Ability Beyond had to change their annual fundraising gala to a virtual event this year. On Saturday, the non-profit serving more than 3,000 individuals with disabilities across the Northeast held their “No Go Gala” and raised $465,000. The event featured a live Giving Hour webcast with comedian Christine O’Leary, who encouraged online viewers to donate by displaying a huge thermometer that tracked the event’s success in real time.
Gala proceeds will directly help the organization’s COVID-19 relief efforts, ensuring that it can continue to safely provide care and support for its clients and families.
CEO Jane Davis says Ability beyond has lost over 40-thousand dollars a day because among other things, to provide the 900 staff on the frontlines with personal protective equipment as they provide 24-hour care for over 450 full-time clients in group homes. They've also launched new digital services to 2,000 homebound clients.