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Young Harris College Big Dance to Make Big Impact

January 2015

Young Harris College will present the fifth annual Big Dance featuring The Grapevine live in concert on Saturday, Feb. 14, in the YHC Recreation and Fitness Center. This special Valentine’s Day event combines live music and fun fellowship for a great cause benefitting YHC’s Local Scholarship Campaign. 

Guests will dance the night away while raising scholarship funds for more than 300 local students from Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Rabun, Towns, and Union counties in Georgia as well as Cherokee and Clay counties in North Carolina. 

“The Local Scholarship Campaign has made it possible for me to spend four years at a place I truly enjoy and love,” said Jade Smith, a senior mathematics major with education certification from Clayton. “I am so blessed and thankful to have people believe in me and help me financially to obtain my goal of teaching in underserved communities.”

YHC is committed to providing scholarships for local students. For the 2014-2015 academic year, more than $3.6 million was awarded to students from nearby counties. During last year’s Big Dance, more than 400 guests helped raise over $12,000 in scholarship funds. 

“The Big Dance is an integral part of the Local Scholarship Campaign,” said YHC alumna Margaret “Peggy” Pleasants Thrasher, Ph.D., ’59, of Tiger. “This event is an exciting way for alumni to return to the YHC campus for an evening of good music, dancing, and renewing friendships amid an atmosphere of fun and fellowship.” 

The Grapevine will once again provide entertainment for the evening. Since 1987, this award-winning band has electrified audiences across Georgia with their diverse repertoire of 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.

“Folks from the local community also come out to have a relaxed, entertaining evening in the midst of the dreary winter months,” explained Dr. Thrasher, who often invites her nieces and nephews to join her at the event for a “hi-ho good time.”

Patrons may bring their own food and beverage, or pre-order from a variety of dining packages. A free Valentine’s Day-themed table decorating contest will take place, and winners will receive a table at next year’s Big Dance.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and music begins at 7:30 p.m. Tables for eight are available for $225, and individual tickets are available for $40. To register for the event, visit, email or call (706) 379-5173.