Celebration of Life: Remembering Laurin Huber

All of Laurin’s friends and angels are invited to gather on June 14, 2018 at 6:30pm for a casual barbecue celebration of Laurin’s life at the home of Melba Huber: 605 McColl Circle in McAllen.

This will be a time to share special memories of Laurin and show some love to Melba and each other. If you have pictures, yearbooks, etc., please bring them! We know Laurin is in heaven and all her troubles are gone, but a bunch of us are still here and we can help each other through the grief and loss.

This is nothing formal at all, but we hope each attendee will leave their name and contact information so that Melba can stay in touch. All of Laurin’s faithful friends have been so very important to Melba as well.

If you are unable to attend, you can still send your condolences and memories. If you have Melba’s email address, send messages and pictures directly to her. If not, please fill out the contact form on this website, or send a private message through the We Love Laurin Facebook page and include your email address and/or phone number. Melba would love to hear from you!

Laurin loved all her friends from high school.

Laurin loved all her friends from high school.

Laurin Huber & Gregory HinesThe Three Melbas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laurin and Friend

 

Lupe's Birthday Oct 2011               A Gathering with Laurin in 2011 for Lupe's Birthday

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Laurin Huber: July 8, 1961–May 10, 2018

Melba Laurin Huber was born July 8, 1961 in McAllen. She was preceded in death by her father Jim Huber and grandmother Melba H. Stewart. She is survived by her mother Melba Huber and brothers Carey Kinsolving and Keith Kinsolving.

As a child and teen, Laurin Huber studied dance and gymnastics at Melba’s Dance. Huber was the first class-one gymnast in South Texas. This skill gave her a big advantage in cheerleading. Huber was a cheerleader from elementary school through high school, where she became head cheerleader. In her senior year, she was elected football sweetheart.

Upon graduation from McAllen High School in 1979, she received a dance scholarship from Jo Jo’s Dance Factory in New York City, which her mother considered to be the top dance school in New York.

In addition to dance, Huber studied art, piano and voice. In spite of all these accomplishments at such a young age, her most lasting legacy occurred when she was five years old. She attended vacation Bible school at Grace Community Church in Pharr. She came home singing Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Huber trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as her savior and received the gift of eternal life.

In 1980, Huber returned to McAllen from NYC because she was homesick. She registered at Pan Am, but her education ended when she suffered a severe head injury as a passenger in a car that hit a tree. Most physicians gave her only a few years to live. Her grandmother and mother supervised 24/7 nursing care in their homes since 1980.

A celebration of her life is being planned for June. Details to follow at WeLoveLaurin.org.

SO grateful to all of Laurin’s friends and supporters. If you visited her, participated in a fundraiser for her, supported her, prayed for her, thought of her… you are all Laurin’s Angels.

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The Monitor (front page) May 11, 2018

 

 

 

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BBQ Fundraiser: the THREEquel

Get ready for the THIRD annual BBQ Fundraiser, hosted by Edna De Saro and Lone Star National Bank to help with the expenses for Laurin’s care. On Saturday, April 7, the parking lot of Melba’s Dance School will again become THE place to pick up a great lunch. For $8, you can feast on a mountain of BBQ chicken, rice, beans, potato salad and bread.

A high-energy team of volunteers will serve up to-go boxes of delicious food and deliver them directly to your vehicle with a smile. Be sure to get your tickets ahead of time, as the event was totally sold out last year. Tickets may be purchased at Melba’s Dance School, Star Chiropractic or directly from Lupe Enriquez or Edna De Saro. Then bring your ticket to Melba’s and drive by the canopied food serving area between 11am and 1pm on April 7, 2018.

Tickets are $8 each and are available at Melba's Dance School, Star Chiropractic, or directly from Lupe Enriquez or Edna De Saro.

Tickets are $8 each and are available at Melba’s Dance School, Star Chiropractic, or directly from Lupe Enriquez or Edna De Saro.

HINT: You may want to skip breakfast that day – this is a LOT of food!

