Downtown Ithaca’s Annual Dinner & Awards Set for March 12

Celebration features special speakers, awards ceremony, and buffet dinner

ITHACA, FEBRUARY 28, 2020 —  Downtown Ithaca is gearing up for its biggest night of the year — it’s Annual Awards Dinner.
The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) will host its annual affair on Thursday, March 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Coltivare, 235 S. Cayuga St., Ithaca. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and a cash bar will be available prior to the dinner.  The Awards Dinner is presented by Visions Federal Credit Union and supported in part by Ithaca Renting and the DIA.

Annual Awards Dinner speakers

Gary Ferguson, Downtown Ithaca Alliance Executive Director; JoAnn Cornish, City of Ithaca Director of Planning and Development; Tammy Baker, Family & Children’s Services of Ithaca Community Outreach Worker; and Kirby Edmonds, The Tompkins Center for History and Culture representative, will each offer master talks during the 2020 Downtown Ithaca Dinner Awards

During this time-honored celebration, the DIA will recognize the corporate, elected, entrepreneurial, and community leaders who were instrumental in Downtown Ithaca’s ongoing development in 2019. Dozens of the city’s top leaders in business, philanthropy, and the government will be in attendance.
The focus of this year’s celebration is Together We Grow.

DIA Executive Director Gary Ferguson will offer a presentation regarding the importance of partnerships. In addition to Ferguson’s presentation, Tompkins Center for History and Culture representative Kirby Edmonds, Family & Children’s Services of Ithaca’s Downtown Community Outreach Worker Tammy Baker, and City of Ithaca Director of Planning and Development JoAnn Cornish will each provide brief master talks.

“Downtown Ithaca has become a dynamic community center, thanks to partnerships with and investment from 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 2020,” says Ferguson.

The night of celebration will conclude with the DIA presenting a total of 9 awards in the following categories Retailer of the Year, Office/Tech Business of the Year, Downtown Nonprofit of the Year, Economic Development Project of the Year, Special Recognition and Special Merit.

Prior to the awards ceremony, honorees and guests will be treated to a freshly prepared buffet-style meal (vegan and vegetarian options will be available).

Seating is extremely limited to this special engagement so promptly buy your tickets by calling the DIA at (607) 277-8679, or email  You can also buy tickets online at

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Media Contact

Darlene M. Wilber,
Communications Manager
Downtown Ithaca Alliance
(607) 277-8679


ABOUT THE DOWNTOWN ITHACA ALLIANCE:  The DIA is a New York State-chartered 501c3 not-for-profit organization in charge of the revitalization, development, promotion, and management of the downtown Ithaca Business Improvement District. The organization celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017.