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A Change in Palate – Fundraising Dinner for KEYS Empowers


Event Conceptualization
Event Design & Branding
Vendor Sourcing
Program Development
Venue Sourcing
Catering Management
Sponsorship Support

In an effort to take a fresh look at philanthropy and social impact, “A Change In Palate” was developed to bring key benefactors and changemakers into the same room to rethink change with KEYS Empowers, a Baltimore-based nonprofit organization that motivates, educates, and transforms opportunity populations through the use of non-traditional, unconventional, and non-linguistic methods of self-discovery.

The goal of the dinner, which was held on Giving Tuesday 2022, was to break the barriers between funders and nonprofits and create a space that enhances equity in philanthropy.

This focus was on how the impact of philanthropy can make a substantial change in mental health and wellness for the most neglected communities.


To create a memorable evening for the dinner’s invite-only guests, we wanted to first focus on the event location to set an exclusive vibe for the night’s activities. The event was set in a high-rise clubhouse overlooking the beautifully lit downtown Baltimore skyline.

Next, we dived into curating the evening beginning with the culinary experience. We tapped into our vast network of partners who are stars in the local food and beverage space to cater the five-course dinner, which kicked off with a networking cocktail hour.

We aimed to display the best of Baltimore on the palate and elevated the experience more by offering a cocktail pairing for each course, along with tea and coffee to accompany dessert.

The dinner table was set family-style, which made it the ideal format for the hosts and guests to converse over the most amazing floral arrangement and meal.

We also worked with KEYS to bring in interactive experiences to allow each guest to engage with the organization and learn more about their programming. These experiences included a live stream of their Culinary Therapy session, which also involved participation from KEYS families from their homes, aromatherapy activity, and a live painting from a local artist who painted a compelling piece in response to his interpretation of the conversation.


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