The BBQ event last year raised more than $10,000 for the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust, which helps with the ongoing expenses of Laurin’s constant care needs. Thank you to Laurin’s Angels, who are taking this on for a THIRD year in a row! Laurin has some amazing friends who have loved on her SO much during her difficult journey. Hugs and blessings to you all!

Laurin has a great friend in Edna De Saro, who spearheads the biggest fundraiser of the year for Laurin.

Laurin has a great friend in Edna De Saro, who spearheads the biggest fundraiser of the year for Laurin.

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Keep an eye on this blog, and “like” Laurin’s Facebook page to get the latest info: www.Facebook.com/welovelaurin.

If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know. If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described under Laurin’s Angels; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours.

If you’d prefer to give online, please use the “Donate” button below.

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BBQ Benefit: The Sequel

For the second year in a row, Edna De Saro and Lone Star National Bank hosted a BIG barbecue plate fundraiser to help with the expenses for Laurin’s care. On Saturday, April 22, the parking lot of Melba’s Dance School became THE place to pick up a great lunch. For $8, you could feast on a mountain of BBQ chicken, rice, beans, potato salad and bread.

A high-energy team of volunteers dished up hundreds of to-go boxes of food and delivered them directly to the vehicles swiftly and efficiently. Lupe and G.J., two of Laurin’s closest friends, kept things moving (see video below) so that few had to wait more than half a minute for their food. Lupe and G.J. also head up a faithful group of Laurin’s friends who make it a point to visit her regularly, which she always LOVES, and help with her fundraisers when needed.

The BBQ event this year raised more than $10,000 for the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust, which helps with the ongoing expenses of Laurin’s constant care needs.

The BBQ benefit was held in the parking lot at Melba's Dance School.

Check out the action here: https://youtu.be/IqJiHxrvFPw

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Keep an eye on this blog, and “like” Laurin’s Facebook page to get the latest info: www.Facebook.com/welovelaurin.

If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described under Laurin’s Angels; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours.

If you’d prefer to give online, please use the “Donate” button below.

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Friendly Freemasons Freely Furnish Funds

Earlier this week, David Gower and Oliver Ostorga gave checks of $2300 and $1000 from the Port Isabel Masonic Lodge 33 and the McAllen Masonic Lodge 1110 to Melba Huber for the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. These generous donations will be spent to pay for Laurin’s 24/7 nursing care. Many thanks to all the Freemasons of these two generous lodges.

PICTURED BELOW: The Freemasons from Port Isabel and McAllen lodges meet Laurin. From left to right: Rodney Brown, Darrell Bryan, David Gower and Oliver Ostarga. Altogether the Freemasons from Port Isabel Masonic Lodge 33 and the McAllen Masonic Lodge 1110 contributed $3300 to help pay for Laurin’s ongoing, 24/7 nursing care. One of Laurin’s best friends from high school is Gail Gower, the sister of David Gower.

Freemasons from McAllen and Port Isabel Masonic Lodges visit with Laurin.

Freemasons from McAllen and Port Isabel Masonic Lodges visit with Laurin.

The checks were presented at the home of Melba Huber, where Laurin receives nursing and medical care that has kept her alive since 1980. The life expectancy for someone with Laurin’s brain-stem injury is less than seven years.

Generous donations checks are presented to Laurin's mother, Melba.

Generous donations checks are presented to Laurin’s mother, Melba.

 

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Keep an eye on this blog, and “like” Laurin’s Facebook page to get the latest info: www.Facebook.com/welovelaurin.

If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described under Laurin’s Angels; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours.

If you’d prefer to give online, please use the “Donate” button below.

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BBQ Benefit Blowout

On Saturday, May 21, Edna De Saro headed up a herd of happy helping hands to heap hearty helpings of hash. OK, well it wasn’t exactly hash – I just got carried away with the h-words. The food dished out was actually good-old, down-home barbecue eats: chicken, potato salad, rice, beans and bread. It was all done to benefit the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. An $8 ticket bought a generously-filled, to-go box, served up in the parking lot of Melba’s Dance School at lunch time.

