NEW YORK CITY IMAGINE AWARDS
THE INAUGURAL EVENT WAS HELD
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
The Edison Ballroom
240 W 47th St, New York, NY 10036
6pm – 10pm
Tickets $300 | Nonprofit $150 | Virtual $25
**Info on the 2nd Annual NYC Imagine Awards Coming Soon!**
WINNERS ANNOUNCED, CONGRATULATIONS!
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2ND ANNUAL NYC IMAGINE AWARDS OPEN JANUARY 10, 2022!
**Details on the 2nd Annual NYC Imagine Awards Coming Soon!**
The Inaugural New York City Imagine Awards, the premier event that shines the spotlight on the nonprofit sector, was held on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at the Edison Ballroom. We are extremely excited to bring the Imagine Awards to New York City and its surrounding boroughs. This event has been a mainstay of the Long Island nonprofit sector for the last nine years, so to be able to introduce this to the New York City marketplace is amazing. We will continue to make this an annual event in NYC!
This gala event was created to offer formal acknowledgment to some of the City’s most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations. 501(c)(3) nonprofits located in and/or significantly serving The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens or Staten Island are eligible to apply across five categories, Arts & Culture; Innovation; Leadership Excellence; Rising Star; & Social Impact, with the winner in each category winning a $5,000 grant. In addition, the 20 finalists, 4 in each category, will each receive a professionally produced video, which will be showcased the night of the event.
The Imagine Awards is an award program that
was designed for 3 reasons:
To shine a spotlight on those nonprofits that are truly unique those with strong leadership, who are innovative in their actions and operations, who are impactful on both a micro and macro perspective, who are significantly advancing programs and the sector on a regular basis, who think out of the box, and who understand the need to effectively collaborate to leverage results.
To foster relationships having the ability for nonprofit leadership to come together and communicate, to see what each other are doing, to share ideas, and to find ways to effectively work and collaborate with each other creates a more integrated and stronger sector for all of us.
To provide education it’s a little bit of a cliché, but we don’t know what we don’t know. Nonprofit leadership is often focused on the day to day needs of their organization and don’t always have a place to turn or an avenue to bounce questions off of. The Imagine Awards offers this through idea sharing, access to winners (Let’s Imagine Event), and more.
The Imagine Awards not only provides a $5,000 check to the winner in each category, it provides a professionally developed video to each finalist, it provides an avenue to collaborate and explore, it provides exposure and recognition to the finalists and the sector, and it provides a night where the light is shine in on the sector to spotlight all the amazing things that are happening in the nonprofit community. Imagine Awards participants have developed new partnerships and collaborations, have made corporate connections which has resulted in new board members and contributions, have gain strategic insight into what other organizations are doing, and have developed new friendships and relationships that have proven essential in the growth and development of their organizations.
MEET OUR INAUGURAL EMCEE!
Race and Culture Reporter
Crystal is thrilled to be back home to tell your stories as a member of the legendary Channel 7 Eyewitness News Team – a dream come true! She was born in Manhattan and raised in Maplewood, N.J.
Prior to joining WABC-TV, Crystal reported for KYW-TV in Philadelphia. She chased breaking news, covered general assignment and feature stories, and contributed enterprise stories. One Emmy-nominated investigative story she did led to a change in Philadelphia’s fire escape inspection regulations.
Before Philly, Crystal was a Reporter and fill-in Anchor/Host at WBRE-TV in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. She reported on major breaking news stories and events, including the 2016 presidential campaigns of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the devastation caused by a rare tornado, and the fight to close Wilkes-Barre City Hall in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Crystal won a Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award for a series of reports that included the battle to close City Hall. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives also awarded Crystal a citation for her community service efforts.
Spectrum News in Corning, NY is where Crystal landed her first television reporting job. While there, she earned a memorable exclusive. Crystal questioned a murder suspect and he confessed to the crime on-camera.
Crystal is a graduate of the Howard University School of Communications. She received a Master’s degree in International Relations from New York University.
In her spare time, Crystal enjoys reading, mentoring others and perfecting her Roti-making skills. She’s a proud Guyanese-American with Nigerian roots.
Aetna Rising Star Award
Alliant Leadership Excellence Award
Cerini & Associates Social Impact Award
Cerini & Associates Fan Favorite Award
Each finalist is automatically entered into the voting pool to win the $5,000 Fan Favorite Award. Voting typically runs for 3 weeks in August/September. 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.
Claire Friedlander Family Foundation Arts & Culture Award
Nonprofit Resource Hub 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.