The Swingin’ Medallions Return to YHC Big Dance

Friday, February 24, 2012

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The Swingin’ Medallions Return to Young Harris College Big Dance
Concert to benefit Local Scholarship Campaign

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – The Young Harris College Board of Associates will present the second annual Young Harris College Big Dance Saturday, March 10, in the YHC Recreation and Fitness Center to benefit the Young Harris College Local Scholarship Campaign, which provides scholarships for local students. Members of the YHC community are invited to enjoy a fun evening of beach music featuring The Swingin’ Medallions live in concert. Doors open at 6 p.m., and music begins at 7:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by Piedmont Heart Institute, Piedmont Physicians, Piedmont Mountainside Hospital, BB&T, Holiday Inn Express Hiawassee and The Copper Door.

“Last year’s inaugural Big Dance was a huge success and helped raise scholarship support for many of our local students,” said YHC Board of Associates Big Dance Committee Chair Donna Reece. “The YHC Board of Associates wants everyone to come out this year and enjoy the music, fun and fellowship. It’s the perfect way to have a memorable evening out with friends while also helping students receive the financial assistance they need.”

Famous for their signature beach music sound, The Swingin' Medallions have been based out of the Greenwood, S.C., area since the early 1960s. After a few years of touring colleges from the Carolinas to the Louisiana Bayou, John McElrath took the group to Charlotte, N.C., to record “Double Shot (of My Baby's Love),” which has been a party classic for college students for decades. Top 40 hits for the group include “She Drives Me Out Of My Mind” and “Hey, Hey, Baby.”

The members of the Swingin' Medallions have changed during the last 30 years, but the high energy, party-style stage performance of the first Medallions has been passed down to the band that performs today. The popularity of the current Medallions stage show has earned them the unofficial title of “The Party Band of the South.”

Tables for eight are available for $225, and individual tickets are available for $40. To register for the event online, visit or contact the Young Harris College Office of Advancement at (706) 379-5173. Patrons may bring their own food and beverage, or pre-order from a variety of dining packages by The Copper Door.

About the Local Scholarship Campaign
More than 200 students from the counties of Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Towns and Union counties in Georgia and Cherokee and Clay counties in North Carolina are currently enrolled at Young Harris College. Reflecting a commitment by the College and the local community to these students, the Local Scholarship Campaign was established to raise funds to support the educational goals of local students at Young Harris College.

The Young Harris College Board of Associates, a group of local business and civic leaders who serve as ambassadors for the College as well as a sounding board for the community, leads this effort. Each fall the Board of Associates launches the annual Local Scholarship Campaign in an effort to assist in providing aid to the students coming to Young Harris College from these seven communities.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit

The Swingin' Medallions.