The team gets ready for action.

   The team gets ready for action.

Barbecue -- YUM!!

Barbecue — YUM!!

 

At your service!

At your service!

 

Some of Laurin’s best angels teamed up and sold hundreds of tickets for this delicious event. Special thanks to Lupe Enriquez and G.J. Reyna, who often put great effort into raising funds on Laurin’s behalf and gathering her friends to visit her. The money raised at the BBQ will be used to help with the expenses of Laurin’s ongoing medical care.

Best Buddies

Best Buddies

 

 

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Keep an eye on this blog, and “like” Laurin’s Facebook page to get the latest info: www.Facebook.com/welovelaurin.

If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described under Laurin’s Angels; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours.

If you’d prefer to give online, please use the “Donate” button below.

#laurinsangels  #welovelaurin

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Ballerina Balm: The Launching of a Labor of Love for Laurin

Five-year-old Cindy Holland found her first friend in the world at 1500 Hibiscus Street in McAllen. Laurin Huber lived only two doors down from her. They jumped on the trampoline together, played with Barbie dolls, rode their bikes to Dairy Queen and danced at Melba’s Dance School.

Because Laurin was a year older, Cindy always looked up to her. More than 47 years later, Laurin is now looking up to Cindy from the bed where she receives 24/7 nursing to stay alive. In 1980, Laurin’s life changed forever when she almost died in a car wreck that has left her helpless to do anything for herself.

Until recently, the last time Cindy saw Laurin was in high school. Like most news these days, Cindy learned through Facebook about the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. She wanted to visit Laurin but was a little hesitant. When Lupe Enriquez posted about a reunion party to visit with Laurin, Cindy knew she couldn’t stay away any longer and drove straight to McAllen from San Antonio.

Laurin is reunited with her childhood friend Cindy.

Laurin is reunited with her childhood friend Cindy.

“When I saw Laurin for the first time, I didn’t feel sad like I thought I would,” said Cindy. “I felt blessed to be able to spend time with her. All the little annoyances and problems of my life felt so insignificant. Visiting Laurin brings me joy and puts things in perspective for me.”

Shortly thereafter, Cindy had a poignant idea to help her childhood friend and dance buddy. She and her daughter Andrea have dedicated 10% of the Ballerina Balm sales nationwide to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust as a way to help with the tremendous expense of her care. “I remember what an amazing dancer and tumbler Laurin was,” said Cindy. “I felt this was a good way that we could help with her support.”

Ballerina Balm is designed specifically to soothe the soreness and aches of dancers’ feet. The average ballerina exerts 220 psi of pressure on her feet when dancing en pointe.

10% of Sales to be Given to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust

10% of Sales Will be Given to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust, which helps to cover Laurin’s medical expenses.

“One of the main ingredients in the secret formula is peppermint, which is so rejuvenating,” said Cindy. “In the McAllen area, Ballerina Balm will be available exclusively at Melba’s Dance School.”

Ballerina Balm is part of the new Chalet Cosmetic line that Cindy and her daughter are launching nationally. Cindy grew up in the cosmetic industry. Sue Holland, her mother, owned and operated Merle Norman stores in La Plaza Mall, Edinburg, Pharr and Weslaco.

A limited number of stage makeup kits will be available for purchase at Melba’s Dance School, along with Chalet Cosmetics’ oil-absorbing pumpkin powder, cleansers, toners and moisturizers that are available exclusively at Melba’s Dance School, located at 2100 N. 10th Street in McAllen, Texas.

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Keep an eye on this blog, and “like” Laurin’s Facebook page to get the latest info: www.Facebook.com/welovelaurin.

If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described under Laurin’s Angels; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours.

If you’d prefer to give online, please use the “Donate” button below.

