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April 24, 2008 - Collin College Foundation invites anyone to submit nominations for its annual Living Legends tribute in honor of individuals making great impacts in our community.

Nominees can either live or work in Collin County. Nomination forms are available at the college website at and are due to the Collin College Foundation, Inc. office by Friday, May 23.

“Among the many individuals living in Collin County, we have many unsung legends who have made a difference in the quality of many lives,” said Ron Johnson, chair, Collin College Foundation Board of Directors. “We invite anyone to nominate individuals who have greatly contributed to enhancing the county.”

The 2008 Living Legends Tribute ceremony and dinner will be Saturday, Nov. 8 in the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center in Plano. Proceeds from the event benefit students through scholarship awards.

Previous Living Legend honorees are Nancy Boyd of Plano; Mary Alice Skaggs of Celina; Lynn and Neil Sperry of McKinney; Mike and Jean Newman of Plano; Fred and Mazzie Moses of Plano; Raymond B. Cooper of Wylie; and Helen Gibbard Hall of McKinney; 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. These honorees represent community activists, doctors, educators, entrepreneur, philanthropists and public servants.

“Collin County is full of people whose legendary leadership impacts the lives of today and 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.

Individuals and couples are eligible.

For more information about Living Legends, call Mary Frazier, executive director for major gifts in the Foundation office at 972.599.3143.

The college has partnerships with 4-year institutions allowing students to seamlessly transfer credits, ensure enrollment and other perks. These universities include Austin College, Baylor University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Texas Woman’s University, The University of Texas at Dallas and University of North Texas.

Collin College serves more than 46,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.