The 2019 Council on Brain Injury Awards, sponsored by Astor Weiss Kaplan & Mandel, LLP, will be given to Dr. Drew Nagele and The Jazz Sanctuary. Dr. Nagele will be recognized as the individual winner in recognition of his long history of service to individuals with brain injuries and their families through clinical leadership, advocacy, support, and research. As those who know Dr. Nagele will attest, he has been a tireless advocate and supporter of the brain injury community who has promoted access to services and clinical excellence throughout his career.
The Jazz Sanctuary has been selected as the organization winner. Led by Alan Segal, this non-profit has taken on the mission of bringing joy and the lessons of jazz music to the brain injury community. Mr. Segal had a brain injury in 2006. Not only did he learn to walk and talk again, he was inspired to give back to the community who helped in his recovery. He created The Jazz Sanctuary, a group of accomplished jazz musicians who regularly perform throughout the area. For the past several years, the Jazz Sanctuary has performed at a variety of brain injury events—including Camp Cranium, ReDiscoverU, BIAPA’s annual conference and the Council on Brain Injury’s annual golf tournament. The hope of the Jazz Sanctuary is to bring the joy of music and the message of jazz to the brain injury community.