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The Grapevine to Headline Young Harris College's Big Dance

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5310,
Tickets Contact: (706) 379-5173

The Grapevine to Headline Young Harris College's Big Dance
Annual concert to benefit Local Scholarship Campaign

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. –Young Harris College’s Board of Associates will present the fourth annual Big Dance on Saturday, March 15, in the YHC Recreation and Fitness Center to benefit the YHC Local Scholarship Campaign, which provides scholarships for local students. Members of the YHC community are invited to enjoy a fun evening of Motown music featuring The Grapevine 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 Mountainside Hospital, Blue Ridge Mountain EMC, The Copper Door, Fieldstone Resort, Holiday Inn Express Hiawassee, Britt McAfee Law Firm, Mountain Realty, Georgia Mountain Laurel, Union General Hospital, Mountain Graphics and Wal-Mart in Blairsville, Ga.

Patrons may bring their own food and beverage, or pre-order from a variety of dining packages by The Copper Door. All attendees are encouraged to participate in a free table decorating contest, and winners will receive a complimentary table at next year’s Big Dance.
“I strongly believe that the efforts of the Board to raise scholarship dollars through the Big Dance are for a truly worthy cause,” said Big Dance Committee Chair Don Schneider, a civic leader in Hiawassee, Ga. “Everyone knows that this event is for a great purpose. Where else can someone have a good time, get some exercise on the dance floor and contribute to a great cause at the same time?”

The College will welcome a new band to the Big Dance this year. Since 1987, The Grapevine has electrified audiences across Georgia. Based in Macon, the band has a diverse repertoire with styles that include Motown, beach music, pop, soft rock and more. They are previous recipients of the prestigious “Band of the Year” title awarded by the Atlanta Society of Entertainers.

Tables for eight are available for $225, and individual tickets are available for $40. To register for the event, visit, email or call the YHC Office of Advancement at (706) 379-5173.

About the Local Scholarship Campaign
More than 200 students from the counties of Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Rabun, 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 YHC students.

The YHC 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 YHC from these eight 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. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit


Young Harris College’s Board of Associates will present the fourth annual Big Dance Saturday, March 15.


United Community Bank of Blairsville, Ga., won the table decorating contest at the 2013 Big Dance.

Check out The Grapevine performing here