NAMI-NYC Named as Finalist in NYC Imagine Awards - NAMI-NYC

NAMI-NYC Named as Finalist in NYC Imagine Awards

New York, NY, July 29, 2022—The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City (NAMI-NYC) was named a Finalist in the Rising Star category in The 2nd Annual NYC Imagine Awards. 

The NYC Imagine Awards were created to offer formal acknowledgement to some of NYC metro’s most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations.  The launch of the inaugural NYC event in 2021 drew over 200 of the sector’s top nonprofits and corporate leadership to the hybrid event.  The 2nd Annual NYC Imagine Awards nonprofit competition will take place on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 6-10pm at Guastavino’s, 409 E. 59th St. in Manhattan.  

With nearly 250 applications submitted for consideration in 5 categories, including Innovation, Leadership Excellence, Rising Star, Social Impact and Arts & Culture.  NAMI-NYC is one of four finalists in the Rising Star category. The winners receive $5,000 and will be announced live at the event.

“We are so proud to have been nominated for the Rising Star Award. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of New York City runs on the power of our 22 employees and over 300 volunteers and, despite our small size, we have a significant impact reaching tens of thousands of individuals with free mental health programs and support. We’re also a leader in the mental health field, advocating for the rights of people living with mental illness and shaping City and State policies,” said Matt Kudish, NAMI-NYC’s Executive Director.

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

“The Imagine Awards honors the best of the best, so being named an Imagine Award finalist is a big deal,” said NYC Imagine Awards founder Ken Cerini of Cerini & Associates. “All of the finalists are incredible with extremely effective, innovative, and impactful operations…they are truly making a difference for all of us.”

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


For 40 years, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of NYC has offered life-changing support, education, and advocacy to families and individuals affected by mental illness. NAMI-NYC’s services are free of charge and accessible to anyone who needs them. Learn more at

About The Imagine Awards

The Imagine Awards was created in 2012 for Long Island by Managing Partner, Ken Cerini of Cerini & Associates, LLP.  It’s continued success prompted the expansion into the NYC metro area to honor organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them. The NYC Imagine Awards recognizes outstanding nonprofit performances in the region.  Learn more about the NYC Imagine Awards, visit