O’Neill’s 7th Annual 5K Run @ O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant
May 19 @ 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
O'Neill's 7th Annual 5K Run @ O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant

Ability Beyond is extremely grateful to be the beneficiary of the 2019 O’Neill’s Annual 5K Run in Memory of Annie Curtin.

Annie Curtin passed away almost nine years ago at the tender age of six and a half. To celebrate her life, Annie’s parents Paul and Kat Curtin, along with O’Neill’s Irish Pub, established an annual fundraising event to help children in our community. The O’Neill’s Annual 5K race was created in Annie’s honor.




2019 Ability Beyond Golf Championship & Tennis Tournament @ Ridgewood Country Club
Sep 16 @ 10:30 am – 7:00 pm
2019 Ability Beyond Golf Championship & Tennis Tournament @ Ridgewood Country Club

2019 Ability Beyond Golf Championship &  Tennis Tournament

Monday, September 16th
Ridgewood Country Club

10:30 am – Registration

11:00 pm – Lunch

12:30 pm – Golf Shamble Shot Gun

2:00 pm – Tennis Tournament

5:00 pm – Reception & Silent Auction Viewing

6:30 pm – Dinner & Live Auction

Autumn Breakfast @ The Amber Room Colonnade
Nov 13 @ 7:30 am – 8:30 am
Autumn Breakfast @ The Amber Room Colonnade

Save the Date
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
For Ability Beyond’s Annual Mental Health Breakfast

You are the caring community who brings hope through opportunity and community engagement to the individuals who count on Ability Beyond. Please join us at the Autumn Breakfast to help raise awareness and support for the Mental Health Services at Ability Beyond.

Virtual Yoga for Everyone @ Zoom
Jul 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Virtual Yoga for Everyone @ Zoom

On Wednesday, July 8, 2020 @ 7:00 P.M. our new monthly ‘Caring for the Caregiver’ series kicks off with “Yoga for All”. Jane Davis will provide a quick intro to the series followed by a 45-minute stress-reducing movement class led by Heather Morgado. Morgado is a partner at YogaSpace in Bethel, as well as the Associate Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement at Boehringer Ingelheim in Ridgefield.

This session is intended for the family caregivers, as well as the individuals we serve, Ability Beyond staff and Board. Even those families and individuals not served by Ability Beyond are welcome to participate.

The class is adaptable anyone with mobility constraints, and will incorporate the healing breathing and stress reduction techniques.

Those interested in participating may do so via this Zoom link:
Meeting ID: 947 6622 2353
Password: 594519

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.


Families Rock @ Meckauer Park
Sep 18 @ 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Families Rock @ Meckauer Park

Families Rock

Saturday, September 18 at
Meckauer Park
16 Shelter Rock Road, Bethel CT 06801
3:00 to  6:30 p.m. (rain or shine)

Live music by:

The Willie Portera Trio: Classic rock, featuring Ability Beyond father, Jay Willie

The Surf: Rock, Funk & Disco spanning 50 year, with Rich Mallett

The Tyger Dynasty:  60’s & 70’s Rock & Roll featuring Ability Beyond father, Steve Tracy


Special Family Call – Securing Your Loved One’s Future
Nov 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join us for Ability Beyond’s Special Family Series
“Securing Your Loved One’s Future”, featuring Hon Dianne Yamin

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021 @ 7PM
Meeting ID: 890 7789 5329
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Monthly Family Call – Special Needs Trusts
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Monthly Family Call - Special Needs Trusts

Updates from Ability Beyond president, Jane Davis and other staff regarding your loved ones programs and services. Zoom link will be emailed on the morning of the call.

As part of our ‘Securing your Loved Ones Future’ series, we will welcome Fred Baker to speak on Special Needs Trusts.

Click here to provide your email address, if we don’t already have it.

Check here for a call link, if you did not receive the email.


Special Family Call – Behavioral Strategies
Mar 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Special Family Call - Behavioral Strategies

Please join us Tuesday, March 8 for a special family call, featuring Ability Beyond’s Patrick Queenan, who will discuss
Simple Behavioral Strategies to Keep Peace at Home. 

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Meeting ID: 814 6228 7558
Passcode: 019564