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College Seeking Nominations for "Living Legends" Status

June 28, 2006 - Collin County Community College District (Collin) is seeking nominees for its annual Living Legends Tribute, honoring pillars of the community. Anyone may nominate a Living Legend, but those nominated must live and/or work in Collin County. Nomination forms for this special distinction may be obtained on the college’s website at and are due in the CCCCD Foundation, Inc. office by Sep. 6.

The 2006 Living Legends Tribute ceremony and dinner will be held Nov. 11 in the conference center at the college’s Spring Creek Campus in Plano. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Living Legends Endowment Fund, which supports student scholarships and academic success.

Past honorees include: Gladys Harrington of Plano; Richard and Diane Dill of McKinney; John and Myrtle Hightower of Plano; Jan Miller of Anna/Celina; Dr. Erwin and Elisabeth Pink of Frisco; Gerry Ruschhaupt of McKinney; Rita G. Smith of Wylie; and Bob Warren of Frisco. They include community activists, doctors, educators, entrepreneurs philanthropists and public servants.

“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,” said college President Cary Israel. “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.

The community is invited to participate and may purchase tables of 8 for $400 or individual tickets for $60. In addition, corporations and/or families can choose to participate in the Living Legends Tribute as Humanitarian Sponsors for a $5000 contribution.

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