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'Legends' Give to Rename Conference Center

'Legends' Give to Rename Conference Center

October 13, 2010 – What does the word “legacy” mean?

At Collin College it describes a group of individuals and organizations who continue their goodwill by impacting students who are aspiring to fulfill their goals of securing a higher education.

The Living Legends recognition program, which began in 2003, commemorated leaders who foster leadership and profoundly shape progress in our community.

Thanks to the continued generosity of these Legends, who have collectively given donations of $250,000, the Collin College Spring Creek Campus Conference Center will be renamed the “Living Legends Conference Center.”

This gift is part of a major Naming Opportunities Campaign to raise $5 million over the next three years. The uniqueness of this effort is that all the contributions go into an endowment fund for scholarships – not for bricks and mortar. These gifts greatly impact the ever-increasing need for scholarships.

“For these community leaders to unify and donate money for the naming of this conference center speaks volumes about their commitment to our students receiving a quality education,” Cary Israel, district president of Collin College, said. “Their financial contributions also are a testament to why they each have been recognized as ‘Living Legends.’ Their generosity and impact on Collin College and Collin County is tremendous.”

Everyone visiting the Collin College Spring Creek Campus will soon be able to view the “Living Legend Conference Center” signage and honoree pictures and information on the following:


Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano
The Citizens of McKinney
David McCall
Dr. Rick Reedy

Marilyn Brooks
Mary Nelle Cummins
Donald Dillard
Rutledge Haggard

Nancy Boyd
Mary Alice Skaggs*
Lynn & Neil Sperry

Raymond Cooper
Helen Gibbard Hall*
Mazzie & Fred Moses
Jean & Mike Newman

Diane & Richard Dill
Jan Miller
Rita G. Smith
Bob Warren

Myrtle & John* Hightower
Elisabeth & Erwin* Pink
Gerry Ruschhaupt

Gladys Harrington*

For more information about the Collin College Foundation and the Naming Opportunities Campaign, call Mary Frazier, executive director, at 972.599.3143 or e-mail her at

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