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Plain and Fancy Ball Dusts Off Boots for Scholarships

November 4, 2005 – This year’s Plain and Fancy Ball is going Texas-Style.

The second annual Collin County Community College District Foundation, Inc. fundraiser is roping in money for college scholarships by combining boot-scootin’ dance moves, Texas Hold ‘em poker tables, food and much more 7 p.m., Saturday, March 4, 2006, at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

The Plain and Fancy Ball, however, is all about the students. About 80 percent of Collin students are working 20-40 hours a week, which does not include familial and academic responsibilities. About $13 million in federal financial assistance was awarded to Collin students. More than 2,000 requests for financial aid were denied.

Plain and Fancy Ball sponsorship levels include “Hipster” at $1,000, “In-Crowd” at $2,500, “Jet Set” at $5,000, “High Society” at $10,000 and “Philanthropist” at $20,000.

A $1,000 scholarship pays for tuition and books for one student for one semester. A $5,000 scholarship can purchase tuition and books for a student to earn a two-year associate’s degree.

The Plain and Fancy Ball will include two-step, waltz and tango dancing lessons, food, games, a live jazz band, Texas Hold ‘em tables and more. Like last year, the dress will be all fancy, or individuals can mix and match fancy attire with a pair of sneakers, jeans or any other “plain” dress.

To become a Plain and Fancy Ball sponsor or for more information, contact the Collin County Community College District 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. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.