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Tobosa Developmental Services 40th Anniversary Gala set for Nov. 17

Rosy Rubio, CEO and executive director at Tobosa Developmental Services, sits behind her desk in her office Friday. Tobosa will hold a gala Nov. 17 to celebrate its 40th anniversary. (Alex Ross Photo)

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Tobosa Developmental Services will hold a gala next Saturday with a series of high profile speakers and a Grammy Award winning recording artist to celebrate 40 years of serving adults with developmental delays and their families.

The gala will take place Saturday Nov. 17 at 5 p.m. at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center. The event will include live entertainment, a steak dinner provided by Peppers Grill & Bar, a cash bar, silent auction and a series of keynote speakers.

Rosy Rubio, Tobosa CEO and executive director, said the organization typically holds an awards dinner each year to honor individual clients and employees, but decided a while back to invite the community to celebrate its 40-year anniversary.

“We have been really planning this for a couple of years,” she said.

People can purchase individual tickets or a VIP table for eight people, Rubio said. Tickets can be purchased either by going to http://trytobosa.org/40gala/ and clicking on the purchase tickets icon, or at Tobosa’s office at 110 East Summit St.

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The Gala will kick off at 5 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction. Dinner will be served and keynote speakers will speak from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Speakers will include state Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell, R-Roswell, State Rep. Angelica Rubio, D-Las Cruces, former State Sen. Tom Jennings, D-Roswell and former Tobosa CEO Joe Madrid.

Live entertainment will begin at 8:30 p.m. with Frequenzia, a Spanish country and rock band from El Paso. Rick Trevino, a grammy award-winning country singer, will perform from 10:30 p.m. to midnight, Rubio said.

Clyde Tommy Hornsby — a direct support professional who works directly with clients and was honored as Tobosa’s employee of the year — will be honored at the event, along with Martin Eudy, winner of this year’s Individual Achievement Award from Tobosa.

Eudy, a client with Tobosa for more than 30 years and business owner, took over M and D Mobile Newsstand, where he delivers papers and sells snacks to local businesses.

Rubio said Eudy took over the business when his roommate, also a Tobosa client, who recently died.

Tobosa provides adults ages 21 and older who have developmental delays with day programs in the larger community and matching clients up with job opportunities based on a client’s interests and abilities.

She said that Tobosa believes individuals with developmental delays can hold jobs as well as contribute to the community and local economy, and not just be dependent on government benefits.

“We totally believe that individuals that are capable just like the rest of us should be able to hold jobs out in the community, and businesses here in Roswell seem pretty open to that,” she said.

Rubio added that moving forward Tobosa hopes to diversify its funding sources. Right now the organization is mainly funded through Medicaid dollars, but in the last four years, they have been looking to get funding from various foundations and convince donors to regularly contribute to Tobosa.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.