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Collin Honors 2006 Living Legends This Saturday, Nov. 11

Collin Honors 2006 "Living Legends" This Saturday, Nov. 11

November 7, 2006 - Collin County Community College District (Collin) will honor six distinguished community members at the 2006 Living Legends Tribute from 6:30-8:30 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 11 at the college's Spring Creek Campus conference center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

Hosted by the college and the Collin College Foundation, the event is underwritten by Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano.

The Living Legends ceremony and dinner honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Collin County community. Proceeds from the event benefit the Living Legends Endowment Fund, which supports student scholarships and academic success.

Living Legends are selected for their dedication to Collin's core values -- Learning, Service and Involvement, Creativity and Innovation, Academic Excellence, Dignity and Respect and Integrity. The 2006 honorees are Raymond B. Cooper, Wylie; Helen Hall, McKinney; Fred and Mazzie Moses, Plano; and Jean and Mike Newman, Plano.

Raymond B. Cooper, founder of Universal Transformer Co. and leader of two real estate companies, has been a leader in the development of Wylie. He built its first office building, helped organize its chamber of commerce and donated a baseball field, among many other contributions. Cooper was recently honored with the naming of Raymond B. Cooper Junior High School.

Helen Gibbard Hall has been called "The Mother of McKinney" for her community contributions and recollection of local history. She was critical in the formation of the Collin County Historical Society and the development of the Collin County History Museum. Hall has authored and published several historical books including "Collin County: Pioneering in North Texas."

Fred and Mazzie Moses of Plano have been an integral part of supporting minority businesses in Collin County. They started Telecom Electric Supply Co. in 1985, which has won many awards and provides jobs for 20 employees. They have also been instrumental in bringing multicultural events to Plano, including the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration.

Jean and Mike Newman have been showcasing Plano for 24 years in their magazine, "Plano Profile." In addition to supporting numerous nonprofit groups through sponsorships and complimentary advertising, they each serve on the boards of a variety of community and arts organizations.

The community is invited to the 2006 Living Legends Tribute and may purchase tables of eight for $400 or individual tickets for $60. In addition, corporations and families can support the college through a special contribution as Humanitarian Sponsors at the $5,000 level.

For more information about Living Legends, call the Collin College Foundation at 972.881.5611.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 41,000 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.