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ITHACA, NY – Tompkins Connect, in collaboration with Tompkins Trust CompanyTompkins Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Tompkins County, are pleased to announce the winners of the Third Annual Fab5 Young Professional Awards. These awards highlight and celebrate the achievements of young professionals, aged 21 – 40, who are excelling in their respective fields and making an impact in Tompkins County. Once again, the judges had the privilege of reading through over 100 stellar nominations as they selected the outstanding winners for each category.

Please join Tompkins Connect and the aforementioned sponsors in congratulating this year’s winners:

  • Non-Profit Leader: Samantha McBean, GIAC
  • Business Leader: Ashley Cake, The Watershed
  • Rookie of the Year: Ernesto Villa, Ithaca Youth Bureau
  • Entrepreneur of the Year: Katie Foley, Silo Food Truck
  • Volunteer of the Year: Ellen Mary Abb, Ithaca Families Gift Economy

These young professionals have shown tremendous success and passion through their work within this community. All members of our community are invited to honor and celebrate them at the 2018 Fab5 Young Professional Awards.

The awards ceremony will be held on Monday, February 26th at Coltivare, 235 S. Cayuga Street in Ithaca, NY, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.Tickets are currently on sale, and include not only entry to this fun and fantastic event, but a delicious dinner as well. Registrants can receive $15 off the ticket price by using the promo code provided on the event page. Visit to learn more about the winners and to purchase your ticket today.