Welcome to Ability Beyond's 2018 Masquerade Gala!


The “Masquerade Gala”, the annual black-tie fundraiser hosted by Ability Beyond, will be held this year on April 28, 2018. All proceeds from the event will be used by the nonprofit to continue providing job training and placement, supported living, and recreational and educational opportunities to clients in Connecticut and New York. 

“For over 65 years Ability Beyond has pioneered ways to help people with disabilities to reach their full potential,” said Jane Davis, President, and CEO of Ability Beyond. “This year’s theme highlights the need to help everyone discover the amazing abilities within themselves.”
The signature gala is the organization’s largest event, attracting more than 600 guests each year. Last year’s event raised $600,000. The elegant evening will feature both silent and live auctions, raffles, dinner with open bar, awards, dancing and live entertainment. The gala will be held at the Amber Room Colonnade in Danbury, Connecticut from 6:30 pm – 11:00 PM.

David and Penney Parkes of Fairfield, CT will serve as event co-chairs. They are longtime supporters of Ability Beyond and the organization provides services to their son, Eric.
Robert Bedoukian, Board Member and long-time supporter of Ability Beyond, will be presented with the Robert S. Young Humanitarian award. In addition to generous financial gifts, Bob lent the expertise and influence of his company, Bedoukian Research Inc., to Ability Beyond’s social enterprise, Roses for Autism. The creation of ‘Ardent Rose,’ a perfume taking cues from the roses grown at the Roses for Autism Farm in Guilford, was made possible by Bob and his team. Every cent of development and production costs was donated by the company so that 100% of the perfume sales benefit the organization.