HATTIESBURG - The
University of Southern Mississippi Children's Center for Communication
and Development scored big Tuesday with a donation from an alumnus
known for scoring big on the football field.
Founded by former Southern Miss and current Green
Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre and his wife, Deanna, the Brett
Favre Forward Foundation provided $25,000 to the center to be used
for construction of therapy rooms for clients and observation rooms
for parents of children who receive services at the center.
"Our foundation works with disabled and disadvantaged
children," said Deanna Favre, who presented the check to the
center's co-director, Margaret Buttross-Brinegar, and a former client
of the center, Andy Kodger. "I liked what I saw (after touring
the center), the quality of the teachers and the instruction, and
how they prepare the children to transition to schools. Obviously,
it's a very worthy cause."
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.
The Brett Favre Forward Foundation has contributed
approximately $200,000 to charities so far in 2004, both in Mississippi
and in Wisconsin. Some of the recipients of the foundation's generosity
include the Salvation Army, the Association for Retarded Citizens
and Hope Haven (a home for neglected and abused children) among
"We're very honored to receive this gift,"
Buttross-Brinegar said. "The Favre Foundation has done some
really great work in our community."