Vanessa Williams, Helen Williams At Amistad Luncheon

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If you thought all the increased traffic into Hartford on Saturday was just for the ING Hartford Marathon, you were wrong.

The Amistad Center for Art & Culture held their Phenomenal Woman Luncheon at the Hilton on Saturday, featuring special guests Vanessa Williams and her mom, Helen Williams, co-authors of “You Have No Idea.”

The event also honored the Connecticut Chapters of The Links, Inc., for their contributions to community and culture.

“We’re absolutley proud to be honored for our contributions to the arts in all of our communities throughout the state of Connecticut,” said Willena K. Price, president of the Greater Hartford Chapter of The Links.

“Links has always been in the forefront of serving the community, leading with excellence…Any opportunity to serve, to make our communites better is what we believe in.”

Guests included Diane Cloud, event chair; Mary Ann Slomski, consultant to the Amistad Center; Angelina Womack, 2012 Ebony Horsewomen Inc. Jr. Miss Rodeo Queen; Tanya Healis, Ebony Horsewomen chairwoman of the board; Pat Kelly, Ebony Horsewomen president and CEO; State Treasurer Denise Nappier; CCSU professor Wangari Gichiru; and Mrs. Connecticut 2012 Vanassa Sebastian.

“If I had a dollar for every time a Vanessa Williams song played growing up I’d be retired,” said Jennai Williams who was at the luncheon with her mom Kim Davis, a huge Vanessa Williams fan.

So with the release of the book, a skin care line for QVC, working on an album and starring in the new show, “666 Park Avenue” on ABC, Java had to wonder if Vanessa Williams has any free time?

“There’s not a lot of free time,” said Williams.”If I do get any free time it’s usually sitting down and doing a crossword puzzle in the sun. That’s kind of my go-to activity.”

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