In an effort to bring holiday cheer to families and their children with autism who were affected by Hurricane Sandy, Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams, his wife Amy, his foundation Point of Hope and Autism Speaks will host a special holiday event at Distilled in New York City on December 22, 2012. The Point of Hope Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life of children and their families.
Point of Hope selected more than 30 New York families who will be treated to a festive holiday celebration catered by Shane Lyons of Distilled. Shane is donating his talent and time to make the afternoon memorable.
“This is exactly what the Point of Hope Foundation is all about – bringing smiles to the faces of those who need our assistance while having a great time,” said Williams, a three-time NBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist. “We are excited to team up with Autism Speaks to brighten the holiday season for families, particularly following the hurricane.”
“It’s wonderful to celebrate the holidays with families from our community,” Liz Feld, president of Autism Speaks said. “And we are so excited to join Point of Hope and our friend Deron Williams to celebrate each other in such a meaningful way. We’re all one family.”
When Hurricane Sandy devastated the Northeast and left many without power, water and even shelter, over 2,000 families with special needs contacted us for help. Our Autism Cares program, which provides families with financial grants in response to natural disasters, was able to respond to their needs.
Thanks to our sponsors, friends and backers, Autism Speaks has been able to extend our support and attention far beyond our usual reach and help these families enjoy the holidays with their loved ones.
Autism Speaks wishes to thank all those who are helping to make this event extra special for our families.