ITHACA, FEBRUARY 16, 2018 — Downtown Ithaca is gearing up for its biggest night of the year — it’s Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony.
The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) will present the annual affair on Monday, March 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Marriott Downtown on the Commons. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and a cash bar will be available prior to the dinner.
During this time-honored celebration, the DIA will recognize the corporate, elected, entrepreneurial, and community leaders who were instrumental in the ongoing development of Downtown in 2017. Dozens of the city’s top leaders in business, philanthropy, and government will be in attendance.
The focus of this year’s celebration is Why I Believe in Downtown.
DIA Executive Director Gary Ferguson will present information regarding the current and future state of Downtown and Joe Wetmore, DIA founder and Autumn Leaves Used Booksowner, will discuss the beginnings of the DIA and its early vision. The not-for-profit organization is entering its 21st year in existence this year.
In addition to these presentations, Rosie App CEO Nick Nickitas, Green Street Pharmacy Owner and Pharmacist Nicole Pagano and Urban Core LLC Co-Founder John Guttridge will provide short master talks.
The night of celebration will conclude with the DIA presenting a total of seven awards including Economic Development Project of the Year, Retailer of the Year, Office Business of the Year, Nonprofit partner of the year, Downtown partner of the year, Board Member of the Year and Downtown Entrepreneur of the Year.
“Downtown Ithaca has become a dynamic community center, thanks to the hard work and investment of many people. Our annual dinner is an opportunity to celebrate these achievements and pay tribute to some of our most outstanding examples of success in 2017,” Ferguson said.
Prior to the awards ceremony, honorees and guests will be treated to a freshly prepared buffet style meal of field greens, panko crusted chicken, Mixed Vegetables and Tofu with Coconut Red Curry Thai Sauce, Cilantro Lime Sauce (gluten free & vegan), grilled vegetable ratatouille, a dessert and a complimentary glass of wine.
Seating is extremely limited to this special engagement so promptly buy your tickets by calling the DIA at (607) 277-8679, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ticket purchases may also be made online at https://squareup.com/market/downtown-ithaca-alliance.