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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 nearly 800 students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends from the School of Medicine family.

Save the Date 

Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7-11pm
South Carolina State Museum 




Help Our Students Reach Their Goal

Our BTWC Gala Planning Committee is made up of dedicated medical and graduate students who share a common goal: to raise $75,000 that will benefit scholarships and The Free Medical Clinic. Support them by donating now.

Sponsorship Opportunities

With nearly 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. Take a look at our sponsorship brochure, and browse the many ways you can support the Gala while promoting your business.  


Attending the BTWC Gala? Here's everything you need to know about the event!

Tickets and Event Information



2019 Student Co-Chairs

Auction Chair

Dani Russell
MD Candidate, Class of 2019 

Event Chair

Jaya Ruffin
MD Candidate, Class of 2019 

Fundraising Chair

Courtney Smith
MD Candidate, Class of 2019 

Marketing & Communications Chair

Ashley McCaskill
MD Candidate, Class of 2019

Tickets & Tables Chair

Elizabeth Ramsey
MD Candidate, Class of 2019

Graduate Program Representative

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 17 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 $800,000 generated to date, the Black Tie White Coat Gala continues to support the mission of providing financial assistance to the Alumni Scholarship Fund and to The Free Medical Clinic. 


2018 Event Photos

Photos from the 2018 event are available on the School of Medicine's SmugMug account.