THE AWARDS

CERINI & ASSOCIATES SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD

This award will be given to a nonprofit that measures success not just by meeting its mission, but by affecting the surrounding community. Impact goes beyond the number of children served, shelters provided, and mouths fed. Impact looks at how the organization impacted the Long Island community as a whole, and how the results have been measured.

CERTILMAN BALIN LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD

This award recognizes an exemplary nonprofit leader (who may be an Executive Director, board member, staff member, volunteer, etc.) whose accomplishments have advanced his/her organization. The leader must work in and reside in either Nassau or Suffolk Counties. This is not about traditional volunteering, directors, or funding, but focuses on innovation in driving organizational change and social impact.

CLAIRE FRIEDLANDER FAMILY FOUNDATION ARTS & CULTURE AWARD

This award is available to any arts and/or cultural organization that has had a significant impact on Long Island. This includes organizations that have had a significant, measurable impact on their community, developed new and/or innovative programming, developed effective fee-generating programs, or have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their artistic and/or cultural field.

FLUSHING BANK INNOVATION AWARD

This nonprofit has been innovative in adopting new platforms that have led to a significant increase in the organization’s ability to meet its mission. This could include the implementation of technology that enables the organization to achieve cost savings and better communication; a strategic approach to fundraising; a unique and effective public relations campaign; etc.

NERDS THAT CARE FAN FAVORITE AWARD

Each finalist is automatically entered into the voting pool to win the $3,000 Fan Favorite Award. Voting typically runs for 3 weeks in March/April. The public can vote daily via social media and each finalist is encouraged to share the link. The finalist with the most votes is declared the “Fan Favorite” and is announced LIVE at the event.

VANGUARD INSURANCE AGENCY RISING STAR AWARD

This award will recognize a nonprofit generating under $2 million in revenue for its outstanding innovation, impact, and achievements in meeting its mission. The award will be given to an organization who demonstrates an outstanding record of sustained achievement, has successfully demonstrated successful financial performance, and has built a reputation for excellence within the community.

*SPONSORSHIP STILL AVAILABLE* 2021 HALL OF FAME AWARD
– CEREBRAL PALSY ASSOCIATION OF NASSAU COUNTY

The Long Island Imagine Awards Hall of Fame was established to honor those organizations that consistently excel in the areas of leadership, impact, and operations. These organizations continuously operate at the highest level and have been recognized by the Imagine Awards as a consistent winner or finalist.

AWARD WINNERS

YEAR 8 WINNERS (2020)

  • CERINI & ASSOCIATES SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD: VIBS
  • CERTILMAN BALIN LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD: John Miller – The Guide Dog Foundation & America’s Vetdogs
  • CLAIRE FRIEDLANDER ARTS & CULTURE AWARD: Splashes of Hope
  • EMPIRE NATIONAL BANK INNOVATION AWARD: Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County
  • VANGUARD INSURANCE AGENCY RISING STAR AWARD: Birthday Wishes of Long Island
  • NERDS THAT CARE FAN FAVORITE AWARD: The Book Fairies
  • NONPROFIT RESOURCE HUB HALL OF FAME AWARD: Island Harvest Food Bank

YEAR 7 WINNERS (2019)

  • CERINI & ASSOCIATES SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD: Island Harvest Food Bank
  • CERTILMAN BALIN LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD: Dr. Ellemorris Tiegerman – Tiegerman
  • CLAIRE FRIEDLANDER ARTS & CULTURE AWARD: Bay Street Theater
  • EMPIRE NATIONAL BANK INNOVATION AWARD: Paws of War
  • VANGUARD INSURANCE AGENCY RISING STAR AWARD: Helping Makes U Happy, Inc.
  • NERDS THAT CARE FAN FAVORITE AWARD: Helping Makes U Happy, Inc.

YEAR 6 WINNERS (2018)

  • CERINI & ASSOCIATES SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD: The INN
  • CERTILMAN BALIN LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD: Sister Patricia Griffith – Mercy Haven, Inc.
  • CLAIRE FRIEDLANDER ARTS & CULTURE AWARD: Cinema Arts Centre
  • EMPIRE NATIONAL BANK INNOVATION AWARD: Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation
  • FLUSHING BANK RISING STAR AWARD: Girls Inc. of Long Island
  • NERDS THAT CARE FAN FAVORITE AWARD: Patient AirLift Services

YEAR 5 WINNERS (2017)

  • CERINI & ASSOCIATES SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD: Pronto of Long Island, Inc.
  • CERTILMAN BALIN LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD: Theresa Regnante – United Way of Long Island
  • CLAIRE FRIEDLANDER ARTS & CULTURE AWARD: East End Arts
  • EMPIRE NATIONAL BANK INNOVATION AWARD: Adults and Children with Learning and Develpmental Disablities (ACLD)
  • BUSINESS EXCHANGE RISING STAR AWARD: Angels For Warriors
  • NERDS THAT CARE FAN FAVORITE AWARD: Contractors for Kids

YEAR 4 WINNERS (2016)

  • CERINI & ASSOCIATES SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD: Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY)
  • CERTILMAN BALIN LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD: Lillian Julien – COPE Foundation
  • CERINI & ASSOCIATES SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURISM AWARD: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island
  • EMPIRE NATIONAL BANK INNOVATION AWARD: School-Business Partnerships of Long Island
  • BUSINESS EXCHANGE RISING STAR AWARD: Best Buddies New York
  • PAYCHEX FAN FAVORITE AWARD: Family & Children’s Association

YEAR 3 WINNERS (2015)

  • CERINI & ASSOCIATES SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD: Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc.
  • BUSINESS EXCHANGE LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD: Randi Shubin Dresner – Island Harvest Food Bank
  • BANK OF AMERICA/U.S. TRUST SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURISM AWARD: eWorks Electronics Service, Inc.
  • EMPIRE NATIONAL BANK INNOVATION AWARD: The Viscardi Center
  • BUSINESS EXCHANGE RISING STAR AWARD: Patient AirLift Services
  • UNITED WAY FAN FAVORITE AWARD: Central American Refugee Center

YEAR 2 WINNERS (2014)

  • CERINI & ASSOCIATES SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD: Peconic Land Trust
  • NIXON PEABODY LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD: The INN
  • SOCIAL ENTERPRISE ALLIANCE LONG ISLAND CHAPTER SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURISM AWARD: FEGS Health and Human Resources
  • PILOT BENEFITS INNOVATION AWARD: United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Suffolk, Inc.
  • CLAIRE FRIEDLANDER RISING STAR AWARD: RotaCare, Inc.

YEAR 1 WINNERS (2013)

  • CERINI & ASSOCIATES SOCIAL IMPACT AWARD: Island Harvest Food Bank
  • NIXON PEABODY LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE AWARD: Center for Science Teaching and Learning
  • CAPITAL ONE BANK SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURISM AWARD: Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County
  • FRANK G. ZARB SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AT HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY INNOVATION AWARD: Long Island Crisis Center
  • CLAIRE FRIDLANDER RISING STAR AWARD: Wyandanch Homes and Property Development Corporation