Join Us October 28th!
ETI’s Dining in the Dark is an impactful and unforgettable experience that utilizes blindness as a tool to encourage and enable participants to shed their preconceived notions, challenging assumptions and changing attitudes about not only blindness and disability, but also superficial physical characteristics that all too often divide us. Formatted as a room-wide facilitated discussion surrounding issues of diversity and inclusion, the purpose is not to offer an accurate portrayal of what it is like to be blind, but rather to place our guests into an environment that facilitates reflection and discussion concerning biases and creates opportunities for learning and personal growth. Our hope is that guests take newfound insights and awareness and apply them in their everyday lives at home, on the job and in their communities so that together we can realize the potential of all people in societies all throughout the world.
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.
|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 ETIs printed and online materials||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Special Recognition during the Galas opening and closing remarks||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Mention in media press release||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||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 Linzy Rodrigues at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at (413) 687-0244