Ability Beyond Gala A Success
Ability Beyond held their annual fundraising gala, on Saturday April 30, 2016 at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury, Connecticut, raising over $600,000 with donations still coming in.
Over 420 guests were awed by this year’s Night of 10,000 Cranes themed fundraiser. As guests entered the auction tent they were transported to Japan complete with vibrantly colored parasols, authentic Japanese music and fresh rolled sushi. As the evening progressed, guests filed in to the elaborate ballroom. What awaited them was nearly 10,000 pink and white origami cranes carefully folded by community volunteers and representing good wishes for the future for the men and women supported by Ability Beyond.
Guests joined together to raise much needed funds through Silent and Live Auctions and a raffle – to which scores of area businesses and individuals donated items and services – and a special auction titled “Lend-a-Hand,” in which guests simply raise their paddles to give outright gifts to support the mission of Ability Beyond.
Longtime supporters and community business partners, David & Darren Beylouni were honored with the Robert S. Young Humanitarian award for their unparalleled commitment to the community and to Ability Beyond. During the presentation, the honorees announced a gift of $50,000 from their family and Subaru of America. Harvey & Suzanne Kramer, the co-chairs of the event, have also been heavily involved with the organization for the past 20 years and Harvey is currently a member of the Board of Directors.
“This year’s gala was extremely successful, raising money for the critical supports we provide in the community,” said Kim Bragoli, Former Director of Development and Communications at Ability Beyond. “I would like to thank all of our donors, co-chairs, and our honorees Darren and David, for helping to make our Night of 10,000 Cranes Gala so successful and an evening to remember.”
Diamond Sponsors for the event featured renowned companies including: Colonial Automobile Group, Maplewood Senior Living, and PepsiCo.
For over 60 years, Ability Beyond has been helping people with disabilities succeed in the community. Through innovative community job training and placement, supported living, and recreational and educational opportunities, Ability Beyond is committed to helping people live full and rewarding lives. As government funding continues to decrease, the organization relies heavily on philanthropic support from the community to provide services to over 3,000 people living throughout NY and CT.