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Bronxville Pastor to Receive Prestigious Award

Rev. Dr. Robert Hartwell
Rev. Dr. Robert Hartwell

Rev. Dr. Robert Hartwell, Senior Pastor of Village Lutheran Church & The Chapel School in Bronxville, NY will be presented Lutheran Counseling Center’s (LCC) Silent Samaritan Award at its annual fundraising gala, “Black & White Masked Ball”, at Westbury Manor, in Westbury, NY on Thursdayevening, October 17, 2013.

Each year, LCC honors a special volunteer as “Silent Samaritan of the year. The award is given to someone who has dedicated extensive time and talents to carry out the center's mission to be a “healing ministry of the Church” and whose work has made a large impact on those teh center serves. LCC serves many people who are unable to afford full fees for counseling. The name “Silent Samaritan” comes from our funding program of the same name used to help the most vulnerable people in need of healing.

According to Molly Blancke, Executive Director, Hartwell is a former administrative board member at Lutheran Counseling Center and is a wonderful example of the caliber of past recipients of this prestigious award."

Hartwell is an ordained pastor in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS); served terms as both Secretary and Regional Vice-President and chaired various task forces of the Atlantic District of the LCMS; serves on the board of the Counseling Center in Bronxville; and co-chairs the Bronxville, Tuckahoe, and Eastchester Interfaith Council (BIC) which he was instrumental in creating. Hartwell is also an adjunct professor at Concordia College in Bronxville.

In addition to a Doctorate in Ministry from NY Theological Seminary, he has a MBA in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Management from Bay Path College.

Blancke noted that the "gala evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30, followed by dinner and musical entertainment. Guests also have the opportunity to bid for fabulous gifts, such as a free Caribbean cruise for two and baskets laden with a variety of prizes."

Tickets to attend are available for a donation of $185 per person. Proceeds from the event will help renew LCC’s “Silent Samaritan Program” and will also help pay for other educational services to churches and schools.

Lutheran Counseling Center is a 501©3 faith-based not for profit organization whose mission is to be a healing ministry of the Church offering health, hope and wholeness by serving individuals, families, congregations and the community. For more information and to purchase reservations for the event, please call the Center at 800-317-1173 or 516-741-0994, or email Center@LCCNY.org.

Thanks to Kim Zwisdak, development office assistant at Village Lutheran Church and The Chapel School for submitting the preceding story.


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