HARTFORD — Roughly 100 people came to the Hall of Flags tonight for a celebration of Portuguese culture, where special citations where awarded to people who have contributed significantly to the Portuguese community in Connecticut. The event, hosted by WTIC-AM reporter Angela Dias, was organized by state Rep. Rosa Rebimbas and Fernando Rosa, vice chairman of the Portuguese-American Leadership Council of the United States. Many folks from Naugatuck, home to a large Portuguese population, made the trip to Hartford. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal and state Comptroller Nancy Wyman where among the state officials, along with state representatives Christopher Coutu and Jason Perillo. Blumenthal praised the Portuguese for their “enduring” contributions to life in Connecticut, and Wyman credited the Portuguese for their work ethic. Rebimbas, a first-term legislator, continued her strong showing in Hartford — Blumenthal gave her a nod — by praising the night’s three honorees — Americo S. Ventura, Dr. Adriano Veiga, and Dr. Antonio A. Cirurgiao. The event ended with a spirited performance from Rancho Folclorico of the Portuguese Club of Hartford, one of the oldest groups on the East Coast.