One visit to the Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi in 2004 was all it took to get a financial contribution from Deanna Favre and the Favre 4 Hope Foundation.
That initial donation has become an annual commitment from the Favre 4 Hope Foundation which recently made another $10,000 contribution to the Children’s Center. Since 2005 the Favre 4 Hope Foundation has awarded $80,000 to the center.
“The children just tugged at my heart,” said Deanna Favre, wife of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. “I left there so impressed with the services the center provides for children from all over the state of Mississippi.
“(Director) Margaret Buttross-Brinegar and her staff were so passionate about what they were doing, and I could see it was really making a difference in the lives of the children and their families. I wanted our foundation to be a part of their efforts.”
To date, the Favre 4 Hope Foundation has disbursed more than $4 million to partner charities. In Mississippi those charities include the Children’s Center; Make a Wish and Special Olympics; Hope Haven Children’s Home in Bay St. Louis; Association for the Rights of Citizens with Disabilities and the Pink Ribbon Fund of Hattiesburg.
The Children’s Center, a United Way agency, opened its doors in 1974 and currently serves approximately 80 children from the South Mississippi area. The center provides an interdisciplinary team approach to the assessment and treatment of communicatively and developmentally delayed children (birth to 5 years).
“Realizing that the Children’s Center is one of only eight charities the Favre 4 Hope Foundation has chosen to support is very gratifying and humbling,” said Buttross-Brinegar. “It is an honor and a privilege to partner with the Favres and their foundation in assisting Mississippi children with developmental disabilities and their families. Through their assistance positive differences are made in so many lives through the mission of the Children’s Center.”
Deanna Favre said the commitment to helping children in need began during a mealtime conversation with her husband in 1997.
“Brett and I were sitting in the kitchen talking about how blessed we were and how we wanted to be able to give back to our communities,” she said. “That day made us recommit our efforts to help disadvantaged and disabled children.”
For more information about the Children’s Center call 601-266-5222 or visit www.usm.edu/childrenscenter/index.htm
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, far right, is pictured with his wife, Deanna, second from left, and his daughters, Brittany, far left, and Breleigh. (Submitted photo)
About The University of Southern Mississippi
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