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Black Tie White Coat Gala

The Black Tie White Coat Gala was founded in 2002 by fourth-year medical students who wanted to make a lasting contribution to the School of Medicine and the Greater Columbia community. 

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You Are Cordially Invited 

The Class of 2018 and the Alumni Association request the honor of your attendance at this year’s Gala.

The Black Tie White Coat Gala is a longstanding, highly respected fundraising initiative to foster medical education for aspiring doctors and medical professionals, while also helping to support prevalent health care needs within the Columbia community.



In 2002, the compassion of the School of Medicine student body was showcased when fourth year medical students identified a need for providing health care to our Midlands’ citizens. They also recognized the inflating cost of medical education and wanted to ensure students following in their footsteps had the necessary financial support to pursue the dream of becoming a physician. On a mission to help, the inaugural Black Tie White Coat Gala emerged and a tradition was born.

For the past 16 years, fourth year medical students have teamed up with the Alumni Association to jointly organize the School’s signature fundraiser. With more than $750,000 generated to date, the Black Tie White Coat Gala continues to support the mission of the 2002 class of providing financial assistance to the Free Medical Clinic of Columbia and aspiring physicians through the Alumni Scholarship Fund.


2018 Event Photos

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