This is a Community Announcement for the Greater Ithaca Activities Center’s 50th Anniversary party. It was not written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit community announcements, please send them to Matt Butler at

Celebrate 50 fabulous years in style at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center’s 50th Anniversary Mid-Summer Party – “GIAC Since 1972: Celebrating the Old, Embracing the New!” We invite you to come party with us on July 30th from 8pm – 12midnight at The Upstairs (106 S Cayuga St, Ithaca). 

There will be spectacular live music performances by Amir Ali, Ave Mack of Empire Kings, Mbusi, and SingTrece. DJ CDZ NUTZ will be spinning an all vinyl mix of funk, soul, Motown, and hip-hop from 1972 to present. A special silent art auction with art pieces graciously donated by Ithaca Reggae Fest will be there for your bidding delight. All proceeds from the evening will be donated back to GIAC’s Robin Fund and general programming. To reflect the year it all began, tickets will be $19.72 each. The first 50 people to arrive will receive a special welcome drink! This event is for those 21 and over but keep an eye out for more all-ages anniversary events throughout the year! 

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For questions or more information, call (607) 272-3622. This project is made possible, in part, with funding from The Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County and the Community Foundation of Tompkins County. 

More information about:  

The Robin Fund –  

The Robin Fund assists people in our community faced with a financial crisis and nowhere else to go. When family finances are in precarious balance any emergency becomes a struggle for survival. In such a situation, a grant or loan from the Robin Fund can be made quickly and without a lot of red tape. It can make a world of difference for the recipient. And thanks to the compassionate administration by GIAC staff and volunteers, 100% of each donation goes directly to people in need! Friends and family of Robin Whittlesey started the Robin Fund as a way to perpetuate her legacy of boundless generosity and deep concern for people in the community.   

Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) –  

The Greater Ithaca Activities Center (GIAC) is a center for all ages, particularly youth and teens. It serves the immediate neighborhood and the greater Ithaca area by providing multicultural, educational, and recreational programs focused on social and individual development. The center’s programs include services dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people we serve; advocating for the rights and needs of youth, families, underrepresented, and disenfranchised populations; providing structured employment training opportunities for at-risk youth and adults; and fighting against oppression and intimidation in our community. The center executes this mission through its own programming and by drawing on the resources of other community agencies and individuals. 

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Amir Ali – Amir Ali, currently residing in Ithaca, New York, is a musician and recording artist that looks forward to sharing his talents at this evening’s event! Showing a penchant for art and music at a young age, he would spend his formative years learning to draw, paint, and play guitar. Later, he would develop his skills as a songwriter, record producer, and recording artist. After graduating from Ithaca College’s Art department, where he studied painting, drawing, and sculpture, he began working full time for the Ithaca Youth Bureau in the Recreation Department. For this evening’s celebration, he will be jamming on guitar through a few blues and soul classics. We hope you enjoy the tunes! 

Mbusi – Born in South Africa, raised in NY. Mbusi is the truth. Pouring out his life experiences on every track, singing with his talented voice. Touching the hearts and minds of every person he comes across. His music can be described as mesmerizing. And as of late has been described as the R&B King. 

SingTrece – Her voice has been called ”Milk and Honey to the Ears” and you can’t help but feel something with every note she sings. SingTrece recently won first place at the famous Apollo theater. She also tours Europe, singing in Malta, Norway, Hungary, Germany, Italy, and even the Vatican twice. SingTrece learned that her gift of singing was a light with a purpose and needs to be shared with the world. She encourages and inspires with every note she belts out so effortlessly with every song she writes or asks to sing. SingTrece is a playwright, director, actress, singer, songwriter, mother, wife and all around amazing woman to work with. 

Ave Mack of Empire Kings – Empire Kings is a Hip-Hop group based in Ithaca, NY. The artists inclulde: Ave Mack (Emcee), DJ Cdz Nutz, Tweaky (Emcee), and Izzy B (Emcee). The group takes pride in being a clear illustration of hip-hop culture, from music to art. “Our music is versatile, meaning we create music about the current events in our broken world to songs that make you want to dance. We tend to have high energy and intense music and performances because we take pride in putting on an unforgettable show.”