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Connecticut Junior Republic Receives $241,000 Gift from The Litchfield Aid
Posted 12/31/2019 11:25AM

Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) Receives $241,000 Gift from The Litchfield Aid

At The Litchfield Aid of CJR’s annual meeting, President Patricia Hearn presented a record annual gift of $241,000 to Connecticut Junior Republic Board Chairman Matthew Karpas and President & CEO Daniel Rezende.  This gift included more than $197,000 in proceeds from The Aid’s signature event, 300 Years of Architecture:  The Litchfield Open House & Garden Tour, held on July 12 and 13, 2019, as well as funds from The Aid’s endowment, contributions from members, and proceeds from its October Bake Sale at CJR’s Cars for Kids Automobile Show. 

The Aid’s 2019 gift represents the largest annual contribution that The Aid has ever made to CJR and brings cumulative contributions made by The Litchfield Aid to nearly $3 million.  The Aid’s 2019 gift will assist CJR in providing behavioral and mental health services for young people and families through its rapidly growing Wellness Center Program; educational services for girls on its Bristol campus and for boys on its Litchfield campus and at CJR’s new REGIONS residential program in Waterbury; early intervention and prevention services for at-risk boys and girls; and educational services to help ensure that students are able to graduate from high school.  The Aid also provided funds for scholarships to help CJR students and alumni obtain a college or technical education after graduating high school.

Mr. Karpas expressed gratitude to The Litchfield Aid for its exceptional support of the Junior Republic and for inspiring the generosity of others in the community for nearly 110 years.  “The funds donated by The Aid assist CJR in providing a uniquely supportive and therapeutic environment for young people and one that offers a variety of educational opportunities to meet individual needs,” he noted.  “Litchfield Aid members also fulfill an important role in the community as goodwill and public awareness ambassadors, and this assistance has never been more important to CJR than it is today,” he stated.  According to Mr. Karpas, countless friends and supporters have been introduced to the organization through their participation in Litchfield Aid events, particularly the Litchfield Open House & Garden Tour.  He expressed special appreciation to President Patricia Hearn, for her leadership of The Aid; to Marla Patterson, who chaired the Litchfield House & Garden Tour; and to Deborah and Declan Murphy, who chaired the Honorary Committee and sponsorship fundraising for the event.

“The  Litchfield Aid is CJR’s oldest, most committed and dedicated friend,” stated CJR President & CEO Daniel Rezende.  “Its members have contributed an impressive 108 years of service on behalf of CJR and the young people we serve, and their efforts have generated millions of dollars in improvements to CJR’s programs, services and facilities,” he noted. 

Litchfield Aid officers completing two year terms at the end of 2019 year are:  President Patricia Hearn of Goshen; Vice President Laura Lasker of Litchfield; Recording Secretary Pamela McCann of Litchfield; Treasurer Kathleen VanOrmer of Litchfield; and Assistant Treasurer Roberta Witty, also of Litchfield.   

New and continuing officers for two year terms commencing January 1, 2020 are as follows:  Patricia Hearn of Goshen, President; Susan Vontell of Morris, Vice President;  Paula Rolleston of Litchfield, Recording Secretary; Kathleen VanOrmer of Litchfield, Treasurer; and Heidi Volmer of Goshen, Assistant Treasurer.

A voluntary organization comprised of approximately 100 members, The Litchfield Aid was established in 1911, just seven years after the founding of the Connecticut Junior Republic, for the sole purpose of supporting CJR programs and facilities.  Since that time, The Aid has raised more than $2.5 million to ultimately benefit the children, youth and families served by CJR.  “It is a privilege and an honor to be leading such a talented, enthusiastic and dedicated group of individuals,” stated Ms. Hearn.  “We all believe in CJR’s mission of service to help children and families and our accomplishments are inspired by CJR’s work,” she continued.

According to Ms. Hearn, The Litchfield Aid is planning its next major benefit for autumn of 2020.  She indicated that more information about the event will be announced early in the year.

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 can become productive and fulfilled members of their homes, schools and communities.  The organization’s programs serve approximately 1,500 boys and girls annually in 11 locations throughout Connecticut.

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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