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Collin Sounds Last Call for Living Legends Nominations

August 26, 2005 – There is no time to waste – send in a Living Legends nomination.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) is making a last call for nominations for its third annual Living Legends Tribute, an honor bestowed upon individuals who have gone the extra mile in the community. Nominations are due to the CCCCD Foundation, Inc. office by Tuesday, Sept. 6. Obtain a nomination form.

Anyone can nominate a Living Legend, but the nominee must live or work in Collin County.

The Living Legends Tribute ceremony and dinner, underwritten by Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano, is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 12 in the new Spring Creek Campus Conference Center in Plano. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Living Legends Endowment Fund, which supports student scholarships and academic success.

“Collin County is full of people whose legendary leadership will impact the lives of generations to come. Unfortunately, many of these humble heroes go unsung,” Collin President Cary Israel said. “This program is intended to be a point of unity for the entire county, so we strongly encourage people from cities throughout Collin County to make nominations.”

Selection of Living Legends will be based on the following criteria:

• Nominees must reflect the college’s core values: learning, service and involvement, creativity and innovation, academic excellence, dignity and respect, and integrity.

• Nominees must have profoundly shaped the progress of their communities and have a record of service and philanthropy in Collin County.

• While families, groups or organizations cannot be selected for this event, individuals associated with a group are eligible.

Past honorees include: Gladys Harrington, credited for starting Plano’s first library; John and Myrtle Hightower, longtime Plano residents and educators; Gerry Ruschhaupt, McKinney business owner; and Dr. Erwin and Elisabeth Pink of Frisco, community activists.

The community is invited to participate and may purchase tables of eight for $400 or individual tickets for $60. In addition, corporations and/or families can choose to support the college through a special contribution as Humanitarian Sponsors at the $5,000 level.

For more information about Living Legends, call the CCCCD Foundation, Inc. at 972.881.5611.

Collin County Community College District serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. In addition, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and workforce development.