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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — On Saturday, March 5, Young Harris College hosted The Big Dance to support the Bob & Carol Head Local Scholarship Campaign in raising scholarship funds for over 150 students from seven surrounding counties: Fannin, Gilmer, Rabun, Towns, and Union in Georgia, and Cherokee and Clay in North Carolina. Over 160 community members attended the event, which raised more than $10,000 for the Local Scholarship Campaign. This year’s theme was “Through the Decades,” and guests enjoyed traveling back in time with music, decorations, and fun attire.

“The Big Dance was a great way to support our local students and provide more scholarship dollars,” said President of the Mountain Networking Referral Group Mayra Owen, whose group purchased several tables at the event. “The importance of education, especially here at YHC, is valuable not only to the students, but ultimately our community. It was such a fun, fabulous evening with friends, dancing to the best songs of the decades and supporting a great cause.”

In addition to dancing and singing along to decade-themed music played by DJ Mike Jones, guests competed in a costume contest. Mayra and John Owen won the “Originality” division of the contest, while Beth and David Hand won the “Head-to-Toe Coordinated” division. The winners gained access to the evening’s special VIP Room with catered refreshments. Later in the night was the decade-themed table-decorating contest. Jill Long and her team’s “Oldies but Goodies” table took the win, and the group will receive a free table at next year’s Big Dance.

“Since we were not able to have this annual fundraiser last year, we were excited to be able to offer it this year,” said Director of Development & Leadership Giving Lauren Hernandez. “It was so great seeing so many of our community members really get into the decades theme, dress up, and dance the night away. We are already planning for next year’s Big Dance!”

We would like to thank each of our sponsors for their help with The Big Dance: Harrah’s Casino, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, Century 21 Black Bear Realty, Chick-fil-A, Moog Inc., Mountain Graphics, and United Community Bank.

About Young Harris College

Young Harris College is a private baccalaureate and master’s degree-granting institution 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 an education that purposefully integrates the liberal arts and professional studies. The College has four academic divisions: Fine Arts; Humanities; Mathematics, Science, and Technology; and Professional Studies. Approximately 1,400 students are enrolled in its residential and Early College programs. The College is an active member of the NCAA Division II and remains a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. For more information, visit