3rd ANNUAL AUTOMOBILE SHOW RAISES NEARLY $25,000 FOR JUNIOR REPUBLIC
Litchfield – Joseph J. Greco, Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Cars for Kids Automobile Show to benefit the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR), has announced that the 2015 event raised nearly $25,000 in net proceeds. All funds will benefit the Junior Republic’s residential and community-based care, treatment and education programs for at-risk, special needs and troubled young people in 12 locations across Connecticut.
Held on Sunday, October 11, this annual event was conducted in collaboration with the Valley Collector Car Club (VCCC), and the Litchfield Hills Historical Automobile Club (LHHAC). Both clubs have assisted with the benefit since its inception in 2013, and actively participate in the planning and promotion of the event throughout the year. This year’s total announced net proceeds include a gift of $700 from the Litchfield Aid of CJR, representing the results of a bake sale Aid members held at the event. Nearly $1,000 was also raised through sales at CJR’s Roadside Market on the day of the event and is not included in the announced net proceeds.
Union Savings Bank was the event’s Concours Sponsor and FM 97.3 WZBG was the Media Sponsor for the 2015 event. Sponsorships ranged from $25 to $5,000, and represented businesses, car dealerships, and individuals and foundations from communities throughout Connecticut.
According to Mr. Greco, the 2015 event continued a trajectory of success that began when the event was established in 2013, and all areas of participation significantly exceeded results achieved in 2014. Exhibited cars increased to 310 – significantly more than the 257 cars exhibited in 2014. Spectator attendance more than doubled to approximately 775 children and adults and net proceeds increased from $19,000 in 2014 to nearly $25,000 for 2015.
Glenn Royals, President of the Litchfield Hills Historical Automobile Club, expects this trend to continue into 2016. “This show is becoming a destination event,” he stated. “The facilities and food options are outstanding; CJR provides excellent organization; and the day provides a great opportunity to socialize with others who appreciate historic automobiles,” he continued.
The Cars for Kids Automobile Show will be held next year with the assistance of the two sponsoring car clubs on Sunday, October 9, with a rain date of Sunday, October 16, 2016.
“The Connecticut Junior Republic is deeply grateful to the Valley Collector Car Club and the Litchfield Hills Historical Automobile Club for making this event possible,” stated Declan Murphy, President of the Connecticut Junior Republic’s Board of Directors. “It is tremendously important to CJR for the funds raised, but perhaps even more significantly, it affords the opportunity to share our campus and programs with the community so the public is better informed about the services we provide to help children, youth and families,” he noted.
Both the Litchfield Hills Historical Automobile Club and the Valley Collector Car Club are non-profit groups dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of classic automobiles and to supporting charities in the community.
According to CJR Executive Director Daniel Rezende, the Cars for Kids Automobile Show is eagerly anticipated by students from multiple CJR’s program locations. “Boys and girls from our Torrington and Waterbury Programs help serve lunch in the dining room, and boys from our Litchfield residential programs and the Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center provide tours and help judge cars with their auto-shop instructor,” he noted.
Founded in 1904, the Connecticut Junior Republic (
The Junior Republic conducts residential programs for court-referred young men on its Litchfield campus. Regular, special, vocational and alternative education programs are provided for boys from communities throughout Connecticut at
A private charitable organization, the Connecticut Junior Republic is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (