The Summit Gala

The Summit Gala | Unmasked – Removing the Stigma

The Summit Counseling Center, a non-profit organization located in Johns Creek, Georgia announces their Second Annual Summit Gala fundraising event. The Summit will host 400 guests for a festive evening of celebration, awareness, and generosity to support the Summit in our efforts to reach those in need of counseling and “remove the stigma” associated with emotional and mental health issues.

Saturday, January 30, 2016
Atlanta Athletic Club | Johns Creek, Georgia

VIP Reception | 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (VIP Ticket Required)

Gala/Dinner | 7:45 pm – 10 pm

Doors Open at 6 pm for Silent Auction | Patrick Kennedy Book Signing at 7 pm

(Black Tie Optional)


Featured Speaker

patrick-webThe Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy

The Honorable Patrick J. Kennedy is a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the nation’s leading political voice on mental illness, addiction, and other brain diseases. During his 16-year career representing Rhode Island in Congress, he fought a national battle to end medical and societal discrimination against these illnesses, highlighted by his lead sponsorship of the Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act of 2008–and his brave openness about his own health challenges. The son of Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy, he decided to leave Congress not long after his father’s death to devote his career to advocacy for brain diseases and to create a new, healthier life and start a family. He has since founded the Kennedy Forum, which unites the community of mental health, and co-founded One Mind for Research, which sponsors brain research and open science collaboration. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Amy, and their four children.

Mr. Kennedy will be signing his newly released book, A Common Struggle prior to the Gala Dinner


2016 Gala Honoree

cowart-webJames H. Cowart

The Summit Counseling Center is proud to honor the late Jim Cowart as the 2016 Summit Gala Honoree. Through his career Jim was the recipient of numerous awards including the Lewis Cenker Award presented by the Atlanta Home Builders Association, the Jack Sawyer Citizen of the Year Award from the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, the Regional Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts of America and the Man of the Year Award from the Metro Atlanta YMCA. He was a successful visionary yet he did all these things with grace. Jim Cowart was a man of his word and lived by a motto that could be seen throughout his office or heard – “It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice.”

We salute Jim Cowart and are thankful he touched so many lives!


2016 Gala Emcee

Russ Spencer
Russ Spencer
Mr. Spenser is a veteran journalist and news anchor. He anchors the 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news on FOX 5 Atlanta. Russ has worked in the TV News business since 1983, spanning states from Pennsylvania, to North Carolina to Colorado before landing in Atlanta.


Gala Features

Silent Auction | We have an array of wonderful items from local gift baskets to amazing vacations.

Wine Pull | Hidden in the Wine Pull are a number of wonderful bottles of wine – good luck as you choose!

Jewelry Trunk Show | Please browse the beautiful jewelry selection from Kendra Scott. (Gentlemen, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!) KS will donate 20% of tonight’s sales to The Summit.

Bubbles & Bling | Each glass of champagne will contain a one carat stone. Most will be CZs, but one lucky guest will receive a gorgeous 1 carat diamond.

Book Signing | Mr. Kennedy will be signing copies of his recently released, New York Times Bestseller. A Common Struggle weaves together Kennedy’s private and professional narratives, echoing Kennedy’s philosophy that for him, the personal is political and the political is personal.

Live Painting | Local artist, Hannah Griffin, will be painting in the ballroom during the Gala. Watch her bring Matthew 11:28-29 to life throughout the evening. “28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Event Photos | Cindy Grey Photography will be taking event photos of our guests throughout the evening. Please visit our FaceBook page at to follow the event and view pictures from the evening.


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