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7th Annual Automobile Show to be Held at Junior Republic
Posted 09/25/2019 10:23AM


      Litchfield – On Sunday, October 13, the Valley Collector Car Club (VCCC), and the Litchfield Hills Historical Automobile Club (LHHAC) will collaborate with the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) in presenting the 7th Annual Cars for Kids Automobile Show.  This event will be held on the Junior Republic’s Litchfield campus on Route 63, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with gates opening at 8:00 AM for exhibitors.  The rain date for the event is Sunday, October 20.  The first 100 exhibitors will receive a dashboard plaque.  The initial 200 show car registrants will receive exhibitor bags.  Show car entries are $10 per car.  More than 20 trophies and awards will be presented at approximately 2:30 PM.  Spectator admission is $5 per car with unlimited occupancy.

      CJR students will serve breakfast and lunch in the D’Assern Dining Room, including the CJR chefs’ popular breakfast sandwiches and a choice of pulled pork or breaded chicken breast sandwich plates.  A Food Court will offer a variety of foods to “eat on the go,” including hot dogs, hamburgers, popcorn, pretzels and ice cream sandwiches.  The Litchfield Aid of CJR will offer spectacular home-baked cakes, cookies and other delicious items at its Annual Bake Sale.

      Union Savings Bank is the event’s Concours Sponsor and FM 97.3 WZBG is the Media Sponsor.  This event is suitable for the entire family and a variety of activities are planned for young children, including face and pumpkin painting, a scavenger hunt, farm tours and hay rides.  Proceeds from the show will benefit the Junior Republic.

      “Union Savings Bank is honored to support CJR and their Cars for Kids family event.  Educating and enriching the lives of our youth is extremely important and we applaud CJR for their efforts in making a difference in the communities we both serve,” said Rick Judd, Executive Vice President for Union Savings Bank and Vice President of the CJR Board of Directors.

      Joseph Greco, Chair of the Steering Committee for the Cars for Kids Automobile Show, expressed optimism about the success of this year’s benefit.  “Last year, with the leadership of some very special friends, including Union Savings Bank and FM 97.3 WZBG, local businesses, and our sponsoring car clubs, we raised nearly $25,000 in net proceeds,” he reported.  Mr. Greco noted that CJR’s Car Show has featured up to 350 show cars, over 800 spectators and the involvement of more than 100 volunteers, including CJR students and staff.

      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.

      “This show welcomes antiques, muscle cars, trucks, custom cars, exotics and street rods, and we hope to have at least 350 exhibitors this year,” said Glenn Royals, President of the Litchfield Hills Historical Automobile Club.

      Richard Dabrowski, President of the Simsbury-based Valley Collector Car Club, is optimistic that the 2019 benefit will be a success.  “The setting and the amenities make this show a destination event, and one that our Club is very pleased to take a leadership role in supporting,” he noted.

      According to CJR Executive Director Daniel Rezende, the Cars for Kids Automobile Show will include the participation of students from several of CJR’s program locations.  “Young people from our Litchfield campus and community programs look forward to preparing and serving lunch, assisting with tours and other parts of the show,” he said.  “We are very grateful for all the support we receive from the community,” said Mr. Rezende.  “This show is an increasingly significant fundraiser and an important vehicle for showcasing the work of the Junior Republic,” he stated.

      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.  CJR’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center provides regular, special, vocational and alternative education programs for boys in Litchfield and girls in Bristol.  Enhancement, transition and related services are also provided.

      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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