Houston Treasures for 2015
Photo by: Evin Thayer Studios
Proud Houstonians Greggory and Patrick Burk have built a strong, shared commitment to supporting the city’s educational, medical, cultural and social service organizations during their 13 years of marriage.
Greggory, a native Houstonian, is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, and returned to Houston later to get her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from The University of St. Thomas. Pat, from San Antonio, also an SMU graduate, moved to New York and then to Houston in 2000. After giving up her career as a professional educator in the HISD system, Greggory changed her focus, energy and time to raising funds for charitable organizations throughout Greater Houston. She has been recognized as a prolific fund-raiser and dedicated champion of many local non-profit organizations, such as March of Dimes, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, University of St. Thomas, and with her husband the Amschwand Sarcoma Cancer Foundation and Texas Children’s Hospital.
Through the years, Greggory and Patrick have chaired and co-chaired numerous record-breaking events, including the Houston Ballet Ball and the Museum of Natural Science Gala. Greggory currently sits on the boards of Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts and on the Executive Board of the Houston Ballet. Pat is Executive Vice President and President of Construction Products at JD Fields & Company, Inc., a privately held international steel distribution company headquartered in Houston. He is an active member of YPO, and the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. He serves on the board of the Alley Theatre and has proudly served on the Men of Distinction Steering Committee, as well as a member of several corporate boards and organizations, including the MD Anderson Children’s Hospital Advance Team and Harris County Sherrif’s Office Foundation.
Together, Greggory and Pat are deeply committed proponents of Malayaka House, a small orphanage in Uganda run by their American friend, Robert Fleming. The Burks are committed to continuing their efforts to raise awareness and funds for these causes and bestow this responsibility of collaborative contribution upon their two beautiful daughters.