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Collin County's First Plain and Fancy Ball Debuts March 5

COLLIN COUNTY'S FIRST "PLAIN AND FANCY BALL" DEBUTS MARCH 5

February 24, 2005 – Local business and community leaders are breaking out their bowties, evening gowns…and tennis shoes for the first-ever “Plain and Fancy Ball” benefiting Collin County Community College District (CCCCD). The one-of-a-kind gala is set for 7-10 p.m., Saturday, March 5, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

The buzz is all about the dress code, which challenges sponsors and benefactors to dress either “Fancy”—meaning elegant “after five” eveningwear from head to toe—or “Plain and Fancy”—meaning comfortable, everyday-wear with at least two pieces of fancy eveningwear.

This nouveau twist on fundraising replaces the college’s annual “Evening of Monopoly®” event. According to college president Cary Israel, Monopoly® raised more than half a million dollars for the college and assisted nearly 800 students in its four-year run, thanks to the generosity of individuals and businesses. The college hopes to surpass that achievement with the Plain and Fancy Ball.

“A college education is a must these days, but the cost is more than a student can earn through a part-time job. We strive to keep tuition low, but the number of students in need is climbing,” Israel said. “Our patron support helps educate the next generation of nurses, doctors, teachers and business executives. We are very grateful for their gift to both our future and our workforce.”

As the evening begins, sponsors will cast an award-winning smile toward bright camera flashes from paparazzi as they step onto the red carpet. Then, they can kick-up their heels with dance lessons—from ballroom to salsa—and relax by listening to the musical stylings of a cool jazz band. Just after 9 p.m., mystery judges will be unveiled to announce the “Most Fabulous,” “Most Elegant,” “Best Couple” and “Most Creative” attire.

“There is so much excitement in the air about this new event,” said Larry Eagan who chairs the foundation board of directors. Eagan is with Exide Technologies. “Everyone who participates will be treated like a star, and all for one of the best of causes imaginable: student education. Proceeds will go toward student scholarships and academic excellence throughout the district, which is important because requests for scholarships doubled in the last two years.”

Since August, the college has already disbursed more than $11.3 million in financial aid, which is approaching the total for the entire previous year of $12.2 million.

Medical Center of Plano and Emerson Processing/Fisher Regulator are “High Society” sponsors, while Chartwells, Comcast, Countrywide Financial Corporation, Exide Technologies, Mac and Sherry Hendricks and Medical Center of McKinney are “Jet Set” sponsors.

“In-Crowd” sponsors include Atmos Energy, Milton and Mary Kate Buschbom, the CCCCD Academic Deans, Dental Careers Foundation/Dr. Wayne Goodowitz, David and Genie Hammel, Hunt Construction Company, MultiView, New York Life/The Nautilus Group, Neiman Marcus and Sam Roach Business Center.

“Hipster” sponsors include Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Joplin P.C., Allen Economic Development Corp., Bank of America, Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, C&S Media, Centennial Medical Center/Tenet Health Care Foundation, CCCCD Academy for Collegiate Excellence (ACE), CCCCD Continuing Education & Workforce Development, CCCCD Faculty, City of Frisco, CCCCD Human Resource Team, Course Technology/Thomson, Crowd and Inside Collin County, Pat and Rebecca DePole, Farmersville Economic Development Corp., First Bank of Farmersville, First Southwest Company, Frisco Chamber of Commerce/Frisco Economic Development Corp., Gay, McCall, Isaacks, Gordon, & Roberts P.C., Greater Plano Kiwanis Club, Bob Tomes Ford, HRSmart, Ralph and Susan Hall, Inside Collin County Business, Cary and Trudy Israel, Lloyd and Toni Jenkins, Junior League of Plano, Legacy Bank of Texas, Market Street, McKinney Chamber of Commerce/Economic Development Corp./Community Development Corp., Browning Duffey Miller, Belinda Newman, NorthStar Services, Roy and Sue Olivier, Paula and Robert Ouellette, Rex Parcells and Dr. Kim Zeh, Plano Economic Development Board, Plano Profile Magazine, Rapier & Wilson, P.C., James and Marilyn Rice, Roach LLP, Tom and Beverly Rodgers, Spencer Furniture, Stonebriar Center, Strasburger & Price LLP, Telecom Electric Supply Company, Tomden Engineering, TXU Electric Delivery, Vinson & Elkins LLP and Vision Wealth Management.

Other contributors include AIG Valic Financial Advisors, Experian Inc., North Preston Properties and RoughRiders Baseball.

To become a Plain and Fancy Ball sponsor or for more information, call 972.758.3800 or visit www.collin.edu.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.