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Haslem Family Welcomes New Baby, Gets Surprise College Savings Contribution as Navicent Healths First Tax Day Baby

Family of first tax day baby poses with Path2College donation check

When Rachel Haslem of Macon, Ga. welcomed her new baby girl Madison Haslem this morning at 5:39 a.m., she had no idea that in addition to the 7 pound, 4 ounce bundle of joy, she would also be surprised with a contribution to Madison's college savings. Madison was the first baby born at The Medical Center, Navicent Health on April 17"”Tax Day"”and as a result, she was recognized with a $1,529 contribution to her Path2College 529 Plan.

"I was very surprised, very overtaken with joy. I wanted to make sure I heard right. My goal is to make sure she finishes college. My hope is that she finds something that she loves, and she can go to whatever college her little heart desires," said mother Rachel Haslem.

This is the third year that Atrium Health Navicent 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.

"It is such a pleasure to welcome little Madison to the world by investing in her education. I personally believe that education is vital to an individual's success. As an organization, Atrium Health Navicent participates in numerous initiatives to promotes the education and continued learning of our employees as well as those within the communities we serve. We are pleased to partner with Path2College to navigate Madison towards a path to success," said Missi Upshaw, Director of Women's Services, Atrium Health Navicent.

Additionally, Path2College kicked off its eighth annual Newborn Sweepstakes, which will award one baby born in Georgia this year a $5,529 contribution toward a child's college savings. The Path2College 529 Plan will also award $1,529 to the hospital where the Newborn Sweepstakes winner was born.

"New families have a lot of things to think about, and college seems like a distant concern. While it's never too late to start saving, the earlier you start the better," said Caylee Noggle, Interim President of the Georgia Student Finance Commission, which partners with the Office of the State Treasurer to administer the Path2College 529 Plan for the state of Georgia. "Saving regularly over time will have the most impact, so reaching families with newborns and letting them know about the state's Path2College 529 Plan is an important way to help ensure that more Georgia children establish a financial foundation to help them continue their education."

Parents, grandparents and guardians of Georgia babies born in 2018 may go to until April 14, 2019, for official rules, prize details and to enter for a chance to win the 2018 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.

For more information about the Path2College 529 Plan or to enter the 2018 Newborn Sweepstakes, please visit or call (877) 424-4377.

To learn more about the Path2College 529 Plan, its investment objectives, tax benefits, risks, and costs please see the Disclosure Booklet at Read it carefully. Investments in the Plan are neither insured nor guaranteed and there is the risk of investment loss. Check with your home state to learn if it offers tax or other benefits such as financial aid, scholarship funds or protection from creditors only available for investing in its own 529 plan. Consult your legal or tax professional for tax advice, including the impact of the new federal tax changes. If the funds aren't used for qualified higher education expenses, a 10% penalty tax on earnings (as well as federal and state income taxes) may apply.

TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC, distributor and underwriter for the Path2College 529 Plan.