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ITHACA, NY Tompkins Connect, in collaboration with Tompkins Trust Company, Tompkins Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Tompkins County, are gearing up to celebrate the winners of the first annual Young Professional Fab 5 Awards. The Fab 5 Awards, which have been highly publicized throughout the community, caught fire with 120+ nominations, giving the judges a lot of success to shift through.

The well deserved winners are finally in! Please help Tompkins Connect and all the above sponsors to congratulate…

o   Joey Durgin of Black Irish Boxing winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year award

o   Robert Lawlis of Cayuga Medical Center winner of the Business Leader of the Year award

o   David Shapiro of Family & Children’s Services winner of the Non Profit Leader of the Year award

o   Emily Carroll with Hospicare winner of the Volunteer of the Year award

o   Ducson Nguyen with City of Ithaca winner of the Rookie of the Year award

These young professionals have shown tremendous success and passion through their work within this community. All member of our community are invited to honor and celebrate them at the Fab 5 Award event.

The event will be held on February 29th at Coltivare, 235 S. Cayuga Street in Ithaca NY, from 5:30 until 9:00 PM. Tickets are on currently now on sale to purchase your entry into this exciting event.

A ticket secures your night to be filled with fantastic food, drink specials and a room full of inspirational individuals. With wine, beer and food vendors from around the finger lakes, and the event being MC’d by Mayor Svante Myrick, the night will not be one to miss.

Visit to learn more about the winners, and to register for your ticket today.

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Michael Smith reports on politics and local news for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached via email at, by cell at (607) 229-0885, or via Google Voice at (518) 650-3639.