Baldwin, NY – February 13, 2024 – Bethany House of Nassau County was named a Finalist in the Social Impact Award category in the 12th Annual Long Island Imagine Awards.

The Long Island Imagine Awards, now in its 12th year, was founded by Ken Cerini, CPA, Cerini & Associates LLP as a way to showcase the nonprofit sector and all the good work that it does, as well as provide opportunities for deeper collaboration within the sector. The gala event, scheduled for Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 6-10pm at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, NY, provides unlimited networking and connection opportunities for the corporate and nonprofit sectors while highlighting the exceptional work of the finalist organizations. The 24 finalists, 4 in each category, receive a professionally produced video that is showcased the night of the event and two free tickets to attend. In addition, each finalist will receive $1,000 courtesy of Diamond Sponsor SterlingRisk Insurance and one in each category will be announced LIVE at the event. For more information visit

More than 150 nonprofit applications were submitted for consideration in six categories: Arts & Culture, Innovation, Leadership Excellence, Rising Star, Social Impact, and Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA). Bethany House is one of four finalists in the Social Impact Award category.

“We are so thankful to be chosen as a finalist for an Imagine Award in the Social Impact category,” said Executive Director, Catherine Swanson. “With government funding and grants, Bethany House provides emergency shelter for women, and women with children, experiencing homelessness. However, we do so much more than “keep the light on” for our guests. We have implemented numerous programs, like Safe Ground for Families, in which we help women gain the tools they need to break out of the cycle of homelessness.”

Finalists were chosen by Long Island business professionals during preliminary judging. Members of the Awards’ Distinguished Judging Panel selected the Imagine Awards winners from among the Finalists during final judging.

“Being named a Finalist in The Long Island Imagine Awards is an important achievement,” said Ken Cerini, Founder of the Long Island Imagine Awards.  “It means that the Organization has been identified as a leader on Long Island, exhibiting impactful and innovative operations.  Congratulations to all of the Finalists on their achievement.”

Details about Long Island Imagine Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at

About Bethany House

Bethany House was founded in 1978 in response to a validated need for shelter for women, and women with children experiencing homelessness on Long Island. Throughout its forty-four years, Bethany has provided safe, supportive emergency and housing and support services for homeless single women and women with dependent children. Bethany House exists to strengthen and assist those women and children from Long Island who are deprived of the basic resources required for natural and healthy growth and development. We work to support women, and women with children, through uncertainty to stability. We carry this out through a three-step approach. We begin by providing shelter and meeting the basic needs of guests in a welcoming, safe, and home-like setting. We offer programs which provide a continuum of care that starts with emergency shelter, moves into transitional services and housing, and culminates in permanent housing and greater self-sufficiency and ongoing support.

About The Imagine Awards

The Imagine Awards was created in 2012 on Long Island by Ken Cerini Managing Partner 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.  2024 will represent the 12th Annual Long Island Imagine Awards and the 4th Annual event in NYC,  

Long Island Imagine Awards Winners to Be Announced on Wednesday,

May 1, 2024  at the Crest Hollow Country Club