10th Annual LI Imagine Awards Finalists Selected

The nonprofit finalists have been selected and winners of the 10th Annual Long Island Imagine Awards will be announced LIVE at a hybrid event on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 from 6-10pm at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, NY.  This gala event was created to offer formal acknowledgement to some of Long Island’s most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations. Over 150 nonprofit applications were submitted to win a $5,000 grant in five categories: Innovation, Leadership Excellence, Rising Star, Social Impact and Arts and Culture. Of this pool of worthy applicants, 20 were selected as finalists and one in each category will be awarded the grant during the LIVE awards ceremony on April 26, 2022.

“We are proud and active members of the Long Island nonprofit community and supporters of the Imagine Awards from its inception when we began as a sponsor of the Rising Star category, said Peter Klein, President, The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation. We moved on to support the Arts & Culture Category in 2017 in recognition of Claire’s deep appreciation for all things artistic.

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation Arts & Culture Award

  • Bay Street Theater
  • Gold Coast Arts Center & International Film Festival
  • Teatro Experimental Yerbabruja Inc.
  • The Eglevsky Ballet

Cerini & Associates Social Impact Award

  • Backstretch Employee Service Team of NY
  • EPIC Long Island
  • Options for Community Living, Inc.
  • YES Community Counseling Center

The Certilman Balin Leadership Excellence Award

  • Long Island Children’s Museum, Aimee Terzulli, Director of Education
  • Mercy Haven, Inc., John Castellano, Attorney in Charge and Director of the Mercy Advocacy Program
  • RISE Life Services, Charles Evdos, Executive Director of RISE Life Services
  • Harmony Heights, Kathryn Nastri, LCSW, Executive Director

Flushing Bank Innovation Award

  • East End Food Institute
  • ELIJA Transitional Programs & Services (TPS)
  • The Viscardi Center
  • Family Service League

Vanguard Insurance Agency Rising Star Award

  • Andrew McMorris Foundation
  • Birthday Wishes of Long Island
  • Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck
  • Friends of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Suffolk (also known as Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Suffolk County or RSVP Suffolk)

Ticket and sponsorship opportunities are available at For additional information contact Hillary Needle at, 516-993-4056.

About The Imagine Awards

The Imagine Awards was created in 2012 on Long Island by Managing Partner, Ken Cerini of Cerini & Associates, LLP.  Honoring nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Imagine Awards recognize outstanding performances in the sector.  2022 will represent the 10th Annual Long Island Imagine Awards  and the 2nd Annual event in NYC,