COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Community and church leaders came out Thursday night for the Pastoral Institute's annual Servant Leadership Gala at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center.
The event honored Jo Ann and Frank Brown for their many contributions to the community.
Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy was the guest speaker and shared his personal experiences with mental health issues, as well as the state of mental health in America.
The Pastoral Institute offers counseling to individuals, couples and groups.
"One in five Americans will suffer from some type a mental illness. So when you think about it affecting families that's a lot of people. The pastoral Institute is a response to that", said Thomas Waynick, CEO and Director at the Pastoral Institute.
This was the fifth year for the black tie gala.