Special Events & Programs

Pioneering Rehabilitation

Burke Award

The Burke Award is conferred upon an individual or group who has made significant contributions to the field of rehabilitation, either through personal achievements, the development of research or the establishment of programs and facilities to assist individuals with disabilities. It recognizes strength and courage in overcoming the challenge of a disability or a significant contribution to the understanding of physical disability. It remains the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Directors of the Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and the Burke Medical Research Institute.

The 2015 Centennial Burke Award Dinner was held on
Tuesday, June 16 at 6 p.m. at The Pierre in New York City 

The Burke Award Dinner is our premier fundraiser. The proceeds from this event support the shared goals of the Hospital and Research Institute to provide outstanding rehabilitative care to all patients suffering from disabling illnesses and injuries while simultaneously working to develop new treatments to help countless patients regain their health and rebuild their lives.

2015 Burke Award Honorees

Brad and Jessica Berman
At the age of 37, Brad Berman, a father of two and an attorney specializing in tax law at GE, experienced a massive hemorrhagic stroke. Brad spent more than a month in a coma, and afterwards, had to relearn how to breathe, walk, and talk. Brad spent four months living at hospitals, including at Burke, and now continues to receive outpatient care at Burke, where he works with state-of-the-art robotic devices. Brad’s wife, Jessica, who is also the Deputy General Counsel at the National Hockey League (NHL), began Run 4 Brad, a community campaign to raise money to create and build a lower extremity robotics program at Burke.

Ryan McDonagh
One of the NHL’s rising stars, defenseman Ryan McDonagh was named the captain of the New York Rangers in 2014. The St. Paul, MN, native emerged as one of New York’s catalysts in 2013-14 as he established career highs in goals, assists, and points while leading the team in average ice time. McDonagh is an advocate for those requiring rehabilitation, including acting as a mentor to Gino Mangiafridda, an accomplished high school hockey player who became a Burke patient after experiencing significant injuries in an accident. 

Mick Ebeling
Mick Ebeling is an award-winning film, television, and commercial producer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and motivational speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Not Impossible Labs, whose mission is to use “technology for the sake of humanity” and to create low-cost, open-source, DIY devices to help people in need. Ebeling’s “Project Daniel” led to the design of 3-D printed functional prosthetic arms, made for under $100, and he used it to start a self-sustaining prosthetics clinic in Sudan. 

Watch the 2015 Burke Award videos. 

For more information about our 2015 event, please contact Allison Galligan at (914) 597-2222 agalligan@burke.org  or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact Colleen Borrelli at (914) 597-2849 cborrelli@burke.org.

Sponsor the 2015 Burke Award

The Burke Award would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors who support Burke's mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from a debilitating illness or traumatic injury.

If you or your company would like to sponsor the 2015 Burke Award, please contact Colleen Borrelli, Director of Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations, at (914) 597-2849 or at cborrelli@burke.org.