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7th Annual Summit Gala: Unmasking the Stigma

Saturday, March 26th, 2022

The Hotel At Avalon

About the Event

On Saturday, June 12th three hundred community leaders and Summit supporters celebrated the joy of generosity, a passion for community, and a commitment to support mental wellness at the Summit Counseling Center’s 6th Annual Summit Gala at The Hotel at Avalon.

Festivities of the night included a VIP reception, silent auction, fund-a-need and live auction that raised over $276,000 to support the Summit’s cause.

“It was wonderful to see so many of our supporters face to face once again,” said David Smith, Executive Director of Summit Counseling Center, “COVID-19 presented many challenges to The Summit during 2020/21. Thankfully, for the access to technology, the hard work and flexibility of our staff, and the generosity of our supporters we were able to serve our community through tele-health.”

Fox News anchor Russ Spencer was the honorary emcee for the evening.  Mr. Spencer looked back on 2020/21 and the impact that COVID-19 had on our social and emotional well-being, recognized Summit’s community partners, and spoke to the rising need for mental health services in our community.

The celebration culminated with keynote speaker Hayden Hurst, TE #81 of the ATL Falcons, who spoke candidly about his history of depression and alcohol and drug abuse. As an Atlanta Falcon, Hayden has used his story to let others know that “it’s okay not to be okay”. In 2021, the NFL Players’ Association named Hayden as the recipient of the Alan Page Community Award, the highest honor the NFPLA has to offer.

Save the date to join us on Saturday, March 26th, 2022 for the 7th Annual Summit Gala: Unmasking the Stigma. Sponsorship and volunteers opportunities available. Contact Rachel Newcomer, Director of Development at 678-893-5329 or for more information regarding sponsorship opportunities.

  • >Minute 29: Special video message from our presenting sponsor: Will To Live (John Trautwein)
  • Minute 53: Video featuring messages from our community partners around their partnership with the Summit and the impact of COVID-19 on their specific segments
  • Minute 1.04: Video featuring our Summit Clinicians: The impact Covid-19 has had on mental health and how Summit Counseling pivoted to meet the mental health needs of our community
  • Minute 1.13: Mike Dudgeon joins us to share the story of his son, Daniel Dudgeon and how the Summit has played a role in his journey through grief and trauma after losing Daniel tragically to Suicide in 2020 during Covid-19!
  • Minute 2.17: The live interview with our keynote speaker, Hayden Hurst of the Atlanta Falcons.

Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors




J. David & Cindy Smith CURE

Steve Powers


Renasant Bank



Fran & Mary Millar

Chuck & Lori McElroy

Jim & Kathie Pope

Marshall & Terri Turner


Andy & Karen Drexler

Quentin & Cynthia Jones

Bill & Vivian McLendon

Cindy Weaver & JoAnn Akers

Patrick & Karen Ford

Nothing Bundt Cakes

T. Hudson Risk Advisors

Suzy Quenzer, NAMI Northside Atlanta

Tom & Lisa Bever

Dr. Lyndon & Sherry Waugh

Without mental health…there can be no true physical health.