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ETI's Annual Dining in the Dark Gala

  • Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel 606 Congress Street Boston, MA, 02210 United States (map)

Join Us October 28th!

ETI’s Dining in the Dark is an interactive dinner where guests dine blindfolded to shed preconceived notions of themselves and others. The purpose is not to offer an accurate portrayal of what it is like to be blind, but rather to place guests into an environment that facilitates reflection and discussion concerning biases. Our hope is that guests take their newfound insights and awareness and apply them in their everyday lives at home, at work, and in their communities.

This year’s Gala is expected to host 150 guests from several Government and Educational Institutions including the Boston Mayor’s office, Massachusetts office on disability and Harvard University among others. In the table below are outlined some of the ways for you to be involved in the event.

We hope that you join us for this amazing experience! Your support will enable us to continue our work of creating inclusive spaces, changing the narrative surrounding disability, and empowering youth with visual impairment to be change makers.


              The Wamda Logo.

              The Wamda Logo.

Benefit Diamond Gold Silver Bronze Regular
Reserved seats at the gala 30 20 10 2 1
Name and Logo on all advertising materials for the event including signage Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Logo featured in ETI’s printed and online materials Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Special Recognition during the Gala’s opening and closing remarks Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Mention in media press release Yes Yes Yes Yes No
ETI Photobook Yes Yes Yes No No
Company logo and description included on website 12 months 6 months No No No
Include a piece of your company's literature in the gift bag that will be distributed to all attendees and guests Yes Yes No No No
Name and logo on all volunteers and staff members name tags during the event Yes No No No No
Designated area at the event for your company or organization in the Exhibit Area Yes No No No No
5 minute slot to talk about the diversity and inclusion practices in your organization Yes No No No No
Your investment ($) 10,000 7,000 5,000 1,500 110

Dining in the Dark 2016 Video

Dining in the Dark 2016 Photos


A guest from last year wrote about her experience HERE.

“It was really fun. It felt like an adventure. I learned a lot and tuned into some other senses. My favorite part of the evening was trying to eat, and trying to share communal food, and use teamwork and collaboration pass it around the table with total strangers. It was delicious, what I got…I’m not sure I got everything!” –Andrea

“This was actually my second time experiencing Dining in the Dark…at each experience I learned more and more about myself and really let my guard down and allowed others to see that part of me. I sat next to a young lady, who I had just met tonight, and right off the bat we just felt very comfortable with one another and that doesn’t usually happen anymore. I feel like the older we get, the harder it is to bond right away with an individual, and I think part of it was because those preconceived conceptions were removed, and we were just seeing each other as the raw individuals that we are.” –Mariam

“It was nice…it was fun because it was an unusual situation so there was a lot of humor going around. The best part of the evening was taking off the blindfolds and seeing the reality and how you could have judged the reality differently.” –Julia

“I enjoyed it very much. It was a wonderful experience, and I look forward to more, because this was my first time. One crazy thing that happened while I was blindfolded was, I thought I was picking up a piece of bread but it was actually my table card, so it was a piece of paper...I was getting ready to eat that but then I realized what it was! The best part of the evening was when Sara spoke. She was wonderful. Very inspiring, and she knows so much.” –Joanne


For any questions or inquiries, please email Sara Minkara at

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