David L. Hubbard Foundation’s New Year’s Eve Ball will benefit JROTC

Published 3:39 pm Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Ring in the New Year while also aiding local students.

Beginning at 8 p.m. Dec. 31, the third annual New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball benefiting the David L. Hubbard Foundation will be held at the Vicksburg Auditorium.

Founded by Hubbard’s daughter, Shonna Hubbard-Morton, the foundation aids JROTC students who plan to continue their military service.

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“I did some research and I found out that the JROTC here in Vicksburg, the one at Vicksburg High and the one at Warren Central, had never had anyone to cater to just the cadets,” Hubbard-Morton said, “So I thought this could be a way to give back to the community on my father’s behalf, every year.”

Hubbard, who died in 2007, served in the U.S. Army for 32 years, and he also worked in security for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg after his retirement in 1988.

In the past two years, Hubbard-Morton said, the foundation has awarded scholarships to Army JROTC and Navy JROTC Cadets at both Vicksburg High School and Warren Central High School.

“Since its inception, six former Army JROTC and Navy JROTC students have been able to further their academic careers, thanks in part to the scholarships,” she said.

Although the New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball is the primary fund raiser for the DLH Foundation, Hubbard-Morton said, other fund raisers are held throughout the year and the foundation has also been sponsored in the past and present by the City of Vicksburg; Outside the Box Business Center LLC; Dawn Stephenson of Timeless Eventz and Catering LLC (and Woman Boss Apparel); Brenda Love of Love Realty of MS LLC; Atwood Chevrolet; John Hennessey of Hennessey, Thames and Leavitt Insurance Agency; Shape Up Sisters; Edible Arrangements; Jefferson Funeral Home; The Lakeview Funeral Home; Cannon Motors of Mississippi; Mary Rantisi at One Time Fashions; Lillian Porter at Children’s Education Station; At Home Care Inc. of Port Gibson; Hubbard Financial Solutions LLC; The Open Market of Vicksburg; iStudio 901 of Memphis; Bancorp South; Reed’s Consulting LLC; The Vicksburg Post; Courtney Reed of Fix Fitness Center and Shonna’s Nails, Hair & More LLC.

The theme for this year’s ball is “Harlem Nights Edition,” Hubbard-Morton said, and decorations will be in the style of the 1920s.

The event will include live entertainment by Soul Sessions featuring Amira Carey, dinner by S and B Catering and a champagne toast at midnight. Cash prize awards will also be given to the male and female attendees who are best dressed for the 1920’s time period.

Advance tickets are $30 and are available at Michel’s Record Shop, 1417 Washington St., Shonna’s Nails, Hair & More, 1910 Drummond St. or by calling 601-301-0513.

Tickets will also be available at the door for $35.

For more information about the New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball or how to help support the DLH Foundation’s JROTC Scholarship Award program, call Shonna Hubbard-Morton at 601-301-0513.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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