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Christmas Concert Singers Give Private Performance for Laurin

On December 20, 2015, a loving ensemble of local musicians gathered to perform a benefit Christmas concert for Laurin at South Padre Island. Most of them had never met Laurin, who is mostly confined to home and was unable to attend the concert. So they decided to do something about it. One week after the concert, several of the vocalists made the drive from the coast all the way to McAllen to visit with Laurin and share some of the concert music with her.

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For Laurin, having visitors is her absolute favorite thing. If they sing for her, that’s even better! She remained very alert, eyes wide open, taking it all in as the singers introduced themselves and then gathered around the piano for an informal concert just for her. To Laurin’s apparent surprise, her sister-in-law Lisa provided some accompaniment on the freshly-tuned baby grand piano. They shared several of the songs from the recent concert at the Island, as well as previous years’ concerts. It ended up as a Christmas carol sing-along, with many rich harmonies.

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What a joyous time of praising God for sending us the greatest gift of all: His Son, Jesus Christ, who left Heaven to become a helpless Baby and live a human life here on Earth. We celebrated the pure grace of this gift: God’s provision to pay for all of our sins so that we could ultimately spend eternity with Him.

Laurin was so blessed by this visit. She has been a bit depressed since her 106-year-old grandmother passed away just a couple weeks before in the same room. All the music seemed to lift her spirits. She definitely perked up and appeared to be getting into the Christmas spirit.

The visitors were also blessed to meet Laurin. Many people don’t understand how to relate to someone in her condition. Until they just do it.

The Lord provides. Merry Christmas!

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Keep an eye on this blog, and “like” Laurin’s Facebook page to get the latest info: www.Facebook.com/welovelaurin.

If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described under Laurin’s Angels; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours.

If you’d prefer to give online, please use the “Donate” button below.

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Christmas Concert Raises $4,000 for Laurin

For the second consecutive year, the proceeds of the annual Christmas concert by Brett Marshall and Friends have been given to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust. The total raised this year was $4,000, up from last year’s $3,000 gift.

The concert theme is different each year. This time, audiences entering Chapel by the Sea at South Padre Island for the concert were greeted by a stage decked out in cowboy-style décor. Sawhorses bearing Western saddles, a large cactus, a bale of hay and a couple of large, wagon-wheel barstools gave the place a let’s-do-a-show-in-the-barn atmosphere, minus the barn-like odors. As the show opened, the vocalists made their high-energy entrance in full Western regalia, complete with riding boots, jeans, cowboy hats and plenty of robust “yee-haw”s.

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The song selections were a festive mix of favorite familiar Christmas tunes and some exciting newer ones. Many were freshened up musically with a light-hearted country feel to fit the cowboy theme.

Both performances of the show were sold out. This may have been partly due to the gracious guest appearance of popular local singer Leslie Blasing, who performed three songs and headlined the event. She blessed all in attendance with a rousing, hilarious rendition of the Hippopotamus Song, followed by Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. Later in the evening, her velvety, alto voice was perfect for Merry Christmas, Darling. Leslie-Blasing_headshot

Popular local musician Brett Marshall, known all over the Valley for his diverse piano stylings and smooth baritone vocals, served as music director of the event. He led an assortment of talented vocalists from South Padre Island, Port Isabel and Laguna Vista who rounded out the cast of this festive, annual event. Along with Marshall, the core vocalists consisted of soprano Carolyn Porter, alto/mezzo Lisa Kinsolving, mezzo-soprano Sara Steele, tenor Paul Cardile, tenor Ron Fuqua, baritone Dale Ziegler and tenor Harold Clark. “I think it’s becoming a favorite tradition now, especially among Winter Texans,” said Kinsolving. “People start asking me about it way ahead of time, so I know they look forward to it.”

Bringing a playful cameo to the event was guitarist/vocalist Gary Mancuso. His performance of Randolph The Shiny-Gun Cowboy followed by an audience sing-along of Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, brought many smiles and giggles.

