the stars at night were big and bright deep in the heart of Collin College Saturday as patrons saddled up for the “Stetson & Stiletto Standoff” inside the college’s new library at Spring Creek Campus in Plano.

With the backdrop of the library’s magnificent Jeffersonian architecture, this Lone-Star-State-themed battle of the wits raised scholarships for students at Collin College. About 350 patrons in cowboy-chic attire squared off in teams of eight with trivia questions highlighting the well-known, and sometimes obscure, facts and historical points from the great state of Texas and Collin County.

After a lively night of good-natured competition, the college capped off the evening with a spirited auction for the assistance of a Collin College professor during the final rounds. When the dust cleared and the final tallies were complete, the winners included:

•  Stetson & Stiletto Champion: American National Bank of Texas

•  Second Place: The Empowerment Project

•  Third Place: AT&T

Fun and games aside, supporters contributed more than $225,000 to the Collin College Foundation, which will provide a meaningful return to the community through scholarships.

“Unfortunately, financial challenges often beset Collin College’s best and brightest as the percentage of students requesting financial assistance continues to rise,” said Collin College district president Cary Israel. “Locally, 27,895 students at Collin College have applied for financial aid and scholarships this year, so these students desperately need scholarships.”

Scholarships created by this event will be awarded in sponsors’ names at the annual Collin College scholarship banquet in August.


Lone Star Partners ($25,000): PBK Architects, Inc.

Alamo Partners ($15,000): David and Genie Hammel, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano

Rio Grande Partners ($10,000): AT&T, Milton and Mary Kate Buschbom, Dr. Wayne Goodowitz/Dental Careers Foundation, Farmersville Economic Development Corporation/ Farmersville Community Development Corporation

Yellow Rose Partners ($5,000): Atmos Energy, Encore Wire Corporation, Independent Bank, Plano Rotary, Strasburger & Price, L.L.P., Sam Roach Business Center, The Medical Center of Plano, Steve and Libby Maus

Silver Spurs Partners ($2,500): Charles L. Hansford & 4-L Engineering Company, Inc., Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Joplin P.C., Allen Economic Development Corporation, American National Bank of Texas, Bell & Valente LLC, Cary and Trudy Israel, City of Celina, Celina Economic Development Corporation, Cindy and Harry Bauge, Collin College Deans, Collin College Faculty Council, Collin College Leadership Team, Corgan Associates, The Empowerment Project, Frisco Chamber of Commerce, Mac and Sherry Hendricks, Hunt Construction Group, InTouch Credit Union, Lee Lewis Construction, Jenny McCall, Joan and Tom Stephens, R.S. and Joe Ann Stahel, Medical Center of McKinney, McKinney Chamber of Commerce/City of McKinney, McKinney Economic Development Corporation/McKinney Community Development Corporation, Pogue Construction Service Master Clean, Wylie Economic Development Corporation.

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