The New Britain Artists’ Co-op sponsored a fundraiser brunch Tuesday featuring Former UConn Women Basketball Star, Jamelle Elliot, at the Visitor’s Center, 66 West Main St.
Elliot, who was on the first UConn women’s basketball championship team, mingled with the crowd and spoke about her time in college and her family including cousin Adrian Elliot.
Adrian Elliot, is a member of the Co-op and Executive Assistant of the Queen Ann Nzinga Center.
The Elliot cousins are both originally from Washington D.C.
Jamelle Elliot came to Connecticut in 1992 to play for UConn. She later was an assistant coach and left five years ago to become head coach for the University of Cincinnati.
“When I was here, Adrian came to CT to move in with me,” said Jamelle. “When I moved to Cincinnati she decided to stay and live in the co-op.”
Adrian actually was the one who started Jamelle playing basketball.
“She is my older cousin,” said Jamelle. “I used to follow her around.”
Adrian played for Georgetown and encouraged Jamelle to join a Big East team.
“I fell in love with Geno (Auriemma) and what he was trying to do back then and does now,” said Jamelle. “I’m here now to support all the things Adrian does in New Britain.”
Adrian, has an undergraduate degree in Informational Design and is going for her master’s degree at Central Connecticut State University.
“I am going to stay in New Britain,” said Adrian. “I have only felt welcome. Mayor Stewart has appointed me a commissioner for the arts for the City.”
The Tuesday event had about 50 people and was a way to show off the art the Co-op has to offer.
Also, on display were Jamelle’s championship rings. Up for raffle were various UConn collectibles including a team autographed basketball. Don Papesh cooked a variety of food for the brunch including eggs, French toast, talapia, salmon cakes, kielbasa and salads.
The proceeds from this fundraiser will be used to complete a mural, as well as purchase materials for our Oktoberfest Art Exhibit (Sept. 12-20).
The Co-op wants to send a special ‘thank you’ to its supporters at: New Britain City Hall, Downtown District, Greater New Britain Arts Alliance, Cafe Beauregard, Leaves & Pages, and Ms. Washington Diner.
To learn more about the Co-op, go to www.nbartco.com