Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath among celebs making history at ROM



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    Contact: Michelle McClure, Executive Director


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    Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath among celebs making history at ROM 

    Toronto, ON- November 5, 2015- Finding unique, cost effective ways to raise money for charity can be extremely challenging. Michelle McClure, Executive Director of AbilityOnline, a charity that helps people living with disability and chronic illness develop social connections decided it might be fun to have a chef challenge in a family friendly place. The problem was, only one chef they approached was willing to volunteer for the event. Everyone else wanted to be paid upwards of $14,000, not including the cost of food and supplies.

    “It was time to come up with a new idea. We usually hold a gala every year, but corporations are becoming progressively less interested in participating in costly events. We decided a family event that our members could also participate in would be best.  One of the most fun and accessible places to take your kids in Toronto is the Royal Ontario Museum, so we chose that as the venue,” says Michelle McClure. The event plans morphed into a fun filled evening at the dinosaur exhibit giving participants the opportunity to taste food, buy dinosaur eggs with amazing prizes and schmooze with celebrity guests like Colin Mochrie and Deb McGrath.

    As luck would have it, a board member met Colin Mochrie and his wife at an event and the couple very generously offered their time to attend the Making History event as celebrity guests. Both Mochrie and McGrath agreed to provide attendees with the opportunity to secure autographs and schmooze. Other celebrity guests donating their time at the Making History event include Chef Keith Hoare, winner of Chopped Canada, season two, and former Paralympian, Paul Rosen. The event is taking place at the ROM on November 11th from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Tickets cost $50 for adults and $25 for children.  To purchase, please visit .




    AbilityOnline has been helping children living with disability and chronic illness form social connections over the internet since 1990. Their web based community is monitored and safe.  AbilityOnline has been incident free for 25 years. Visit for more information.