smith
Jeremy Steckel
Sara Stoker
Libby Tatum
Anne Treantafeles
Jeff & Lorna Waddle

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