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North Georgia, Georgia College Win Make-A-Wish Awards

HILTON HEAD, SC -- The North Georgia Student Athlete Advisory Committee has been awarded their third consecutive PBC Make-A-Wish award for the most funds raised while Georgia College was recognized with the Most Improved Award for the second consecutive year at the league’s annual meetings in Hilton Head on Tuesday.

North Georgia raised $11,223 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation for the 2012-2013 academic year. This is the third year in a row that the Saints have reached the five-digit mark for their annual giving, and they remain the only PBC school to do so.

Young Harris came in second with $5,282, and Georgia College, who won Most Improved Award for the second year in a row, came in third with $4,237. Flagler contributed $3,287 and Columbus State rounded out the top five with $2,039.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, Georgia College raised $500 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Their efforts for the 2011-2012 year brought in $2,434, where they were one of four PBC schools to more than double their funds raised. This year they almost doubled their Make-A-Wish contributions once again by raising $4,237.

Overall, Peach Belt Conference members raised $33,515, with 10 out of 14 schools giving a thousand or more. The PBC should remain a contender for the national award for conference giving.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Born in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill  his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity I the world, with 66 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 38 minutes and granted nearly 14,000 wishes in 2012 alone.  Make-A-Wish and NCAA Division II entered into a partnership in 2003.