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Black Tie White Coat Gala

The Black Tie White Coat Gala is a longstanding, highly respected fundraising initiative to foster education for aspiring medical professionals, while also helping to support prevalent healthcare needs of community members from across the state. This signature black tie event has grown not only in stature each year, but also in attendance, attracting over 800 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends from the School of Medicine family.

2019 BTWC Gala 

This year's Gala took place on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the South Carolina State Museum. Thank you to everyone who attended and financially supported this event; we hope you had a wonderful time!


Record Breaking Year

Our office is thrilled to announce that we broke, not one record, but TWO in 2019! Over 800 guests were in attendance, making this year the most attended Gala in 18 years. With support from our sponsors, donors, event attendees, and auction participants, we raised $65,696 to benefit the Alumni Scholarship Fund and The Free Medical Clinic, hitting an all-time fundraising high. We can't thank our UofSC School of Medicine Columbia family enough! 

Sponsorship Opportunities

With over 800 guests in attendance, the Gala is a great opportunity for business exposure before, during, and after the event. There are various sponsorship packages available at all levels of financial commitments, recognition, and benefits.


2019 Student Co-Chairs

We are proud of our student co-chairs and what they accomplished over the last several months. This group of dedicated ladies went over and beyond the call of duty, and we couldn't have put on a successful event without them. 

Dani Russell
MD Candidate, Class of 2019 

Jaya Ruffin
MD Candidate, Class of 2019 

Courtney Smith
MD Candidate, Class of 2019 

Ashley McCaskill
MD Candidate, Class of 2019

Elizabeth Ramsey
MD Candidate, Class of 2019

Mary Melissa Roland
PhD Student, Biomedical Sciences



In 2002, the character of the School of Medicine student body was revealed when fourth-year medical students felt compelled to make an impact on the institution that afforded them the opportunity to become physicians by supporting student scholarships. More significantly, they identified a need for providing high quality healthcare to our Midlands’ citizens. Their compassion evolved into the inaugural Black Tie White Coat Gala, and a tradition was born.

For the past 18 years, the student body has teamed up with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations to jointly organize the school’s signature fundraiser. With almost $870,000 generated to date, the Black Tie White Coat Gala  supported the mission of providing financial assistance to the Alumni Scholarship Fund and to The Free Medical Clinic.


2019 Event Photos

Photos from the 2019 event are available on the School of Medicine's SmugMug account. 

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