July 31, 2014  

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Hattiesburg Restaurant Forms Partnership with Children’s Center

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The management and owners of Half Shell Oyster House in Hattiesburg are opening their hearts and wallets to support The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at the University of Southern Mississippi. 

On Saturday, March 22, Half Shell will donate 10 percent of its gross receipts from 4 p.m.-11 p.m. to The Children’s Center to support the Center’s transformative work with very young children with disabilities. 

Wayne McQueen, general manager of Half Shell’s Hattiesburg restaurant, has spent a lot of time getting to know the work and the people at The Children’s Center. “When my wife and I walked through the doors of The Children’s Center, we felt the positive energy and the hope. We were inspired by the staff and the families working so hard to help these young children get a great start in life.”

Half Shell plans to hold more events for The Children’s Center. “We are energized by this new partnership with Half Shell’s team, said Sarah Case-Price, the Center’s director.  “We’re looking forward to seeing friends and supporters from the greater Hattiesburg community at Half Shell on March 22.”

A United Way Agency, The Children’s Center is a model clinical education program in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences that serves children from birth through age 5 with a wide range of disabilities. Opened in 1974, The Children’s Center serves children and families, trains university and college students, and supports practicing professionals.

To learn more about The Children’s Center for Communication and Development, call 601.266.5222 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/early-intervention-childrens