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CJR to Hold 18th Annual Scholarship Dinner in Waterbury
Posted 05/22/2019 09:39AM


      On Wednesday, June 5, the Connecticut Junior Republic will hold its 18th Annual Scholarship Dinner at LaBella Vista in Waterbury, from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.  Proceeds raised through this event will provide scholarships for boys and girls who are associated with CJR’s programs in 11 locations throughout Connecticut.  The scholarships will assist students in obtaining a college, university, or technical school education.

      Tickets to the event are $30 per person, and include a buffet dinner of salad, pasta, chicken marsala, stuffed fillet of sole, potatoes, vegetables and chocolate mousse cake.  More than 200 sponsors, guests, scholarship recipients and family members are expected to attend.

      Scholarships will be awarded to 21 young people - with recipients from five of CJR’s program locations across Connecticut anticipated to receive awards.  Tickets may be purchased in advance until Wednesday, May 29, via CJR’s website:  Tickets will NOT be sold on the night of the Scholarship Dinner.

      “Last year CJR raised more than $56,000 in net proceeds through this event,” stated CJR Executive Director Daniel W. Rezende.  “This year we hope to do as well so we can provide at least as much support for our young people,” he said.  Mr. Rezende noted that CJR just received a $5,000 challenge grant from the David, Helen and Marian Woodward Fund (Watertown).  “I am optimistic that we will be able to fully match this very generous grant commitment,” he noted.  Founded in 1904, the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) provides care, treatment, education and family support for vulnerable at-risk, special needs and troubled young people so they may become productive and fulfilled members of their homes, schools and communities.  Today, the organization’s combined community-based and residential programs serve approximately 1,500 boys and girls annually.

      The Junior Republic conducts three residential programs for young men on its Litchfield campus, and longer term care at its REGIONS Program in Waterbury and Group Home in Winchester.  Regular, special, vocational and alternative education programs are provided for boys from communities throughout Connecticut at CJR’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center, which is located on its Litchfield campus.  Enhancement, transition and related services are also provided. CJR also provides educational services for a growing number of girls at its Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center campus in Bristol.

      A broad spectrum of prevention, early intervention, family support, and intensive, home-based service and aftercare programs are provided for boys and girls through CJR’s community locations in Danbury, East Hartford, Meriden, New London, New Britain, Torrington and Waterbury.  Behavioral and mental health services are provided at most of these locations, as well as Litchfield and by special arrangement at the Gilbert School in Winsted.

      A private charitable organization, the Connecticut Junior Republic is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).  CJR is supported by gifts from individuals, businesses, foundations and organizations, and through service contracts funded by the Judicial Branch Court Support Services Division (JBCSSD), the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), and by Connecticut’s public schools.  For further information, please contact Hedy Barton, Director of Development and Public Relations (860) 567-9423, extension 252; or by email:

  • Connecticut Junior Republic
  • 550 Goshen Road, P.O. Box 161
  • Litchfield, CT 06759
  • (860) 567-9423

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