For the seventh year, the DuBard School will celebrate the gift of language in true speakeasy fashion. This event recognizes the 55+ years of service DuBard School has provided to individuals by helping them to “speak easy.”
The DuBard School Speakeasy is a night of music, food, drinks and dancing – all while spreading the good news of the school and the life-changing DuBard Association Method.
The DuBard School for Language Disorders is a gem to south Mississippi that provides free full-time speech-language services to approximately 80 students each year. Students ages three to 13 attend DuBard School from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and receive intensive speech-language therapy integrated with their traditional schoolwork. To help fund these specialty services, the DuBard School relies on contributions from United Way, private foundations, corporations, and donations from friends of the school – many of which became aware of DuBard School through the Speakeasy event. This is why the Speak-easy is deemed a “friend-raiser.” The anticipation is that those in attendance will have the time of their lives and become forever friends and advocates of the school.
Supporters of the school not only help local students but individuals throughout the country. Professional development outreach allows the DuBard Association Method to extend beyond the walls of the school. The phonetic, multisensory teaching-learning strategy was designed for students with language deficiencies. It was devised originally by the late Mildred McGinnis and has been modified and expanded by the late Etoile DuBard and the staff of the DuBard School. The method teaches language to individuals beginning with one sound at a time. To date, this method has been taught to professionals in 38 states and is changing the lives of students all over the world.
Friends from throughout the area will be gathering to celebrate the DuBard School from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the 1920s-themed event at the Bottling Company in downtown Hattiesburg. There will be a jazz band, themed dancers from Art Makes Art, heavy hors d'oeuvres, and Prohibition-inspired cocktails. Those who are looking to make it into an overnight experience can book the Speakeasy Stay & Play package with Hotel Indigo and receive complimentary transportation to and from the event, two drinks at Brass Hat and breakfast the next morning.
Guests will be given Monopoly money and will have the opportunity to try their hand at roulette in the upstairs area, provided by King Cabbage Sponsor Keesler Federal Credit Union. All the excitement will be captured in the Magic Mirror digital photo booth with Carter’s Jewelry of Petal providing special accessories for the booth. Additionally, one lucky attendee could leave with a jewel. Tickets are available online to purchase a drawing entry for a 2.89-carat art deco ring generously donated by Carter’s Jewelry. Each detail of the Speakeasy is carefully crafted to create a memorable experience for attendees. All of this is made possible by the Big Cheese Sponsor, Mississippi Power.
Tickets are available online at dubardschoolspeakeasy.com. Event tickets are $40 through Oct. 2. Tickets will be available at the event for $45. Guests can purchase a drink ticket for $10 to have access to unlimited bar beverages throughout the evening. Attendees must be 21 and older to attend.
Housed on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi, the DuBard School for Language Disorders is a clinical division of the School of Speech and Hearing Sciences and serves more than 450 families annually.