The Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce’s Fab5 Awards aren’t intended to be a meet-up for members of the Ithaca College community. But this year’s ceremony, held on March 2, turned out to be just that.
The awards are given annually to five young professionals between the ages of 21-40 who work in Tompkins County and make significant contributions to the community. And this year, four of the honorees had ties to IC. Alumni Abby Peterson ’11, Dominick Recckio ’16, and Harmony Malone ’15 were recognized, as was staff member Austin Reid.
Malone was a therapeutic recreation major, who spent years alongside Nia Nunn, associate professor in the department of education, at Nunn’s multicultural performing arts and human rights education program for children, CUMEP (Community Unity Music Education Program).
A program leader at the Greater Ithaca Activities Center and founder of the UNITED Dance Troupe, she was honored as Volunteer of the Year. For her, the impact of being honored was monumental, as is the work she’s doing.
“I love that I’m able to make an impact on the next generation,” Malone said. “Growing up, I was surrounded by people who invested in me, and I’m trying to pay that forward.”