2017 Gala @ The Amber Room
Apr 29 @ 6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
2017 Gala @ The Amber Room  | Danbury | Connecticut | United States


Gala 2018 @ The Amber Room Colonnade
Apr 28 @ 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm
2019 Gala @ The Amber Room Colonnade
Apr 27 @ 6:30 pm – 11:30 pm

The 2020 and Beyond No Go VIRTUAL Gala @ VIRTUAL GALA ONLINE
Apr 1 @ 12:00 am – Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm

In response to the COVID-19 current state of emergency, Ability Beyond is reinventing our signature Gala event from an actual gathering at Amber Room this year to a virtual event.
Support our gala now through April 25th by purchasing a “Virtual” Ticket, Table or donate to our Lend-A-Hand.
Southwest Cafe Margarita VIRTUAL 5K @ Southwest Cafe
Jul 31 – Aug 2 all-day
Southwest Cafe Margarita VIRTUAL 5K @ Southwest Cafe

This year, the Southwest Cafe Margarita 5k goes VIRTUAL!

Barbara Nevins and Southwest Cafe present the 14th annual Southwest Cafe Margarita 5k to benefit Ability Beyond. For 2020, the race will be held virutally due to safety issues with gathering in large crowds. Will you still get a margarita? READ ON!…

The Southwest Cafe Margarita 5K continues to support Ability Beyond, an organization dedicated to empowering every person, no matter their ability, to live, work and thrive as members of their community. The non-profit currently runs two residential programs in Ridgefield; Sunrise Cottage and Ritch Drive. Click on the “donation” button to find out more about Ability Beyond.

What is a Virtual Race?

In a virtual race, YOU get to decide when and where you get to run, during a specific window of time. For this race, you can run your 5k anytime between July 31 at 12:00 AM – August 2 at 11:59 PM. You can run anywhere that’s safe, including a treadmill.
(By the way, we greatly discourage running the in-person course as there will be no traffic control or police to guide traffic.)

You’ll receive all the usual swag: A tech T-shirt* and a race bib. Your race bib then becomes your coupon for your margarita!**
*You’ll receive a $5 discount if you decline a race shirt.

**Your race bib will be good for one free margarita with the purchase of a dinner (take-out ONLY) at Southwest Cafe, expires 10/31/20. Separate, ‘non-coupon’ bibs will be available for underage runners. One coupon per person per visit and bib must be presented. Coupon is good one time only.

Additional information will be in the RACE GUIDE, emailed to you upon registration and found here.

You will be asked to upload your 5k time to our results page after your run.

This will be the honor system, so we are not offering OA or AG prizes this year. However, all runners that upload their times will be entered into raffles for gift cards to Southwest Cafe and Ridgefield Running Company! (Raffles drawn and winners notified on Monday, August 3rd.)

If you registered and you didn’t see an email confirmation, check your spam folders first for “runsignup” or “margarita.” Then, if you still need to confirm, click on the pull-down menu in the upper right corner and select “my races.” Login to your runsignup account, and you’ll see the race(s) that you are signed up for.

2021 Gala and Beyond @ Amber Room and/or Your Home
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
2021 Gala and Beyond @ Amber Room and/or Your Home

Gala and Beyond – Party with a Purpose


The last day to purchase dinners and party boxes is Monday, April 19th.  But you can still register to join us virtually at no cost up until showtime.

Please register to join us virtually on Saturday, April 24, 2021 and Party with a Purpose at our Gala and Beyond.  Be one of the hundreds of guests who will be partying from home. There is no cost to participate.

Just register for free using this link, and you’ll have access to our broadcast and the silent auction, as well as the ability to make a donation.

Each device (computer, phone, laptop, tablet) will need to register. Pre-show LIVE from the Amber Room, featuring Christine O’Leary, begins at 7:00 PM.  The program will be 7:30 – 8:30 PM.

** Now more than ever we need your Support! **

Your support provides critical funds for the 3,000+ people we serve.



Please join us on Saturday, April 24, 2021 and Party with a Purpose at our Gala and Beyond.  Be part of our limited, socially-distanced in-person seating at The Amber Room in Danbury, and or join hundreds more guests who will be partying from home, with a specially-boxed dinner to go, and live steaming event.

** Now more than ever we need your Support! **

Your support provides critical funds for the 3,000+ people we serve.

What would they do without a loving, supportive Ability Beyond home or our employment, day and clinical programs and support services?

YOUR generosity to Ability Beyond is THEIR future.

Here are examples of how your donation can help:

$2,500 ……. Support and recovery services for those struggling with addiction and mental health disorders.

$1,000…….. Transportation to work and volunteer activities for people with developmental disabilities.

$500……….. Access to assistive technology for people with cerebral palsy.

$250 ……….. Music therapy classes for youth adults with autism.

$100………… A birthday celebration for a resident.

Sponsorship Opportunities are also available. Please contact  Tracy Conte for more information.


2022 Gala & Beyond @ Amber Room Colonnade
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
2022 Gala & Beyond @ Amber Room Colonnade

Please Join Us
Saturday, April 23, 2022

Join us and celebrate at our 2022 Gala & Beyond event in-person at the Amber Room Colonnade and virtually online. We are thrilled to honor Jack and Paula Walsh, with the Robert S. Young Humanitarian Award.

Enjoy an evening of cocktails, delicious food, special program, Lend-A-Hand, live band and dancing.

We’re in the business of going beyond expectations—and to get there, we must go together. Your support helps make our work possible.

Tickets now available.  Donations also welcome.


Sponsorship Packages available.

Click here to view our 2022 Sponsorship Brochure
Please email Tracy Conte for additional information.