Williams Day at Vincent Gray Fundraiser

Photo by RJ Smith
Vincent Gray  and Tony Williams
Vincent Gray and Tony Williams
It was Williams Day at Saturday’s Vincent Gray fundraiser at Againn Bistro as a few generations of Williamses came to greet the soon-to-be mayor.  It was the first time that former Mayor Anthony “Tony” Williams publicly showed his support for Gray, bringing along his new granddaughter, Naiya, who is just weeks old.
 
Tony’s mother Virginia E. Hayes Williams was among the first to encourage Gray last February to run for mayor. “Mrs. Williams has been reinstated as the First Mother of D.C.," Gray told the gathering of 100. “She has adopted me as her newest son.”  He recalled that Mrs. Williams came to almost every one of his meet-and-greet events.  “I even looked up when I was playing baseball one night and there she was in the stands,” Gray said.

 
Cora Masters Barry (Photo by: RJ Smith) Cora Masters Barry


Gray also talked about the District's acute fiscal problems. Williams, whose mayoral era was a time of developmental growth in the city, and financial heavyweight Alice M. Rivlin were recently named to Gray’s transition team.
 
Gray said he is not discounting the never-say-quit “Write-in Fenty” campaign. With a knowing nod, Williams, who won his reelection race for mayor eight years ago via a write-in vote  after problems with his nominating petitions, readily piped up, that yes, all such movements should be taken very seriously. 

 
Two mayors hug (Photo by: RJ Smith) Two mayors hug


Among the sponsors of the event were Diane Williams  (Tony’s wife), Jim and Mai Abdo,  Againn Bistro owner Mark Weiss, Georgetown's Curt and Debbie Winsor, Marc and Nancy Duber, Bob and Paula Hisaoka, Joe and Shell Galli, Debbi Yogodzinski and Ed Rogers.

 
Tony and Diane Williams --with great-grandmother Virginia Williams peeking from behind -- accept a basketful of stuffed animals for their new granddaughter from Lee Brian Reba (far right) and his mother, Arlene Reba. (Photo by: RJ Smith) Tony and Diane Williams --with great-grandmother Virginia Williams peeking from behind -- accept a basketful of stuffed animals for their new granddaughter from Lee Brian Reba (far right) and his mother, Arlene Reba.


A little surprise was Tony and Diane’s just-weeks-old granddaughter, the newest addition to the family, who snoozed as Gray lamented that she can’t vote yet.