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Class of 2002 – 10 year Reunion
Front row-Left to Right:
Brian Shelley, Caroline Brownlee, Kristen (Thomas) Zeller, Jennifer Heath, Mary Busowski, Laura Jackson, Manisha Shroff Chikhliker, Sylvia Brook, Addie Hunnicutt, David Perry
Back row-Left to Right: Jonathan Rehberg, Noel Brownlee, Michael Ferlauto, Leslie Frinks, Amy Lucas, Jeff Raynor, Alex Brown, Michael Nienhuis, Alex McDonald, Lee Patterson
Attended but not shown: Chris McLain, David Johnson, Greg Cauthen, Amy Hildreth


History of the Black Tie White Coat 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, the Black Tie White Coat Gala continues to support the mission of the 2002 class, to provide financial assistance to aspiring physicians through the Alumni Scholarship Fund and to the Free Medical Clinic of Columbia.

2002 Composite Photo