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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 7pm | SC State Museum 




Help Our Students Reach Their Goal

Our BTWC Gala Planning Committee is made up 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.


Tickets & Tables

Alumni and friends can purchase their tickets through BiddingForGood beginning Friday, Jan. 4. If you've purchased tickets through this site in the past two years, you'll use the account login that you created before. Buy tickets here.

The BTWC Gala is primarily a standing room only event. We have a limited amount of tables available to purchase that include 8 tickets and seats for guests. This is a great option for a department to sit together, or if a group of alumni want to establish a "home base" amongst a sea of almost 800 guests.
Reserve your group's table now.  



We have hand selected three local hotels that are in close proximity to our Friday and Saturday night events. Blocks of rooms have been reserved for our out-of-town guests, but these offers will end at the specified deadline, included below. We encourage our guests to book early to get the best rate! 

Hilton Columbia Center 

Hilton Columbia Center | 924 Senate Street I Columbia, SC 29201
BOOK ONLINE HERE or call (803) 744-7800 and mention the group code "MARW." 

Deadline to book is 2/5/2019. 

Marriott Columbia Downtown 

Marriott Columbia Downtown | 1200 Hampton Street | Columbia, SC 29201

BOOK ONLINE HERE or call (800) 228-9290 and mention the USC-SOM Alumni Reunion Weekend. 

Deadline to book is 2/15/19.

Hyatt Place Columbia Downtown

Hyatt Place Columbia Downtown | 819 Gervais Street | Columbia, SC 29201

BOOK ONLINE HERE or call (888) 492-8847 and mention the group code "G-UMED."

Deadline to book is 2/22/19. 


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. 

Corporate Sponsorships are now available. Secure yours today!

2019 BTWC Sponsorship Opportunities [pdf]


2018 Event Photos

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