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7th Annual Imagine Awards at Crest Hollow Country Club | Tue Apr 30

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Founder Ken Cerini of the Imagine Awards. Ken is the Managing Partner of Cerini & Associates, LLP and is the executive responsible for the administration of our not-for-profit and educational providers practice group. In addition to his extensive audit experience both at Ernst & Young, LLP, and Cerini & Associates, LLP, Ken has been directly involved in providing consulting services for nonprofits and educational facilities of all sizes throughout New York State.

Ken has won numerous awards, and has been quoted in publications such as Newsday, Long Island Business News, the Long Island Press, and the New York Times. Ken is the editor for three of the five newsletters published in-house by the firm, including: The Lesson Plan, written for school districts; The Special ED-ition, published for special education providers; and The NFP Advisor, written specifically for the nonprofit sector. He teaches a graduate level nonprofit accounting course at LIU—CW Post.

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Platinum Sponsors

David Goldstein from Certilman Balin, Ed Probst Founder of Vanguard Insurance Agency and Tom Buomiauto of Empire National Bank













TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses osing for photo-ops with Emcee Doug Geed, Anchor News 12 Long Island, Comedian Paul Anthony from Bay Street Theater Recipient of The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation Arts and Culture Award, Steven Calapai from the Magro Foundation

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2019 Imagine Award Winners (L-R) Master of Ceremonies, Doug Geed, News12 Long Island, Certilman

Balin Leadership Excellence Award winner, Dr. Ellenmorris Tiegerman, Tiegerman, Imagine Awards

founder Kenneth Cerini, Managing Partner of Cerini & Associates, LLP, Vanguard Insurance Agency Rising

Star Award & Nerds That Care Fan Favorite Award winner, Keith Caputo, Helping Makes U Happy and

Empire National Bank Innovation Award winner Dori Scofield, Paws of War. Not pictured Cerini &

Associates Social Impact winner Island Harvest and The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation Arts &

Culture winner Bay Street Theater

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 Tommy DiMisa from Vanguard Insurance Company

TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Tommy DiMisa from Vanguard Insurance Company at the 7th Annual Imagine Awards at the 

Crest Hollow Country Club

The 7th Annual Long Island Imagine Awards was held Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 6-9:30pm at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, NY. Over 450 of the region’s top nonprofit executives, volunteers and corporate sponsors attended this gala event which was created to offer formal acknowledgement to some of Long Island’s most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations.


The amazing Doug Geed was the Emcee for the 7th Annual Long Island Imagine Awards!


Over 170 nonprofit applications were submitted to win $5,000 grants in each of 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 as well as a Fan Favorite was awarded

the grant LIVE at the awards ceremony. The winners are:

Cerini & Associates Social Impact Award

• Island Harvest Food Bank

The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation Arts & Culture Award

• Bay Street Theater

Certilman Balin Leadership Excellence Award

• Dr. Ellenmorris Tiegerman, Executive Director & CEO, Tiegerman

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.

In its seventh year, the Imagine Awards are the premiere awards program on Long Island for the

nonprofit sector. “Tonight, was all about the nonprofit sector, honoring those that truly make a

difference on Long Island,” said Kenneth Cerini, Managing Partner of Cerini & Associates, LLP, the

Awards’ founders. “This year’s finalists and winners were all amazing … they truly exemplify some of the

best the nonprofit sector has to offer.”

The Long Island Imagine Awards recognizes the following major sponsors: Cerini & Associates, LLP,

Certilman Balin, The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, Empire National Bank, Vanguard Insurance

Agency, Digital Waterworx, Long Island Business News and MAGII Pension Services. For more

information visit www.imagineawardsli.com


About The Long Island Imagine Awards:

The Long Island Imagine Awards, hailed as the “Academy Awards for Nonprofits” is the leading awards

program recognizing innovation and leadership in the nonprofit sector on Long Island. This grant

competition was established in 2012 by Ken Cerini, CPA, Managing Partner of Cerini and Associates, LLP.

The Long Island Imagine Awards receives hundreds of applications each year from Long Island-based

nonprofits who want to spotlight their innovation in programming, social impact and overall excellence.

Winners are announced LIVE at the event after their video is premiered in front of an audience filled

with over 400 supporters of the sector. Each finalist receives a complimentary video, and the winners

receive a $5,000 grant to further fund their missions. Nearly $200,000 has been distributed since

inception.


