SC Equality has announced that it will reschedule this event until the spring in lieu of the recent flooding in Columbia. They did so to “help our neighbors recover from the flood,” Interim Executive Director Jeff Ayers shared in an email received by qnotes:

“We encourage our community and allies to devote their time and resources to those who are suffering during this recent disaster.…We are working with our partners and allies in response to the current floods, and at the same time continuing our efforts to ensure equality for all.…We encourage our community and allies to devote their time and resources to those who are suffering during this recent disaster. There are two ways you can help: Donate today to the American Red Cross and designate your gift for disaster relief in South Carolina.…Also, Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbia, an affirming congregation, is collecting items to help those affected.…For those who have reserved tickets or sponsorship, we will be in direct contact immediately. To our longtime supporters and future partners, we look forward to announcing details soon for a rescheduled event in Spring 2016. While we are disappointed to reschedule, the interest in our work — including support from you and new partners — continues to grow and we are excited to celebrate with all of you at our upcoming events.”

At its Oct. 8 meeting, the SC Gay and Lesbian Business Guild collected essential items to be given to those in need.

qnotes will provide the new date and time of the dinner and gala as it is made available.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — SC Equality will hold its “The American Dream: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness” Equality Awards Dinner and Gala on Nov. 7, 6 p.m., at the Marriott Downtown, 1200 Hampton St.

The event will be a night of celebration surrounding one of the biggest years yet in the fight for equality — from the General Assembly in Columbia, S.C., to the U.S. Supreme Court and back to communities all across the Palmetto State. Guests include statewide and local elected officials, major donors, community advocates, and supporters of South Carolina equality.

Tickets are $115/individual, $175/individual plus VIP reception and $1,125/reserved tables of 10. Pre-paid guests who contribute $1,200 or more (donors/sponsor guests) are admitted free. Verification is required via email to prepaid@scequalitygala.org.

info: scequality.org. scequalitygala.org.

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Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.