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Kay Warren To Speak At Pine Rest's Fall Dinner On November 4

The Pine Rest Foundation’s fall dinner will focus on Choosing Joy – Finding Hope in Tragedy. The keynote speaker is Kay Warren, the co-founder along with her husband Rick, of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif. The church is the eighth largest church in America. Warren is an international speaker, best-selling author and Bible teacher.

The Warren’s son, Matthew, was 27 years old when he took his own life in 2013. His death was the culmination of a lifetime of suffering for him and his family. He was borderline bi-polar and struggled with depression.

Born in part out of the spiritual and emotional journey stemming from her son’s life long challenges with mental illness, Kay Warren authored “Choose Joy, Because Happiness Isn’t Enough.” In it Warren shares the path to experiencing “soul-satisfying” joy no matter what you’re going through.

The Warrens are working to equip churches to raise awareness and reduce stigma about mental illness. Kay Warren is particularly passionate about the need to train faith leaders to better handle mental health issues.

The Pine Rest Foundation is pleased to welcome Kay Warren as the featured speaker at the 2014 Pine Rest Foundation fall dinner. It is on November 4, 2014 at the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich.

Carol Van Andel will be honored with the 2014 Van Den Berg Leadership Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services and the Pine Rest Foundation through their gifts of time, talents and resources. Van Andel, a former Pine Rest Foundation Board President, is married to David Van Andel, both of them, as well as David’s parents, are and were long-time supporters of Pine Rest and generous philanthropists in the community.

Individual seats are $150 per person; sponsorships are also available. A percentage of each ticket is tax-deductible. For information about the dinner and to purchase a sponsorship or tickets, go to or contact Kristina Bloss Sisk at 616-281-6390, or

About the Pine Rest Foundation

The Pine Rest Foundation exists to provide Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services with financial resources and community support so its ministry of behavioral health care can flourish and be enhanced. 

 About Pine Rest

Pine Rest is one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., offering a full continuum of services including inpatient and partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient services, addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, as well as specialized assessment and treatment clinics. In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 17 outpatient locations throughout Michigan and two in Iowa. Pine Rest achieved a historic milestone in June 2010 when the organization marked 100 years of service. You can learn more online at