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Monopoly Tops Previous College Scholarship Fundraisers

Monopoly Tops Previous College Scholarship Fundraisers

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February 26, 2007 - MONOPOLY® was the name, scholarships were the game this past weekend as community and business leaders converged on The Shops at Willow Bend for the Collin College Foundation's MONOPOLY® Madness. This year's event proved to be the most successful fundraiser to date by raising more than $200,000 for student scholarships and academic excellence.

MONOPOLY® Madness lived up to its reputation as the "most unique fundraiser in Collin County" as Mr. MONOPOLY® led the march from The Mustang Cafe to the Grand Court to a host of gaming tables where 350 attendees enjoyed music, food, refreshments and a lovely time along Park Place and Boardwalk.

For students who receive Collin scholarships, however, the purpose of the event is much more than just fun and games.

"Each year, thanks to the generosity of individuals and businesses in this community, we are able to provide much needed scholarships to deserving students," Dr. Bob Collins, founding board member and chair of the Collin Board of Trustees, said. "We are thankful that today's business leaders and private citizens recognize the importance of higher education and willingly support the college's mission to make higher education not only available, but accessible. The Board of Trustees, the college president and college community, as well as the students who will become the future professionals in this community, all thank you for your generous support."

More than 50 percent of Collin students applied for financial aid in 2006. Unfortunately, more than 2,000 of these requests were denied.

"With the rising cost of a college education affecting so many families, we worked harder to bring in the dollars that support a student's dream of attending college," said Cary Israel, Collin president. "Our goal is to have enough scholarship money so that no student is turned away."

Sponsors for the event included:

Crown Jewels -- Emerson Process Management Regulator Division, Gay, McCall Issacks, Gordon, May & Roberts, P.C., Medical Center of Plano and PBK;

Royal Robe -- AT&T, Milton and Mary Kate Buschbom, Chartwells Dining Service, Pat and Rebecca DePole, Dey, Inc., David and Genie Hammel, Medical Center of McKinney, The Mustang Café and Bar, New York Life Insurance Company/Stephen N. Maus, CLU, Plano Profile, Pogue Construction, The Shops at Willow Bend, Strasburger & Price, LLP, Tenet Healthcare Foundation/Centennial Medical Center, Texas Star Bank and Trinity Stairs, Inc.;

Silver Chalice -- Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Joplin, P.C., Atmos Energy, Bank of America, Collin Academic Deans, Corgan Associates, EDS Credit Union, EFSI, Farmersville Economic Development Board, First Bank of Farmersville, Dr. Wayne Goodowitz/Dental Careers Foundation, Hunt Construction Group, Inc., Inside Collin County Business, Skip and Toni Jenkins, Kiwanis Club of Greater Plano, Multiview, Inc., Neiman Marcus, Sam Roach Business Center and Jane Willard;

Coat of Arms -- Aramark, Allen Economic & Development Corporation, Dr. Ann C. Arnold, Bob Tomes Ford, Collin College Student Development, Collin Faculty Council, Collin Provosts, Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Thomson Learning Career and Professional Group, Browning Duffey-Miller, El Dorado Motors, First Southwest Co., Fortune Financial Services, LLC, Frisco Economic Development Corp., Ralph and Susan Hall, Mac and Sherry Hendricks, Cary A. and Trudy Israel, The Junior League of Plano, Harry LaRosiliere, CFP, Morgan Stanley, LegacyTexas Bank, Magee and Associates Realtors, Marche' Connections, McKinney Office Supply, North Dallas Bank, Northstar Services, Plano Economic Development Board, Presbyterian Hospital of Plano, Kim Russell and Brenda Kihl, Seniors Active In Learning, The Spencer Company, Telecom Electric Supply, Shirl and Jim Terrell in honor of Arlin and Lorene Hughes and Tomden Engineering, LLP;

Contributors -- Ben E. Keith Beers, Central Market, Chef David Pomponio, Dell Corporation, Doug and Bruski's, Eldorado Country Club, Embassy Suites Hotel Frisco, Frisco RoughRiders, Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc., Hirsch's Specialty Meats, IKEA, Marriott Dallas/Plano at Legacy Town Center, North Texas Higher Education Authority, Petals, Red Door Spas Elizabeth Arden, Scott Murray, Murray Media Productions, Sidebar Entertainment, Southwest Airlines, Superior One Transportation and Texas Tornado Hockey.

At Collin, a $1,000 scholarship can pay 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.

"More students than ever before need scholarships," said Larry Eagan, chair of the Collin College Foundation. "Every business and organization in Collin County benefits from an educated workforce. And every student that earns a college education helps sustain the vitality of our local economy and contributes to the growth and success of this remarkable county and state."

View the MONOPOLY® Madness web gallery for downloadable photos of the evening at

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.