Manheim Catches UConn Fever At Annual YWCA Luncheon

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camryn1That UConn “bleed blue” fever seemed to have hit everyone at the Connecticut Convention Center Tuesday in the wake of Monday’s UConn Men’s Basketball Team NCAA championship win.

Even a well-known actress seemed to have caught the ‘Husky Hot!’

“I had planned to go to bed when I got to Hartford but I had to stay up and watch the game,” said actress Camryn Manheim, who was in town to speak at the Hartford Region YWCA’s annual “In the Company of Women” luncheon. “I got in Monday night and put on tv and watched with bated breath,” she said, referring to the late night game and UConn’s win over Kentucky. “I’m a full blown UConn fan now and told everyone they have to text me tonight on how the women do,” she said referring to Tuesday’s championship game between the UConn Women’s Basketball team and Notre Dame.”I can’t watch it, I’ll be on a plane headed back to California, but I want to know who wins.”

Manheim had more to talk about then just sports. Best known for her role as the strong-willed camryn2and plus-sized Ellenor Frutt in the former award-winning tv show “The Practice,” Manheim said she wished she had a strong female role model when she was growing up.

“I want to make sure I now put out a productive message,” said Manheim, credited with being an outspoken activist and an actress who broke the body size stereotype during her successful career.

“I think we have to impress on young women and young men, that what your body looks like is not what is important,” she said, as she signed issues of Hartford Magazine that included an interview with the 53-year-old. “It’s about do you do good service, are you a good person, do you contricamryn4bute to community.”

About 1,400 people attended the fundraiser that also included some pop-up shopping and the lunch featuring Manheim and chaired by Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson and Julie Trowbridge-Dillman.

And yes, there were lots of bleary –eyed people who agreed a late Monday night watching UConn win was more than worth it the loss of a few zzzs.

“With all the bad things that Connecticut seems to be known for lately, the UConn men and women’s teams have put Connecticut in a positive light and we needed it,” said Shannon McCay, a Bloomfield resident who was attending the luncheon for the first time. “We figure we can catch up on my sleep later in the week,” she said smiling. “Monday night and Tuesday night are all about basketball at my house. We want to make sure Kevin Ollie and Geno Auriemma and their teams know they are very worth staying up late for.”



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