SUMMIT COUNSELING CENTER’S INAUGURAL GALA CELEBRATION, UNMASKED ~ REMOVING THE STIGMA RAISED FUNDS TO BENEFIT INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES THROUGHOUT NORTH FULTON COMMUNITIES
Herschel Walker shared the inspiring story of his life and diagnosis with dissociative disorder –from the joys and hardships of childhood, to his explosive impact on college football, to his remarkable professional career. He gave voice and hope to those suffering from DID. His compelling account testifies to the strength of the human spirit and its ability to overcome any challenge.
The festivities and celebration of the evening were made possible through the generous support of the gala’s presenting sponsor, Chick-fil-A Foundation. “The wonderful services that the Summit Counseling Center provides to individuals regardless of their ability to pay, gives hope to those who may not otherwise have hope,” said Rodney Bullard, executive director of the Chick-fil-A Foundation. “We stand alongside you this evening to raise awareness and to stop the stigma associated with emotional and mental health issues.”
Through the generosity of the event’s sponsors and guests, the Summit raised over $100,000. These funds will be used to support the organization’s mission of providing professional counseling, consultation and education services utilizing an integrated approach to care for the whole person – body, mind, spirit, and community.
“This inaugural event represents a major milestone for the Summit Counseling Center. For twenty-five years, the Summit has been providing counseling services to our community,” said David Smith, executive director of the Summit. “The funds raised from the gala will be used to further our mission and provide assistance to those that could not otherwise afford professional counseling services.”
Three organizations and their leaders were recognized for their life transforming inspiration to countless others to whom they provide hope and healing through their servant leadership. This year’s Summit Spirit Award honorees were Kristin Connor, executive director of CURE Childhood Cancer, John and Susie Trautwein, founders and executive directors of the Will to Live Foundation, and Dr. Christopher Matthews, assistant superintendent of Fulton County Schools.
This event was also an opportunity to raise awareness and come together to address the mental health issues and needs in our community. “Whether our neighbors have been dealing with substance abuse and addiction or face family crises, Summit has been there to help,” said John H. Eaves, chairman of the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. “In a time when we are looking to entities in our community to work toward partnerships to ensure the greater good, the Summit Counseling Center embraced that philosophy, joining with schools, businesses, and religious institutions to get our citizens the help and counseling they desperately need.”