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Ms. New York Senior America Honors Former Marine Lisa DeStefano For H.A.V.E. Heart ( Honor A Veteran Everyday) Event

TV Host Entertainment Journalist Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Ms. New York Senior America 2014 Jane Rubenstein at H.A.V.E. HEART Campaign ( Honor A Veteran Everyday)

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a photo-op with Honoree Lisa DeStefano, her daughter Giovanna and Ms. Senior New York 2014 Jane Rubenstein at Ms. New York Senior America's H.A.V.E. HEART Campaign ( Honor A Veteran Everyday) Event

Ms. New York Senior America's H.A.V.E. HEART Campaign ( Honor A Veteran Everyday) took place at the home of Lisa DeStefano. The organizationed honored Lisa a US Marine Corps Veteran, and her daughter Giovanna with special gifts that were designed around their Holiday wishes.

Special thanks and gratiude went out to Cameo Sisters that were present - and their reigning Queen Maureen and her King Curtis, 2015 Queen C.J., our directors Marleen and Bob, our pageant director Pat, Jeanne, Betty, Claire, Enid, Iris, Alicia, Marie, and of course Jane 2014 and her King Jack. Ms. New York Senior America Honor, Appreciate, Respect, and Give Thanks for the Service of every member of the United States Military past and present! 

Happy Holidays to all!

We salute and honor Senior Women! Women who have reached the age of 60, with their knowledge and life experience, are the foundation of Ms. Senior America.

For more information please visit newyorksenioramerica.org

The United States Marine Corps, also referred to as the United States Marines, is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting expeditionary and amphibious operations with the United States Navy as well as the Army and Air Force. For more information please visit https://www.marines.com

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FRIENDS OF OHEKA GARDEN PARTY 2018 A GREAT GATSBY-STYLE AFFAIR


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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Vice-President Greg Genovese at Friends of OHEKA "An All Volunteer non-profit organization dedicated the protection, preservation and public awareness of OHEKA Castle"

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane interviews Honoree Dr. Gerard Brogan  Winner of the 2018 Humanitarian Award at Friends of OHEKA at OHEKA Castle

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TV Host Cognac Wellerlane poses for a  photo-op at Friends of OHEKA Garden Party at OHEKA Castle

Guests, supporters and press gathered at Friends of Oheka's Garden Party 2018 A Great Gastsby-Style Affair.

The event featured honoring 2018 Humanitarian Dr. Gerard X. Brogan, Jr. CEO/Executive Director Huntington Hospital and the 2018 Otto Kahn Award Winners with a

special tribute to Gary Melius owner of Oheka Castle.

Beginning in 2003, Friends of Oheka's Otto Kahn Awards Program, in partnership with Gary Melius, has selected graduating high school seniors from throughout Huntington who are exceptionally talented in some form of the arts to receive their OKA Scholarships. This year the total OKA scholarships were awarded to over $150,000. Thanks to their tremendously-successful Garden Party last year, the organization was able to bestow seven $3,000 awards. All the awarded funds were raised at their annual Garden Party.

The organization revealed a "Special Thank You" to all 2018 Otto Kahn Award Committee: Gayle Snyder and Greg Genovese, Co-chairs, Carol Finnegan, Kevin Lyons, Sheila Pariser, Frances Sadis, Susan Saltz, Kerry Strobl and Alissa Taff, committee members.

Seven talented high school seniors from the Town of Huntington were award with this year's Otto Kahn Awards.

Congratulation to all winners listed below:

Michael Bradford— Huntington High School

Shannon Culhane— Northport High School

Kenneth Fajardo— Huntington High School

Sarah Glassner— Northport High School

Marley Jacobson— Half Hollow Hills East High School

Delaney Mena— Walt Whitman High School

Sean Wilkinson— John Glenn High School

These winners were awarded a $3,000 scholarship at the Garden Party, which took place from 5 to 8 p.m.

This year's humanitarian award was presented to Dr. Gerard X. Brogan, CEO/Executive Director of Huntington Hospital.

As Huntington Hospital’s physician leader, Gerard Brogan, Jr., is focused on delivering the highest quality, patient-centered care to the community. He previously served as medical director of Long Island Jewish Forest Hills, where he concentrated on improving clinical quality, hospital operational efficiency and financial performance, and worked with hospital staff and more than 500 full-time and community-based physicians.

Dr. Brogan joined Northwell in 1998 as director of emergency services at Plainview Hospital and subsequently served as vice president of emergency services for LIJ Forest Hills, Long Island Jewish Valley Stream, Plainview, Syosset and Southside Hospitals.

He is also professor of emergency medicine at Zucker School of Medicine, has published extensively in the area of acute cardiac emergencies and serves as the medical director of revenue operations for Northwell Health.

Dr. Brogan received his medical degree from the University at Buffalo, and completed his residency, serving as chief resident, in emergency medicine at LIJ Medical Center.

The Otto Kahn scholarship was open to students attending college in the fall who are majoring in the performing arts, visual arts or music.

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