Ability and Beyond Dinner

Aron Ralston

MODC's 2016 Ability & Beyond Dinner 2016

​17th Annual March of Dimes Canada's

Ability & Beyond Dinner

On July 15th, we held our 17th Annual Ability and Beyond Dinner. Presented by Bell, the evening included live and silent auctions, and an inspiring presentation by Aron Ralston.

Ralston's remarkable story was told in the 2010 film 127 Hours, which chronicles the five days he spent trapped in a canyon, and the dramatic steps he took to free himself. Dinner guests got to hear the tale first-hand, and see some of the pictures Ralston took while he was trapped. His message was one of hope, of potential, and of overcoming adversity.

The evening was once again hosted by the engaging Carolyn MacKenzie, of Global's The Morning Show, while Joy 1250's Drew Marshall served as auctioneer. All the money raised went to support our Conductive Education program, which helps children and adults with neurological motor disorder to be more independent.

Thank you to all our sponsors, donors, volunteers, and staff who helped make this year's Ability and Beyond Dinner such a success. Special thanks to Aron Ralston for sharing your story with us, and to Carolyn MacKenzie for hosting once again. It was a wonderful event, and we hope to see you all in 2017!

Photos from the 2016 Ability & Beyond Dinner

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For more information about the 17th Annual Ability & Beyond Dinner visit: 

All proceeds benefitted March of Dimes Canada's 
Conductive Education® program

The 2016 ABILITY & BEYOND® Dinner was our seventeenth since inaugurating the event in 1999 as the Paul Martin Sr. Society Dinner. Mr. Martin was the Minister of Health and Welfare who introduced the polio vaccine in the mid 50’s in Canada. Over the last seventeen years, the Ability & Beyond® Dinner has raised close to $3,000,000 benefiting our research fellowship and our many programs and services for people with disabilities. This event has an illustrious history, having hosted very special guests and speakers including Captain Mark Kelly - Astronaut, Amy Grant - American Music Icon, Alan Thicke - actor, Debbie Reynolds - Legendary Hollywood Star, Bob Woodruff - ABC News Anchor, David Plouffe - President Obama’s campaign manager, H.R.H. The Princess Royal (Princess Anne), the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, Senator Elizabeth Dole, former Ontario Premiers Hon. Mike Harris, Hon. Ernie Eves, Hon. David Peterson, disability advocate Kyle Maynard, Hollywood actor Leslie Neilsen and musician Liona Boyd.   

Thank you to our 2016 Sponsors:




BMO Nesbitt Burns Bill Brown Wealth Advisor


Toronto Sun 


Shoppers Home Health Care


Global News


Joy 1250



Evergreen Memories 

Fairmont Royal York
Noble Estates Wine & Spirits


Braund Printers


Big Green Egg

For more information contact:
Linda Yielding
Manager, Special Events
416-425-3463 ext.7290

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