Evening in the Maritimes – Where Good Food Meets a Good Time for a GREAT Cause!

This unique event is a sell-out every year bringing together hundreds of high-profile guests from many sectors, including the most prominent business and community leaders, government, , media, and prestigious social figures in Ottawa/Gatineau.

Over the last 28 years, Evening in the Maritimes guests and sponsors have helped to raise funds to support people with disabilities in Ottawa. Support from event attendees, donor and sponsors empower people with disabilities to build lives of meaning and joy.

We look forward to SEAing you next May at the Westin Hotel Ottawa!


A whopping $375,000 was raised for ABLE2: Support for People with Disabilities at the 28th edition of Evening in the Maritimes on May 1st. Thank you for buying a ticket or table, purchasing a raffle ticket, and bidding on the auction items. Every little bit of money raised will help people with disabilities and their families in our community this year.

Reviews of the 2024 Event

Ottawa Business Journal – Caroline Phillips had a whale of a good time at EiTM24. Read all about it here.

Ottawa Citizen Social Scene – Ashley Fraser’s overview of the event includes some amazing photos and an excellent summary of the evening. Read it here.

EiTM24 At A Glance

Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2024

VIP Cocktail Reception (by invitation only): 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Cocktail Reception, Silent Auction, & Entertainment: 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Dinner, Live Auction & Presentation: 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm

Location: 4th floor, Westin Ottawa Hotel, 11 Colonel By Drive (Ottawa)

Tickets: Tickets are on sale between January 11/24 and April 16/24 at 5 pm ET (or until sold out). Click here for ticketing info.

Accessibility: This event is inclusive and accessible for all guests. More
info here

Menu: View menu information here

Dress Code: Coastal Chic

Questions: Contact events@able2.org

Our 2024 EiTM Honourary Chair

We are thrilled to announce this year’s Honourary Chair is Michael Lifshitz. Known in Ottawa and across Canada as an advocate for the disability community, a savvy businessman, an insightful motivational speaker and pretty funny when he does his stand-up comedy gigs.

Michael was born with a condition called Multiple Congenital Musculoskeletal Abnormalities. While he wears an artificial leg, aging has resulted in Michael walking minimally with the assistance of a walker or cane and using an electric wheelchair most of the time. Contrary to what many would have believed possible, he became a chartered public accountant and also obtained an MBA from Edinburgh Business School. He has built and sold successful accounting and financial planning practices.

Today, in addition to continuing a successful career in finance and accounting as CFO and co-founder of Breakaway Experiences, a gift experience company, he uses speaking, comedy and writing to not only educate people as to what people with disabilities can do, but to also inspire them to overcome their own challenges and live their life to the fullest of their abilities. Michael has performed comedy throughout Canada, including Iqaluit for the 2022 Canada North Arctic Comedy Festival. He will be releasing his first comedy album, Speech From The Throne – A Look at Living With a Disability in Canada in the coming months. Check out his website Illumabilities.

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