~ THE DAVID A. BURKEY FOUNDATION
The David A. Burke Foundation was started to continue the impact that Dave’s larger than life actions and continued acts of generosity had on the community. The foundation will support some of Dave’s favorite local non-profits Place of Hope, The First Tee and as well as supporting the David A. Burke scholarship for hospitality management at his alma mater FIU. Dave’s spirit and larger than life personality are carried on by his loving wife Amy and two boys Ryan and Matthew.
David served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer for The Breakers Palm Beach for 27 years. David served on many advisory roles, including the Vice Chairman of the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council, Ambassador to the Honda Classic Golf Tournament, President of Florida Restaurant Lodging Association, Executive Committee member of the Boca Raton Bowl and also on the executive board for Discover the Palm Beaches. He will forever be cherished for his contributions and generosity to the South Florida Community. His larger than life personality is carried on by his loving wife, Amy and two boys, Ryan and Matthew.
On Saturday, January 5th, 2019, The golf tournament was opened with ceremonial tee shots from Matt Burke (David’s Son), Rees Jones (Golf Course Designer and David’s Personal Friend), Ryan Burke (David’s Son), and Scott Burke (David’s Brother) at the newly redesigned Breakers Ocean Course. Since the golf course had been opened less than a week ago, the golfers were given the option to walk the new course while volunteer fore-caddies followed beside on the cart-path, providing clubs when necessary. Each foursome was given the option to participate in The Amy Flight (Scramble), or the Dave Flight (2 Best Ball) with no handicaps depending on each team’s preference. The golf tournament was followed by an Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception afterward.
“To have had the privilege of being the last recipient of the David Burke Scholarship was not only humbling but an honor. If you would have asked me several years ago where I thought my life would be right now, my answer would be extremely different than what it is today. I would not have been able to reply back today that I am a proud graduate of Florida International University, Chaplin School of Hospitality with my Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management. Through this endeavor, I have had so many incredible opportunities, a strong foundation of knowledge in the hospitality industry, tremendous personal growth and the ability to build life-long relationships with other students, staff, and colleagues.
As a result of this process, I have had the distinct pleasure of learning from the most incredible professors; they were actually the ones who really made me fall in love with this industry. Their passion, experience, and expertise were truly the driving force of my inspiration. The knowledge they shared about the industry made me realize that this was my calling and my purpose; it was time for me to follow my dreams. Moreover, the David Burke Scholarship assisted me in achieving my educational goals by providing me with the funds I needed to meet the priorities for my education and future objectives.
In addition, I was able to grow as an individual, leader, and innovator in this industry. I believe that the education that I received from FIU has propelled me into that direction and made me the best version of myself. Furthermore, my last two semesters at FIU were very difficult; I had to take all my courses online due to very severe health issues. Being in and out of the hospital has been an ongoing battle for the past year and a half now, so I was not able to attend classes in person. The online classes along with medical bills have still been a huge financial burden and the grant that I received from the David Burke Scholarship greatly assisted in helping me graduate and allowed me the opportunity to focus more on the most important aspect of school…my learning and my health.”
Your generosity and contribution will help make a difference in the community that David loved so much. Stay tuned for upcoming events in Spring of 2019!