Cobble Hill Health Center hosts Rock of Aging Gala
Cobble Hill Health Center will honor Rev. Dr. Paul Smith, pastor emeritus of First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, with the Lifetime Achievement Award at their annual Rock of Aging Gala on Thursday, Nov. 17 at The Liberty Warehouse.
The health care facility, located at 380 Henry St., is celebrating 40 years of providing care to the frail, elderly and disabled in Brooklyn. The gala raises much-needed funds for Cobble Hill’s Life Enrichment Program.
Rev. Dr. Smith is beloved and well known for his civil rights activism and for creating multi-racial churches in Buffalo, St. Louis, Atlanta and Brooklyn. He has been active in the civil rights movement since the 1950s and led a small group of St. Louis Presbyterian ministers to participate in the Selma to Montgomery marches.
Rev. Dr. Smith has been an administrator, faculty member and trustee at Washington University in St. Louis and Morehouse College in Atlanta. He has served as a mediator and multicultural consultant to corporations and the government and has been an active member in organizations like the Urban League.
His first seminary degree at Hartford Theological Seminary in Connecticut was followed by a doctor of ministry in sociology and religion from Eden Theological Seminary in Missouri. He wrote “Facing Death: The Deep Calling to the Deep,” describing the end-of-life support he extended to tennis and civil rights champion Arthur Ashe and Dr. John Edson of Long Island College Hospital, among others.
Rev. Dr. Smith’s involvement in health care goes back many years; he was a trustee of academic and health care institutions, including Long Island College Hospital, where he was chair of the ethics committee. He was a founding board member of the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, then affiliated with SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Since his retirement, Rev. Smith continues to preach, mediate and mentor. He also advocates for end-of-life options for the terminally ill.
“We are fortunate to be able to recognize Rev. Smith,” said Tony Lewis, Cobble Hill’s president and CEO. “For years, he was a leading figure in Brooklyn, the community we serve. Moreover, he embodies the goal of our Life Enrichment Program. His enthusiasm, activism and vibrancy are an inspiration to those decades younger. We believe that just because someone is aging, it doesn’t mean they can’t still ‘rock’ in terms of productivity, influence on others and quality of life. We’re privileged to pay tribute to him.”
Other honorees of the evening include:
• Dr. Parag H. Mehta (internal medicine, New York Methodist Hospital) will receive the Health Care Leadership Award
• Harold Rubin (CEO of GeriMedix) and Yossi Green (president of GeriMedix) will receive the Health Care Partnership Award
For more information about the gala, visit www.cobblehillgala.org, email [email protected], or call 718-247-1244.
— Information from Cobble Hill Health Center
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