Frequently Asked Questions

When is the deadline for purchasing tickets?
You must purchase tickets by Friday, October 13. Credit card payment is required for all table and individual ticket purchases. Reservations are made upon receipt of payment. If you would like to purchase tickets or tables by check, please contact the awards dinner team at

How do I know if I qualify for the ELI Member rate?
If you are unsure whether or not you qualify for the ELI Member rate, please contact to confirm your membership status prior to purchase.

How do I ensure my party is seated together?
Individuals may purchase up to four tickets (to be seated together unless requested otherwise). If you are purchasing more than one ticket OR if the attendee is not the cardholder, please make sure that the names and affiliations of all attendees are noted during checkout so that the appropriate people are registered for the event. Your guests will not be allowed into the event unless they have been pre-registered. All guest names must be received by October 13, 2023.

I would like to purchase a table. Who do I contact for an invoice?
Invoices for table purchases are available upon request. Contact Kathy Wei to arrange for an invoice and/or payment by credit card.

How will I receive my ticket to the event?
Your preprinted nametag is your ticket into the event and must be picked up at the event registration desk.

I would like to stay in Washington, DC before or after the event. Does ELI have a discounted room block?
Yes! You are most welcome to book your room at the Omni Shoreham Hotel through this link.

What steps are ELI taking to prioritize safety amidst the ongoing effects of COVID-19?
ELI requests that all guests are fully vaccinated (as stipulated by the CDC at the time of the event) or have a recent negative test for COVID-19 prior to attending the Award Dinner and other in-person events. ELI also reserves the right to cancel the in-person event at any time based on CDC guidelines and DC Health guidelines and mandates. We thank you for your patience with us as we navigate the new normal for events.

What platform will the awards ceremony be on?
The ceremony video will be posted a few days after the Dinner on the ELI Award Dinner page for those who weren't able to attend or want to relive the evening.

When will the Award Ceremony take place?

Registration opens at 5:00 p.m.

The reception opens at 5:30 p.m.

Dinner opens at 7:00 p.m.

Award Ceremony starts at 7:30 p.m.


ELI is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt, charitable organization listed in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Amounts paid in excess of $250 per person to attend the Award Dinner may be considered a charitable contribution to the Institute and are deductible for federal income tax purposes to the maximum extent permitted by law.

All cancellations received by ELI by Friday, October 13, 2023, will be refunded (less a $35 cancellation fee/ticket). After that date, no refunds will be issued. However, the full ticket price may be considered a tax-deductible, charitable contribution to ELI.

Tickets and tables must be purchased with payment received no later than Friday, October 13, 2023.