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.
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
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
"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,"