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The 2016 Annual Gala

Presenting the Norman Vincent Peale
Awards for Positive Thinking

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Reception 6:00 pm
Dinner 7:00 pm


The Yale Club of New York City
50 Vanderbilt Avenue at E. 44th Street
New York, NY 10017

"Spiritual and Mental Health: A Community Responsibility"

2016 Awardees:

Suzan Johnson Cook

Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook
Congressional Candidate for NY’s 13th District, Pastor and
Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

Eileen Fisher
Eileen Fisher and Eileen Fisher, Inc.
Founder and Chairwoman
Fashion Icon, Social Innovator and Industry Change-maker
David L. Harris
David L. Harris, Esq.
Retired Partner, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
Committed to Empowering the Powerless
Asian Women’s Christian Association
Asian Women’s Christian Association
Outstanding Service to the Asian Community for 35 years in
Mental Health, Counseling, Senior and Home Healthcare


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History of the Award

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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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