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.


Our annual Burke Award Dinner was held on Thursday, June 26th, 2014, at the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester in White Plains, New York.

Our prestigious Burke Award was presented to:

  • J.J. Buchanan, Wellness Coach & Patient Advocate
  • Stephen Buchanan, Retired Financial Executive & Former Professional Athlete
  • Laurane Magliari, Entrepreneur, Financial Executive & Retired Corporate Executive
  • Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Ph.D., President, The Rockefeller University

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.

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.