In Photos: Burke Award 2017

Published June 16, 2017

The 2017 Burke Award was held at the Brae Burn Country Club on June 8—and was a huge success. With over 300 people in attendance, guests enjoyed an outdoor cocktail hour, a live auction and a beautiful sit-down dinner.

The Burke Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Board of Trustees of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital and recognizes strength and courage in overcoming the challenge of a disability or a significant contribution to the understanding of physical disability.

This year’s honorees were Barbara and Steven Kessler and Dr. Michael James Reding. You can read more about each honoree here.

We would like to take a moment to thank all of our Burke Award sponsors, which include: Steven & Barbara Kessler, Neuberger Berman, Adler Aphasia Center, The Bristal Assisted Living, Montefiore, White Plains Hospital, Peter & Marie DeLuca, Toshiba, Country Bank, James & Veronica Baker, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, Drs. Karen & Paul Pechman, PepsiCo EnAble, Sound Communications, David & Faith Pedowitz, Christopher & Valerie Allen, Bioness, Richard & Marion Celiberti, Cuddy & Feder LLP, EwingCole, Gallagher Benefit Services, McCarthy Associates, Mediware Information Systems, PKF O'Connor Davies, Summit Strategies, United Hebrew of New Rochelle, VNS Westchester.

Check out photos from the event below. For more information about next year’s dinner or about sponsorships, contact the Development Department at (914) 597-2222.


(from left to right) Burke Award honorees Steven and Barbara Kessler, Burke's President & CEO Jeffrey Menkes, Burke Award honoree Dr. Michael Reding. 

Burke Award honorees with Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino

Burke's Senior Administrative team 

The 2017 Burke Award dinner was held at Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, NY 

JoAnn Murphy, Vice Chair at Country Bank makes a bid in the live auction, which was hosted by NBC and Golf Channel broadcaster, Jimmy Roberts 

Dr. Michael Reding (right), the former director of Burke's stroke program, received his Burke Award from Burke's President & CEO Jeffrey Menkes 

Burke President & CEO Jeffrey Menkes presents Barbara Kessler, who experienced a stroke and Steven Kessler, her husband and caregiver, with their Burke Award. The Scarsdale couple work together as national advocates for brain trauma, stroke and aphasia patients, their care providers and families.

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