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Collin Honors 2005 ‘Living Legends’

Oct. 28, 2005 - Collin County Community College District (Collin) will formally recognize five outstanding community leaders at the 2005 Living Legends ceremony and dinner from 6-8 p.m., Nov. 12 in the conference center at the college’s Spring Creek Campus, 2800 East Spring Creek Parkway, in Plano. The Living Legends tribute honors individuals who have gone the extra mile in the community.

In addition to providing community leaders with a well-deserved round of applause, the Tribute raises money for the Living Legends Endowment Fund, which supports today’s Collin students -- tomorrow’s community leaders.

This year’s tribute recognizes five individuals from different corners of Collin County: Richard and Diane Dill of McKinney, Jan Miller of Anna/Celina, Rita G. Smith of Wylie and Bob Warren of Frisco.

Richard and Diane Dill of McKinney have been longtime supporters of McKinney’s Serenity High School, dedicated to serving students returning from substance abuse treatment. They established music and business scholarships for students at Collin and they have given countless hours of service to the McKinney Independent School District. Jan Miller, a former educator, created an academic booster club called Celina Association for Renaissance Excellence (CARE), an organization that provides incentives for academic achievement and improvement. Rita G. Smith, revered as the matriarch of Wylie, has been actively involved in all facets of the community’s growth for more than 60 years. The next elementary school built in Wylie will bear her name. And Bob Warren’s legendary contributions can be found all over Frisco. He was elected to the Frisco City Council in 1983 and served 13 years, the last seven as mayor.

Living Legends are selected using the college’s core values as criteria--Learning, Service and Involvement, Creativity and Innovation, Academic Excellence, Dignity and Respect and Integrity.

This year’s tribute is underwritten for the third consecutive year by Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano.

The community is invited to participate in the 2005 Living Legends Tribute ceremony and dinner and may purchase tables of 8 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 at 972.881.5611.