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Columbia mayor honored at inaugural Pink Party
Mayor Robert D. Coble awarded $5,000 at the first annual Pink Party in Columbia, S.C., to honor his support of the LGBT community

by Micheal Haigler and Christopher Ray

Some of the members of the host committee presenting the check to Mayor Coble at City Hall. (left to right: Harriet Hancock, Christopher Ray, Mayor Bob Coble, Michael Haigler and Brian Maynor)
COLUMBIA — Mayor Bob Coble was honored at a recent cocktail party and fundraiser hosted by members of Columbia’s LGBT community. Local community leaders planned the Pink Party, which they hope to see become an annual event, as an opportunity to thank and financially support those public officials who support the LGBT community. Over 100 people attended the inaugural event raising over $5,000 for Mayor Bob.

One of the city’s longest serving and most popular mayors, Mayor Bob has been in office since 1990 and was recently elected to his fifth term. Under his leadership, Columbia was the first city in the state of South Carolina to include sexual orientation in the city’s non-discrimination policy for municipal employment. More recently, when the mayor of Charlotte refused to offer a welcome at the annual Human Rights Campaign Dinner in Charlotte, Mayor Bob officially welcomed and greeted the 1,500 guests. He also welcomed participants to the 2006 SC Pride Festival, as well as speaking at other LGBT events.

Mayor Bob indicated that the Pink Party was the largest, most successful and most enjoyable political party he had ever attended. He suggested that the next Pink Party be a reception for both city and county officials, so they can see and appreciate the strength and diversity of Columbia’s LGBT community.

To be included on the guestlist for the next Pink Party, send an email to Rhmajeski@yahoo.com.

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