Holiday Dinner is this Sunday
650 expected for sixth annual holiday event
WILLIAMS - A large crowd is anticipated for this years' annual Community Holiday Dinner. The dinner, to be held Sunday at Doc Holliday's Steakhouse and Saloon at 950 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., takes place noon-3 p.m.
A number of civic organizations and other groups helped make this year's dinner a reality, said organizer Carol Glassburn.
"This is our sixth annual holiday dinner. Kiwanis started the holiday dinner six years ago. After the first two years, it kind of turned into a community holiday dinner where Rotary, Lions Club, everybody contributes," Glassburn said, adding that organizers expect to serve 650 people at this year's dinner.
"It's a complimentary meal for the community. Everybody is welcome. We'll have ham, turkey, dressing, potatoes, vegetables, and salad. All that," Glassburn said.
Every child in attendance will receive a Christmas gift from Santa Claus who will arrive on a fire truck at approximately 12 p.m., Glassburn said, courtesy of the WVFD. Smokey the Bear will also be on hand to celebrate the holiday season.
Glassburn said Tom Kennelly has been a tremendous help in organizing the event.
"We get money donations for the food and Tom Kennelly orders it at wholesale for us and then we pay Tom for the food," Glassburn said. "Tom just turns over his restaurant. He gives us his cooks. He doesn't charge us for all the drinks, the milk and coffee, everything we use of his, he doesn't charge us anything."
The American Legion will be serving the holiday meal, the Williams Lions Club will be handing out gifts and Kiwanis will be helping to cook the meal. Glassburn expects approximately 65 volunteers from the community to help as well.
"If people are interested in volunteering, we're asking that they bake cookies or something for the dessert portion of the meal," she said.
The event also features a raffle with 10 donated bicycles given away as prizes in different age groups.
Glassburn said she expects Arizona State Legislator Andy Tobin and Coconino County Sheriff Bill Pribble to attend the dinner as guests of honor. She encourages everybody in the community to attend the special event.
"Until you've been to one and seen it, you just don't know what it's really like," Glassburn said. "It's just really awesome to see. Everybody's happy. We've never had a problem. It's just a great big community gathering."
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