Green Bay Packer D.J. Williams and the Williams family are honorees at the 7th Annual Amethyst Ball, which benefits the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV).
The ball is being held from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Peabody Hotel ballroom. It's theme is "Finding a New Direction for Peace."
Williams and his family fled their Carrollton, Texas home in September 1999 after his mother, Vicky Williams, spent years as a victim of domestic violence. Fearing for her life, Williams laid out a map and told young D.J. to pick the city that the mother and her three children would begin to call home. D.J.'s selection landed the family in Little Rock.
For her courage to escape the abusive environment and her subsequent success in raising her children in a peaceful home, Williams and her children will receive a special award at the Amethyst Ball.
The ball is ACADV's main fundraiser for the year, as it works to eliminate domestic violence and promote healthy families, in partnership with domestic violence shelters around the state of Arkansas.
October is a fitting time for the ball because it is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
There will be heavy hors d' ovuevres, entertainment by the Shannon Boshears Band, as well as silent and live auctions. Tickets are $100. For tickets to the Amethyst Ball, call (501) 907.5612 or click here.
For victims of abuse who need immediate assistance, call 911 There are also local hotlines available throughout the state. Those telephone numbers can also be found online (click here). The national hotline is 800-799-SAFE (7233) and the Teen Dating Abuse Helpline is 866-331-9474.
About the Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence
The Arkansas Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ACADV) is a nonprofit organization that has served both rural and urban areas of Arkansas since its inception in 1981. The membership consists of domestic violence service providers and others who demonstrate support for the philosophy, goals and objectives of the ACADV.
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