Utah Jazz Point Guard Williams

Honors Families of Wounded and Fallen

 

By Leland Slaughter

 

Published February 7, 2010

       

Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams, center, poses with the Chris Anglesey family Dec. 13 at a dinner honoring families of Utah's wounded and fallen.

Photo courtesy of Leland Slaughter

Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams, center, poses

with the Chris Anglesey family Dec. 13 at a dinner

honoring families of Utah's wounded and fallen.

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Jazz point Guard Deron Wiliams hosted a dinner Dec. 13 to honor military families who have had a parent or spouse killed or wounded in Operation Iraq Freedom /Operation Enduring Freedom.

The event was coordinated through Patti Ball with the Utah Jazz Community Affairs office; Williams’ charity foundation, Point of Hope; and Leland Slaughter with the Utah National Guard Survivor Outreach Services program.

Sixty-two individuals representing 16 families joined Williams at Fleming’s Steakhouse at the Gateway in Salt Lake City. Before dinner, Williams posed for pictures with individual families, and following the meal, he presented gifts to each family.

A few weeks before the event, the children were asked for their Christmas wish list. Williams, his wife and members of his foundation took the lists and did the shopping. At the dinner parents also received gift cards and goodies.

It was a great evening for all who attended. The families had a wonderful time and enjoyed meeting Williams and expressed appreciation for the efforts of Williams and the Jazz to sponsor the event.

"It was just a small way to show my appreciation for Soldiers and families who have sacrificed so much in protecting and preserving our freedoms we enjoy here in the United States of America," said Williams.

Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams, top left, honors the Collette Gourley Crandall family at a dinner for families of Utah's wounded and fallen.

Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams, top left, honors

 the Collette Gourley Crandall family at a dinner

for families of Utah's wounded and fallen.

Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams, center, and the Steven Jaeckel family Dec. 13 at a dinner honoring families of Utah's wounded and fallen.

Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams, center, and

the Steven Jaeckel family Dec. 13 at a dinner

honoring families of Utah's wounded and fallen.