Cornell Town-Gown Awards honor community and campus collaborators

WHAT: 2015 Town-Gown Awards (TOGO)

WHEN:  Saturday, Nov. 14, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Kulp Auditorium, Ithaca High School

MEDIA: The event is free and open to the public. Media members are asked to RSVP to Daryl Lovell in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-254-4799 or

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Town-Gown Awards, also known as the TOGOs, is an informal event that recognizes people who are leaving elected, appointed or non-profit leadership jobs and spotlight five town-gown collaborations. This year’s awards ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 14 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Kulp Auditorium at Ithaca High School.

Those being recognized this year includes Marcia Fort, retired director of Greater Ithaca Activities Center; Town of Dryden supervisor Mary Ann Sumner, Ithaca Common Council members Ellen McCollister and J.R. Clairborne, Ithaca City School District Board of Education members Jay True and Eldred Harris, and various non-profit directors including Betty Falco of the Tompkins County Health Planning Council, Brigid Hubberman of Family Reading Partnership and Alphonse Pieper of Historic Ithaca.

In addition to the awards, Cornell students will hold a food drive at the event. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned or nonperishable food items. Cornell President Elizabeth Garrett will make remarks at the annual recognition ceremony, and Ithaca High School musicians will perform as attendees gather.

“The TOGOs, are a time for celebrating community connections and special stories you might not hear otherwise,” says Gary Stewart, director of community relations at Cornell University. “Thanks to those who have come in the past and to those who will attend their first TOGOs on November 14.”

The first TOGOs were held in Ithaca in 2011 and have been replicated in college towns across the United States.

There are many activities planned at Ithaca High School on November 14, so attendees should give themselves plenty of time to park and get into Kulp Auditorium.

For more information:
Daryl Lovell
office: 607-254-4799
cell: 607-592-3925 


Cornell University has television, ISDN and dedicated Skype/Google+ Hangout studios available for media interviews.