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Released April 23, 2004


HATTIESBURG -- Residents of South Mississippi will soon have the opportunity to view some of Hattiesburg's best-decorated homes, while contributing to a good cause.

The Canebrake residential community homes of Dr. and Mrs. Lance Line, Dr. and Mrs. Allen Gersh, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Simmons, and Mr. Jerry Fenton will be open for review during the Canebrake Subdivision Tour of Homes. Viewing is scheduled from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, with proceeds from the sale of tickets for the tour to benefit The Children's Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The Children's Center provides services throughout Mississippi for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with communication and developmental disabilities.

Presently, the center is holding a major fund-raising campaign to raise $350,000 to modify building space on the Hattiesburg campus to make it appropriate for its special population of children, graduate students, families, and trainees. These modifications will allow the center to make a difference in the lives of the children it serves, as well as the thousands of children who will ultimately be served by the graduates and practitioners who receive training for this very special population.

"I believe in the mission of the center," said Marcia Line, who is preparing her home for the upcoming tour. "If our house can be a blessing to the center's vision, that's what we want it to be."

"The Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg is proud to support the fund-raising efforts of the The Children's Center for Communication and Development at Southern Miss through its Tour of Homes," said Cheryl Fletcher. "The primary focus of Junior Auxiliary is to improve the lives of children in our community, and by supporting the center, we will be helping many very special and deserving children."

Tickets to tour all four homes are $25 per person and are tax deductible. Tickets may be purchased in Hattiesburg at Walnut Square Pharmacy, Classic Concepts, Anderson Carpet One, Heritage Lawn and Garden Center, and Southern Interiors, and in Columbia at the Brandon House.

Maps and directions will be available at the main Canebrake entrance. For more information, call The Children's Center for Communication and Development at Southern Miss, at 266-5222.


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April 23, 2004 12:44 PM