Each year, Ability Beyond relies on the proceeds from its gala to provide a hopeful future for more than 3,000 individuals with disabilities served by the nonprofit organization. Due to this year’s pandemic, the event has been reinvented as the “No Go Gala” Giving Hour.
The newly designed virtual fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 25th via a livestream webcast from 6 to 7pm. Donations are being accepted from now, through event day.
Ability Beyond President and CEO Jane Davis says they are facing incomprehensible needs brought on by COVID-19 and have taken actions to prevent its spread, protect residents and staff, and abide by mandated safety precautions. The financial hardship for Ability Beyond is estimated to be over $5 million.
The gala has always been Ability Beyond’s largest fundraising event of the year, attracting close to 500 guests each year. The money raised allows the organization to continue providing critical services to clients in Connecticut and Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties in New York.