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Buckhead newborn awarded $1,529 Path2College contribution as Northside’s first “Tax Day Baby”

One Georgia baby born in 2017 to win $5,529 college savings contribution
Apr 17, 2017
Jennifer Herring, senior vice president of college affordability initiatives for Georgia Student Finance Commission, and Lauren Finley, of Path2College 529 Plan, present Jason and Carmen Spight with a check for $1,529 for their daughter Gillian‘s college fund.

ATLANTA — This morning at 12:14 a.m., Gillian Spight made her debut in the world. Before she was even a day old, Gillian was awarded a $1,529 contribution to her Path2College 529 Plan account to celebrate her as the first baby born on tax day at Northside Hospital in Atlanta.

“Anytime you receive money, it’s a great thing,” said Jason Spight, along with his wife, Carmen, of Buckhead. “When we found out that this was to further the education for Gillian and planning for the future, we were really excited about that. We both went to college and have family with educators, so we know how important education is.”

This is the seventh year that Northside and Path2College have partnered to recognize “Tax Day” babies in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of saving for college and financial planning.

“A new baby should be more rewarding than taxes. That's why we partnered with the Path2College 529 Plan and offered a promotion to heighten the joy of the Spight family by starting a path of knowledge and fulfillment for Gillian,” said Bessie Smith, operations manager of Family Centered Care at Northside Hospital, which delivered 16,000 babies last year, more than any hospital in the country. “Northside is invested in the wellness of our communities and the families who trust our compassionate health care and high-quality expertise from birth through all stages of life. We wish happiness for the Spight family and all our Northside families.”

Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and Navicent Health in Macon also recognize “Tax Day Babies” each year by awarding the first “Tax Day” baby with a college savings contribution.

“When families welcome a new baby, it is often an overwhelming time with new responsibilities and challenges, and college seems like it’s too far away to think about,” said Mitch Seabaugh, executive director of the Path2College 529 Plan. “But, as those of us that have raised children know, the time goes by quickly, and college will be here before they know it. Saving small amounts over time can have a tremendous impact, and that’s why we want to reach out to new parents and encourage them to create a financial plan to help pay for their child’s future education TODAY.”

In addition to recognizing the first “Tax Day” baby, the Path2College 529 Plan also kicked-off the statewide 2017 Newborn Sweepstakes, where Georgia families who have a baby this year can enter for a chance to win a $5,529 contribution toward a child’s or grandchild’s college savings. The Path2College 529 Plan will also award $1,529 to the hospital where the Newborn Sweepstakes winner was born.

“Hopefully when parents and grandparents go online to enter the Newborn Sweepstakes, they will take some time to learn about the state’s Path2College 529 Plan and its tax advantages and take a few minutes to open an account to help with the future cost of their loved one’s education related expenses,” said Seabaugh.

Parents, grandparents and guardians of Georgia babies born in 2017 may go to until April 14, 2018, for official rules, prize details and to enter for a chance to win the 2017 Newborn Sweepstakes. Entrants must be legal residents or taxpayers to Georgia and at least 18 years of age to enter. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by the Path2College 529 Plan.

This is the seventh year Path2College 529 Plan has held its Newborn Sweepstakes. The 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015 winners were born at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, and the 2012 winner was born at Doctors Hospital in Augusta. The 2016 winner will be announced soon.

For more information about the Path2College 529 Plan or to enter the 2016 Newborn Sweepstakes, please visit or call (877) 424-4377.

Consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses before investing in the Path2College 529 Plan. Visit for a Plan Disclosure Booklet containing this and other information. Please read it carefully.

Before investing in a 529 plan, you should consider whether the state you or your beneficiary reside in or have taxable income in has a 529 plan that offers favorable state income tax or other benefits that are only available if you invest in that state’s 529 plan.

Taxpayers should seek advice from an independent tax advisor based on their own particular circumstances. Non-qualified withdrawals may be subject to federal and state taxes and the additional 10% federal tax.

Account value for the investment options is not guaranteed and will fluctuate based upon a number of factors, including general market conditions.

TIAA-CREF Tuition Financing, Inc., Program Manager. TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, member FINRA, distributor and underwriter for the Path2College 529 Plan.


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