Capital Region Independent Media is holding its annual “Top 5” contest to identify the top changemakers in the communities we serve. We’ve asked you to help us select these outstanding individuals and businesses. When we have our winners of The Top 5IVE, an event will be held to honor & award them.

There are so many people, businesses, and organizations that contribute to our region. Those who drive change in their communities and make them better places to live. We want to recognize and honor their achievements.

There are 5 winners in each of four categories that will be honored this year: Women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous People of Color), Youth (Ages 15-21), and Businesses. 

Nominees are people who live, work or were raised in our service areas of southern Albany County, Columbia County and Greene County, or businesses within these districts.

Winners will be honored at THE TOP 5IVE Awards Event. This is a formal awards ceremony with dinner, cash bar, and live music.

The event will take place on Friday, April 26th, from 6-9 p.m. at The Wire Event Center in Coxsackie, NY.

Dinner will be a buffet prepared on-site by Firehouse Café & Bistro of Adams, MA.

Formal attire is requested.
Dress code is not enforced.

Tickets to attend The Top 5IVE event can be purchased at

Come out to The Wire on 4/26/24 to honor these incredible changemakers!