Meet the 2015 Burke Award Honorees

Published June 2, 2015

On Tuesday, June 16, Burke will hold its Centennial Burke Award dinner at The Pierre in New York City. The Burke Award dinner is Burke’s signature event and our largest fundraiser of the year, drawing hundreds of community and business leaders from the greater New York City area and beyond.

The Burke Award is the highest honor bestowed by Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s board of directors and the Burke Medical Research Institute. This honor is awarded to individuals or groups who contributed to the field of rehabilitation through personal achievements, research development or by establishing programs and initiatives that improve quality of life for individuals with disabilities.

This year, the honorees are:

-      New York Rangers Captain Ryan McDonagh

-      Stroke survivor Brad Berman and his wife, Jessica

-      Not Impossible Labs Founder Mick Ebeling

New York Rangers Captain Ryan McDonagh has supported Burke’s patient care through hands-on mentorship with former Burke patient, Gino Mangiafridda. McDonagh forged a strong connection with Mangiafridda, a Pelham High School hockey player who was left wheelchair-bound after a tragic motorcycle accident. McDonagh brought Mangiafridda to New York Rangers games and behind-the-scenes tours of the Rangers’ locker room hoping to lift his spirits during his recovery. Eventually, the two young men formed a friendship that has transcended Mangiafridda’s time at Burke. McDonagh often speaks about his appreciation for Burke and its high-quality level of rehabilitative care.

Honorees Brad and Jessica Berman became members of the Burke community under tragic circumstances when, at 37 yearsold, Brad suffered a debilitating stroke that left him in a medically-induced coma for nearly a month. Since Brad’s stroke, he and Jessica, who are avid runners, have raised more than $600,000 for Burke’s Lower Limb Robotics Program through their organization Run4Brad.

Mick Ebeling is founder of Not Impossible Labs, an organization responsible for breakthroughs in rehabilitative technology. Ebeling is known for his work as an award-winning television and film producer and is a notable humanitarian. In 2013, Ebeling’s organization spearheaded Project Daniel, an international effort to provide children and young adults in war-torn Sudan with low-cost, 3-D printed prosthetic limbs. Project Daniel works to empower the people of Sudan, where there are as many as 50,000 amputees. Project Daniel has been featured in The Guardian, Business Insider, BBC and TIME. 

The Burke Centennial Award Dinner is part of Burke’s ongoing centennial celebration. The dinner will be held 6 p.m. at The Pierre, 2 East 61st Street at Fifth Avenue in New York City.

To register, please contact Allison Galligan at (914) 597-2222 or

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, contact Colleen Borrelli at (914) 597-2849 or

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