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R.D. & Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation donates $20,000 to Forever Butler Campaign

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Published: Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

A gift that not only remembers Wichita entrepreneurship magnate Fran Jabara, but also benefits Butler Community College was recently given from the R.D. & Joan Dale Hubbard Foundation of Ruidoso, NM.

R.D. Hubbard, a Butler alumnus, was close friends with the late Jabara who, along with Hubbard, was an inaugural inductee to the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame at Butler. The event has been re-named the Fran Jabara Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame to honor his legacy. The $20,000 gift matches a donation made by the Lattner Family Foundation, Inc., also in memory of Jabara.

Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard, Kansas natives, have the distinct honor of being the highest philanthropic contributors in Butler’s history, with gifts totaling more than $3.5 million toward numerous beneficial projects such as the Hubbard Award of Excellence (Butler’s largest scholarship and highest award), the Hubbard Champions Training Center, and $1.5 million to the Hubbard Welcome Center in 2007, the largest gift in the school’s history.

“Generous donors like Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard are what make Butler an incredibly special place,” President Kim Krull said. “Those who have the vision to contribute to a campaign of this magnitude understand the legacy they are leaving for our students in the future.”

R.D. Hubbard studied at Butler and played on the basketball team before becoming general manager and ultimately president of Safelite Auto Glass. He later created and ran glass company AFG and bought and revived several horse racing tracks. Hubbard helped establish Bighorn Development, an exclusive residential development and private golf club in California, in 1990.

“The Hubbard Foundation is proud to make this gift that exemplifies R.D. and Fran’s longstanding friendship and mentorship,” Hubbard Foundation Director Emeritus Jim Stoddard said.

The Forever Butler Campaign is a $10 million endowment and deferred giving campaign to raise funds for scholarships, program support, and internships. The campaign began in 2014 and was announced publicly in April 2015. At the annual President’s Donor Dinner held in September, Foundation Board President Jeremy Sundgren announced that the campaign is $8.4 million to goal.

“We are, as ever, grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard for their continued giving to Butler,” Vice President of Advancement Stacy Cofer said. “Because of them and so many others like them, we can continue to ensure student success.”

Philanthropic contributions to Butler Community College are coordinated by the Butler Community College Foundation. The foundation manages fundraising efforts with alumni, friends, corporations and foundations to secure private support for the college. For more information about the Butler Community College Foundation visit our website at or find us on Facebook www.facebook.comm/butlerfoundation.