COLUMBIA, S.C. — Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the guest of SC Equality (SCE) for its “An Evening with Hillary” event on Nov. 7, 6 p.m., at the Columbia Marriott, 1200 Hampton St.

This event is being held as an alternative to the gala which had been postponed until the spring of 2016. SCE felt that South Carolina has too many challenges recovering from the recent floods to hold the annual event.

Clinton reached out to SCE and offered to support its efforts in continuing the work for equal rights for every South Carolinian.

The former first lady and secretary of state will address grassroots leaders from across South Carolina, including SCE’s board of directors, staff, volunteer leaders and supporters of the organization.

“While serving in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Clinton had a vigorous and sustained record of support for the LGBT community,” said SCE Board Chair Jeff Ayers. “As secretary of state, she initiated the Global Equality Fund to encourage fair treatment for LGBT people internationally and extended equal benefits and protections for same-sex partners of American diplomats. Now, during her presidential campaign, Secretary Clinton continues to bring LGBT equality to the forefront of America. She’ll fight for full federal equality for LGBT Americans with the Equality Act and stronger anti-discrimination protections for everyone. Her experience and leadership on LGBT-related issues continue to help our community and allies as we strive for an equal America.”

Tickets are $85/regular and $500/VIP and are available online. Dinner is included. VIP ticket holders will receive a private meet and greet and photo session with Clinton. Order VIP tickets early as only 50 will be sold.

Proceeds from the event will benefit SCE.

info: scequality.org.

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