October 21, 2009. Retrieved online October 21, 2009 from JENNA FROSCH, Las Cruces Bulletin
In March 1969, a short time after the New Mexico State University Pan American Center opened its doors, Las Cruces welcomed funny man Bill Cosby to the stage. Now, in celebration of Homecoming and 40 years of the Pan Am, Cosby is back with a new show at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23.
Cosby is no stranger to Barbara Hubbard, local legend and executive director of the American Collegiate Talent Showcase (ACTS), who says Cosby has made a big difference in the lives of many.
“He’s a legend and if you’ve never watched him work, you’re really going to miss something if you don’t go,” Hubbard says. “Come and pay tribute to a great legend in the business.”
Hubbard says Cosby was instrumental in creating the Bill Cosby Endowment for the Performing Arts scholarship that is awarded to three incoming freshmen at NMSU who choose to major in performing arts.
Together, Hubbard and Cosby have established endowments at schools in North Carolina, Ohio, Georgia and Texas. Schools contact Hubbard to help book big names like Cosby for special events, and over the years, Hubbard and Cosby have grown to be great friends.
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