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Ability Beyond moves annual fundraising gala online

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. 

Currently, the organization has 12 COVID-19 positive clients and staff members.  Two-thirds of Ability Beyond’s residents are considered high-risk because they have multiple diagnoses, underlying conditions and are of advanced age.

The newly designed virtual fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 25th via a livestream webcast from 6 to 7pm.  It will be headlined by comedian Christine O’Leary. Donations are being accepted from now, through event day. 

By logging onto, the public can purchase a virtual ticket, table or contribute to numerous “Lend a Hand” levels that range from $100 for birthday parties on up to $25,000 for handicap accessible housing upgrades for the 3,000+ individuals with physical, emotional and intellectual disabilities served by the nonprofit organization.

Since suspending all of its day program, employment, clinical, transportation and in-home support services on March 12th, Ability Beyond is losing approximately $90,000 per day with an estimated financial hardship of over $5 million by mid-May, yet it continues to provide care for 450 individuals who are self-quarantined in 120 group homes, trying to provide 3 meals a day for workers, obtain supplies and shop for food, while trying to keep the homes virus-free. 

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