No more community celebration ticket for general public available at SC State debate office

Monday, April 23, 2007

Orangeburg, SC – The South Carolina Democratic Party and SC State University announced today that thanks to an incredibly strong response from the community of Orangeburg, all the general admission tickets for the April 26 Debate Community Celebration and Viewing Party allocated to the Debate Office were distributed by 1 p.m., Monday afternoon. Student tickets for the Celebration are still available from the Debate Office but they are going fast.
A limited amount of general admission tickets for the Community Celebration Viewing and After Party, sponsored by the County of Orangeburg and the Orangeburg County Economic Development Commission, are still available from the County at The Davis Law Firm 149 Centre Street Orangeburg, South Carolina.  Please contact the County or Betty Henderson from the Orangeburg County Democrats at 1-803-531-3888 for more information.
Again, no more general admission tickets for the Community Celebration held at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center are available at SC State Campus, S-H-M Memorial Center or in the official Debate Office in Earle Hall. 

“We are overwhelmed and excited about the tremendous response we have received from the community around the debate,” said Valerie Dinkins, Vice President for Institutional Advancement for SC State University.  “Members of the public lined up early today to get tickets for Community Viewing Celebration and we ran out quickly.  Tickets are still available for students seeking to attend the event on Thursday night but they are going fast.  Student tickets are still available for all current college students possessing a valid student ID but they are going fast.  Only one ticket per photo ID will be distributed.“

“This strong community support shows that South Carolina voters are excited that the Path to the Presidency leads right through our state and right through Orangeburg this week,” said State Democratic Chair Joe Erwin.“  Voters are looking forward to getting to meet our strong group of Democratic candidates this week and hearing their positions on the issues that we care about so much here in South Carolina – a quality education, healthcare, national security and economic security for our families.”

More information and questions about STUDENT TICKET distribution can be obtained by calling the Debate Office at 1-803-536-7220 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. 


The County of Orangeburg and the Orangeburg Economic Development Commission will host a special community viewing celebration for more than 3,000 people in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center the night of the debate from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.  S-H-M Memorial Center is located on Buckley Street on the SC State campus.

The viewing party/after party will feature food and entertainment, as well as the debate live on big screens, and will be open to students and community members.  Candidates will stop by after the debate and visit.  Tickets are free but will be required for admittance.

Parking for Community Celebration attendees will be around S-H-M Memorial Center.  Doors to S-H-M Memorial Center open at 5:30 p.m.  Tickets are required for admittance and there will be security at the door.  No weapons, large bags, or signs on sticks will be permitted.  All bags and items brought into S-H-M will be subject to search.  Student tickets are available for all current college students possessing a valid student ID.  Only one ticket per photo ID will be distributed.

Immediately following the debate, the Democratic candidates will visit the Community Celebration and speak to the crowd.  There will be food and entertainment.

For additional information, contact Patrick Norton, S.C. Democratic Party, at 803-799-7798, or Erica Priouleau, SC State University, at 803-533-3617.