Winners of the 4th Annual Long Island Imagine Awards Selected
May 4, 2016 – Bohemia, NY –  Six nonprofit winners of the 4th Annual Long Island Imagine Awards were announced LIVE at the gala awards reception on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 6-9:30pm 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 137 nonprofits submitted applications to win a $5,000 grant in five categories: Innovation, Leadership Excellence, Rising Star, Social Entrepreneurism and Social Impact. Of this pool of worthy applicants, 20 were selected as finalists and one in each category was awarded the grant, and a sixth organization was provided a Fan Favorite award through an internet vote.
The winners were:
  • Cerini & Associates Social Entrepreneurism Award – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island
  • Empire National Bank Innovation Award – School-Business Partnerships of LI, Inc. (SBPLI)
  • The Business Exchange Rising Star Award – Best Buddies New York
  • Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman LLP Leadership Award –  Lillian Julien, COPE Foundation, Inc.
  • Cerini & Associates Social Impact Award – Long Island Gay & Lesbian Youth (LIGALY)
  • Paychex Fan Favorite Award – Family and Children’s Association
In its fourth year, the Imagine Awards are the premiere awards program on Long Island for the nonprofit sector.  “This year’s finalists and winners were all amazing … they truly exemplify the nonprofit sector at their finest,” said Kenneth Cerini, Managing Partner of Cerini & Associates, LLP, the Awards’ founders.  “Other nonprofits can learn from strong leadership, innovation, impact, and the entrepreneurial spirit from these organizations.”
The Long Island Imagine Awards recognizes the following major sponsors: Cerini & Associates, LLP, Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, Empire National Bank, Paychex and the Business Exchange.
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2016 Long Island Imagine Award winners. Top row (L-R) Ken Cerini, Cerini & Associates, Joani Madarash, SBPLI, Robert Vitelli, LIGALY, Lillian Julien, COPE Foundation, Megan Kelly & Olivia Civardi, Best Buddies New York, Mark Cox, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, Jeffrey Reynolds, Family and Children’s Association.
About Cerini and Associates, LLP
Cerini & Associates, LLP is a full service accounting firm with a staff over 40 full and part-time employees, four partners, and a foundation built on value-added ideas and integrity.  C&A serves many industries, including healthcare, nonprofit, special education, school districts, technology, contractors, and an array of mid-sized businesses (including retailers, manufacturers, distributors, et al). C&A’s services include, but are not limited to: accounting and auditing; tax compliance and business advisory; tax controversy defense and support; litigation support; mergers and acquisitions; internal audit; and operational and internal control reviews.
C&A’s staff takes pride in the quality of its work and operates with the technical ability of a much larger firm. C&A is also proud to have received an unqualified opinion during its last tri-annual peer review. The firm is affiliated with many professional organizations, including the: New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants,  American Institute of Certified Public Accountants,  and Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
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