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 trustees of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital.
The celebration of the 24th Burke Award Dinner was held on:
The 2019 Burke Award recognized three remarkable individuals and one Burke sponsor and community partner who exemplify the Burke mission in distinct ways:
Bonnie & Tom Grace
Dedicated champions of patients and the professionals who care for them.
The Graces have lived their lives devoted to their central guideposts of faith, family and each other. When Bonnie suffered a stroke that left her unable to walk, or even speak, Tom insisted on only the very best for her recovery, and that was Burke. Tom, their 4 children and their families brought tireless energy and passion to her recovery. Their experience has made them champions of Burke. Today, Bonnie is back home in Rye with her beloved Tom playing ping pong, building her strength with boxing classes, and giving back as they always have over a lifetime of philanthropy.
Cuddy & Feder LLP
A committed partner of Burke and other organizations in the region through its corporate support and leadership.
A Westchester-based law firm that puts a priority on community stewardship and philanthropy. Cuddy & Feder has a rich history of contributing to the community through pro bono work, volunteer activity and financial support. Members of the firm serve on the boards of educational, healthcare, social service and cultural institutions. Partner Anthony Gioffre has served on Burke’s Board of Trustees since 2006. As a prominent firm in the community and Burke supporter, Cuddy & Feder is a leader in supporting the programs and services that patients need to regain their independence.
A Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to:
Mary Beth Walsh, MD
For her 37 years of service to Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, 22 of which she served as Executive Medical Director and CEO.
Dr. Walsh was Executive Medical Director and CEO of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital for 22 years. When Dr. Walsh was named CEO in 1995, she became the first female CEO of a hospital in Westchester County. A well-known leader in the field, Dr. Walsh is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association. Dr. Walsh retired from her position in April of 2017 after dedicating 37 years of service to Burke.
This event is Burke's largest fundraiser of the year. For tickets and sponsorship, please call the development department at (914) 597-2847.
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