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October event to celebrate Barbara Hubbard

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On the occasion of Barbara “Mother” Hubbard’s 95th Birthday, July 12, she announced a date for her birthday party. On Oct. 19 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, a tribute is set to honor Hubbard in the form of a great big birthday party/fundraiser.

During a press conference in her namesake room inside the Pan American Center, Hubbard said she plans to keep giving back – whether mentoring or providing scholarship funds to students through her American Collegiate Talent Showcase (ACTS) program.

Over the years, the ACTS program has generated more than $750,000 in scholarship funds for New Mexico State University students. Hubbard is an entertainment industry icon, and every penny she’s raised through concerts she’s promoted has gone to support those funds.

But Hubbard will not accept full credit for the accomplishments on her long list.

It’s not about me,” she said. “It’s about these young people that want to get into this business and the fact that we have got to keep the program going. It’s the students. That is the product, and I am proud of every one of them.”

One of those former students, Steve Dixon, now works with Jennifer Lopez and several other well-known clients marketing their events.

“I got to intern with Tina Turner,” Dixon said. “And today I have a robust career because my mentor (Hubbard) gave me a shot.”

Dixon said Hubbard at 95 is as relevant as she was at 40.

“It’s important to celebrate her because she is still as relevant in the industry as she was then,” he said.  “It’s not very often you see a 95-year-old with as much energy as a 28-year-old.”

For event individual and table reservations visit Ashley Furniture, 3299 Del Rey Blvd, Las Cruces.