Another highlight of the evening was provided by Dave Boughter. His highly expressive drum work on the congas and bongos gave heightened drama to Marshall’s stirring rendition of The Little Drummer Boy. Boughter also added much to Do You Hear What I Hear? (with lead vocalist Kinsolving) by his expert touch on the snare drum.

The male vocalists added many laughs to the event with a new, Christmas re-write of the country classic Elvira. In it, they lamented the one drawback of living at South Padre Island: “We’re too far south for Santa!”

The concert was well-received by audiences. Participants are already looking forward to next year’s event, with ideas flowing for yet another fun theme.

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Keep an eye on this blog, and “like” Laurin’s Facebook page to get the latest info: www.Facebook.com/welovelaurin.

If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described under Laurin’s Angels; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours.

If you’d prefer to give online, please use the “Donate” button below.

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Benefit Christmas Concert for Laurin at South Padre Island 12/20/15

Popular local singer Leslie Blasing is slated to appear in the annual Christmas concert at Chapel by the Sea in South Padre Island on December 20 at 5:00pm, followed by a second performance at 7:30pm. With a $10 minimum contribution per ticket, the concert proceeds will benefit the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust, which assists disabled McAllen dancer Laurin Huber with her ongoing medical care expenses. Last year, the concert raised around $3000 for Miss Huber.

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Leslie Blasing, a well-known singer here in the Rio Grande Valley for the past 21 years, brings her unique, country style to this year’s concert. She’s performed regularly at such venues as the Sheraton (now The Pearl), Shrimp Haus, Palm Street Pier, Louie’s Backyard and Boomerang Billy’s (all at South Padre Island), as well as others throughout the Valley. Blasing was presented with the Valley Star Award Female Vocalist of the Year for 2013, 2014 and 2015 and the Winter Texan Times Entertainer of the Year Award for 2014 and 2015.

Entitled Country Christmas Show, this year’s concert features a down-home, country/western theme. “Our inspiration for this year was the old TV Christmas specials with all kinds of country stars singing favorite carols,” said concert organizer and soprano vocalist Carolyn Porter. “We hope to bring back the warmth and joy of those shows as we celebrate Christmas in song.”

Popular local musician Brett Marshall, known all over the Valley for his diverse piano stylings and smooth baritone vocals, serves as music director of the event. He leads an assortment of talented vocalists from South Padre Island, Port Isabel and Laguna Vista who round out the cast of this festive, annual event. Along with Marshall, the core vocalists consist of soprano Carolyn Porter, alto/mezzo Lisa Kinsolving, mezzo-soprano Sara Steele, tenor Paul Cardile, tenor Ron Fuqua, baritone Dale Ziegler and tenor Harold Clark. “I think it’s becoming a favorite tradition now, especially among Winter Texans,” said Kinsolving. “People start asking me about it way ahead of time, so I know they look forward to it.”

Concert attendees are urged to get their tickets early, as seating is limited. Tickets will be available at Paragraphs Bookstore on the Island or at Chapel by the Sea.

CONCERT INFO

Date: December 20, 2015

Time: TWO Shows: 5:00pm and 7:30pm

Event: “COUNTRY CHRISTMAS SHOW” with Brett Marshall and Chapel Friends

Where: Chapel By The Sea, South Padre Island, TX

Tickets: $10.00 minimum contribution (proceeds go to the We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust)

More info: 612-309-2651

 

Keep an eye on this blog, and “like” Laurin’s Facebook page to get the latest info: www.Facebook.com/welovelaurin.

If YOU have a fundraising idea you’d like to try, please let us know.

If you can give towards Laurin’s medical expenses, please make your check payable to “We Love Laurin Special Needs Trust” (this is for gift checks outside of the ad program described under Laurin’s Angels; ad program checks should be payable to “Melba’s”) and mail it to 605 N. McColl Circle, McAllen, TX 78501. You may also drop your gift checks at Melba’s Dance School during business hours.

If you’d prefer to give online, please use the “Donate” button below.

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