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Country Bank Presents Faces of Burke Photo Exhibit -Portraits feature Barbara Kessler and Luke Moretti of Scarsdale, among four others-

Released July 6, 2017

Scarsdale, NY, July 6, 2017: Country Bank in Scarsdale (80 Garth Road) will be presenting Faces of Burke, a traveling photography exhibit designed to showcase the individuality and courage of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital’s patients. The compelling photographs and stories of the subjects illustrate a diverse and inspiring group of patients who have succeeded in regaining mobility and independence through their experience at Burke.


“We are pleased to bring the ‘Faces of Burke’ exhibit to Country Bank, our Gold Sponsor and a valued corporate supporter,” says Richard Sgaglio, Ph.D., Senior Administrator at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. “This exhibit illustrates the courage and determination of patients in their rehabilitation journey, which can truly inspire us all.”


One of the patients featured in the photo exhibit is Barbara Kessler, a long-time Scarsdale resident, who overcame a stroke with intensive rehabilitation at Burke and went on to become a national advocate for brain trauma and stroke patients with aphasia and other challenges. Another patient featured is Luke Moretti, also of Scarsdale, who experienced a paralyzing spinal cord injury— and after spending time at Burke, can now take steps on his own.


The photo gallery also features portraits of four additional Burke patients, along with their riveting stories:


  • Max—From amputee to resuming motocross competitions 
  • Barbara—From orthopedic surgery to hiking the Mount Everest trail        
  • Ronald—From a debilitating heart attack to performing surgery again  
  • Susan—From traumatic brain injury to living independently once more 


The exhibit will be open to the public beginning July 11, 2017, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Country Bank’s Scarsdale branch at 80 Garth Road in Scarsdale. The featured photographer for the exhibit is Tarrytown-based Jesse Rinka.


“Burke’s mission is to help patients achieve their highest level of independence and get back to the lives they love. We are grateful to Country Bank and to the Murphy family. Because of their philanthropy, we can showcase the individuality of these patients and the lives they are now able to lead,” concludes Mr. Sgaglio.

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About Burke Rehabilitation Hospital

Burke Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute rehabilitation hospital. Founded in 1915, it is the only hospital in Westchester County dedicated solely to adult rehabilitation medicine. Burke offers both inpatient and outpatient programs for those who have experienced a disabling illness, traumatic injury or joint replacement surgery. Burke’s world-renowned doctors and therapists provide state-of-the-art treatment while its clinical researchers explore the frontiers of neurological and rehabilitation medicine. All share the Burke mission to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from illness or injury regardless of their ability to pay. For additional information on Burke Rehabilitation Center, please visit


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