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Chefstravaganza, Stroke Of Genius Art Auction To Anchor Collin College 2012 Scholarship Support Series

Chefstravaganza, Stroke Of Genius Art Auction To Anchor Collin College 2012 Scholarship Support Series

April 19, 2012 – The Collin College Board of Trustees, District President Cary Israel and the Collin College Foundation Board of Directors invite the public to experience the finale events in the 2012 Scholarship Support Event Series with “ChefStravaganza” set for 6 p.m., Thurs, April 26 at the college’s Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco and the “Stroke of Genius Art Auction” at 6 p.m., Thurs., May 3 at Neiman Marcus at The Shops at Willow Bend in Plano.

The series benefits Collin College student scholarships and was designed to showcase the talents of students. Even though Collin College has the lowest tuition in the state of Texas, more than 24,000 students applied for financial aid and scholarships this year. Raising scholarships for those students is the mission of the Collin College Foundation, which organized the series.

At ChefStravaganza, guests will be treated to a dazzling spread of the finest cuisine from student chefs in Collin College’s Institute of Hospitality and Culinary Education. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the official kitchens of the culinary institute and sample exotic hors d’oeuvres, delectable pastries and desserts as well as cuisines and culinary delights from around the world.

The Stroke of Genius Art Auction will put fine art on the auction block with original art donated by faculty, students and local artists up for bid. Auction items include one-of-a-kind paintings, sculptures, photography and mixed-media works as well as graphic prints and ceramic creations. Guests will be able to mingle with the artists during live and silent auctions at Neiman Marcus while enjoying cuisine courtesy of NOSH Euro Bistro.

Both events will include live music performed by Collin College student musicians.

Sponsorships for the series have topped $152,000. PBK Architects is the $25,000 Platinum Partner, and Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano is the Gold Partner at $20,000. Silver Partners ($10,000) include the Milton and Mary Kate Buschbom, Farmersville Economic Development Corporation/Farmersville Community Development Corporation and Sam Roach Business Center. Bronze Partners ($5,000) include Atmos Energy, Capco Communications Inc., Darling Homes, Hunt Construction Group Inc., Independent Bank, Jenny McCall, The Medical Center of Plano and Strasburger & Price LLP. Copper Partners ($2,500) include Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Joplin P.C.; American National Bank of Texas; Cary and Trudy Israel; Charles L. Hansford & 4-L Engineering Company, Inc.; Collin College Academic Deans; Collin College Faculty; Collin College Leadership Team; Harry and Cindy Bauge; InTouch Credit Union; Neiman Marcus; Steve and Libby Maus/New York Life; NOSH Euro Bistro; Plano Profile; Pogue Construction; The Empowerment Project; and Thomas and Joan Stephens. Additional supporters include Albert Uster Imports, American Roland Food Corporation, Andrews Distributing, Asia World, Ennis Graphics, Fresh Point, Frosted Art, Marriott International, Martin Preferred, Mozzarella Cheese Company, Praise the Lard, Raising Cane’s, Sysco, and Seasons 52.

Sponsorships are still available, and tickets sell for $100 each. For more details, sponsorships and reservations, call 972.599.3145.

Collin College serves about 53,000 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.