RIP Medical Debt Named as Finalist in Inaugural NYC Image Awards

NYC Imagine Awards Winners to Be Announced on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at Guastavino’s 

Queens, NY– 8/01 – RIP Medical Debt (RIP) was named a Finalist in the One Group Innovation Awards category in The 2nd Annual NYC Imagine Awards. The NYC Imagine Awards was 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., NY, NY.    

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

“It’s an honor to be recognized in such a diverse and competitive field,” shares RIP Medical Debt President, Allison Sesso. “I’m incredibly proud of RIP’s accomplishments to date: abolishing nearly $7 billion in burdensome medical debt for over 3.7 million families. Having led the Human Services Council of New York, in my previous role, and worked with 170 nonprofits in this great city, I know it’s home to a lot of innovative nonprofits. That’s why I’m humbled to have the work of RIP Medical Debt acknowledged.” 

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 

About RIP Medical Debt 

RIP Medical Debt (RIP) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was founded in 2014 by two former debt collectors. To date RIP has acquired — and abolished — nearly $7 billion of burdensome medical debt, helping 3.7 million families and addressing a major social determinant of health. RIP purchases debts for a fraction of their face value in bundled portfolios and partners with individuals, faith-based organizations, government, foundations and corporations to empower donors by converting every dollar contributed into $100 of medical debt relief on average.  

RIP also partners with hospitals and health systems and physician groups to acquire medical debt for abolishment. RIP rose to national prominence on an episode of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” with John Oliver in which RIP facilitated the abolishment of $15M in medical debt.  

In December of 2020, philanthropist MacKenzie Scott donated $50 million to RIP to help uplift struggling communities. To learn more, visit: 

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