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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 alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends from the medical family.

Save the Date 

Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 7pm | SC State Museum  


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 deserving students through 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.