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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. — On Friday, April 26, Young Harris College hosted The Big Dance to raise scholarship funds for more than 200 students from eight surrounding counties: Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Rabun, Towns and Union counties in Georgia, and Cherokee and Clay counties in North Carolina. Approximately 240 community members attended the event, which raised more than $10,000 for the Local Scholarship Campaign.

“We know the impact that scholarship dollars have on our local students,” said David and Sherry Bubeck of Blairsville, Georgia, who helped sponsor and plan The Big Dance. “Community participation gives a strong signal that our counties support local students and value their education at YHC. Plus, participants had the opportunity to mix and mingle with friends, listen and dance to a phenomenal band, and enjoy a fun, rewarding and memorable evening.”

In addition to the live band, participants enjoyed a table-decorating contest. Employees from The Hair Company & Salon of Hiawassee, Georgia won the contest with their 80s-themed décor. The group will receive a free table at the next Big Dance.

“We were thrilled to bring back The Big Dance and greatly appreciate all the community members who got behind this event,” said YHC’s Director of Annual Giving Mackenzie Harkins. “A special thank you goes out to our sponsors, including the Bubecks, Mountainside Parcel and Post, Anderson Financial Services, and Impact Wealth Builder. We couldn’t have done this event without them.”

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 three academic divisions: Arts and Humanities, Professional Studies, and Mathematics, Science and Technology, with more than 1,400 students enrolled in its residential and Early College programs. The historic campus in Young Harris, Georgia has completed major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, residence facilities and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. 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