Food, friendship and enthusiasm for a great cause are the bedrock of the partnership born in 2011 between Newk's Cafe and The Children's Center for Communication at Development at Southern Miss. Newk's, and general manager David Cullop, a Children's Center alumni dad, has turned the third Thursdays of each month at his Newk's restaurant into “Third Thursday for The Children's Center.”
Since September 2011, Cullop has given The Children's Center a percentage of his gross sales between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Cullop noted that his son is a “graduate” of The Children's Center and is now a thriving first-grader. “"I am so appreciative of what The Children's Center did for my son and for what they do for every child they serve.”
February 19 is the next “Third Thursday for The Children's Center.” Newk's monthly gift is based on all sales, whether dine-in or take-out.
Sarah Case-Price, the Center director, says Newk's Third Thursdays give the Center even more than financial support. “Our families, staff, and board members look forward to ‘Third Thursdays for The Children's Center' as a monthly celebration of our important work for young children with disabilities,” said Price. “We are so grateful for David's support and for the support of his staff and patrons.”
A United Way agency, The Children's Center is a clinical program within the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Southern Miss that provides transdisciplinary early intervention services for children with disabilities, ages birth through age 5. For more information call 601.266.5222 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/early-intervention-childrensCopyright 2015 WDAM. All rights reserved.