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Annual CJR Invitational Golf Benefit to be Held June 17
Posted 06/13/2019 09:58AM


      The 24th annual CJR Invitational Golf Benefit will be held on Monday, June 17, at the Torrington Country Club, with a 12 noon shot gun start.  Robert G. Phelan of Avon, Chairman and CEO of TriPoint is Chairmanof the event.  Gregory S. Oneglia of Litchfield, Vice Chairman of the Torrington-based O&G Industries, is Founding Chairman.  O&G Industries is Connecticut’s largest, privately held construction company.  The following individuals are Vice Chairs of this year’s benefit:

  • John F. Boyd of Litchfield, Community Involvement

  • Jennifer Parsons of Litchfield, Prizes and Promotion

  • Louisa Roraback of Goshen, Volunteers

  • Jessica O. Travelstead, Sponsors

      TriPoint is the Premier Sponsor for the event.  Celebrity participants for the day include NBC Connecticut meteorologist Bob Maxon, recently-retired news anchor Gerry Brooks, and retired political reporter, Tom Monahan.  The Mitchell Auto Group, with dealerships in the Farmington Valley and Hartford area, will donate an automobile for a Hole in One contest.

      According to Event Chairman Robert Phelan, net proceeds of more than $60,000 are anticipated for this year’s event.  Mr. Phelan indicated that all monies raised will benefit the approximately 1,500 at-risk, special needs and troubled children, youth and families that the Junior Republic serves annually in 11 locations across Connecticut.

     The CJR Invitational was established by Gregory Oneglia in 1996.  Mr. Oneglia expressed particular gratitude to this year’s sponsors, a number of which have supported the benefit annually since its inception.  “We are very fortunate to have such loyal and generous participants,” he stated.  “Our sponsors have helped us raise cumulative net proceeds that will exceed $1.5 million this year,” he noted.

      Event Chair Robert Phelan credited a dedicated and experienced team of volunteers for the benefit’s record of success.  “Some of our volunteers have been associated with the CJR Invitational since it was established in 1996,” he stated.  “We all share a commitment to helping CJR,” he said, “and the vulnerable Connecticut young people and families who benefit from the Junior Republic’s services,” he continued.

      CJR Executive Director Daniel Rezende thanked the event’s volunteers for their service.  “The outstanding leadership provided by Greg Oneglia, Bob Phelan and our entire volunteer team, enables us to provide a memorable day for our golfers and to raise significant and much-needed support to help some of Connecticut’s most disadvantaged children and youth,” 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 programs serve approximately 1,500 boys and girls annually.

      The Junior Republic conducts three residential programs for young men on its Litchfield campus, and provides longer term care at its Group Home in Winchester and REGIONS Program in Waterbury.  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 girls at its Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center in Bristol.

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

      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:

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

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