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19th Annual CJR Invitational Golf Benefit
Posted 05/22/2014 04:00PM



        The 19th annual CJR Invitational Golf Benefit will be held on Monday, June 16, at the Torrington Country Club. Robert G. Phelan of Avon, Chairman and CEO of the Avon-based Litchfield Insurance Group, is Chairman of the event, and Gregory S. Oneglia of Litchfield, Vice Chairman of the Torrington-based O&G Industries, is Founding Chairman. The following individuals are Vice Chairmen of this year’s benefit:
  • John F. Boyd of Litchfield, Community Involvement

  • Bill Dranginis of Litchfield, Golf

  • Susan A. Levine of Litchfield, Publicity

  • Jennifer Parsons of Litchfield and Tina Posila of Wolcott, Prizes and Media Production

  • Louisa Roraback of Goshen, Volunteers

           Celebrity participants for the day include NBC-30 news anchors Gerry Brooks, Brad Drazen, and meteorologist Bob Maxon and political correspondent Tom Monahan.

           Top sponsors include the New Britain-based American Savings Foundation, which is the Premier Sponsor for the event, and the Litchfield Insurance Group, which is an Emerald Sponsor. The grand prize is a three-night, four day stay at the Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Jamaica, and includes round-trip airfare for two to the Caribbean, courtesy of an anonymous sponsor.

           This year’s Hole-in-One prize will be an automobile donated by the Mitchell Auto Group, with dealerships in the Farmington Valley and Litchfield Hills. A limited number of golf sponsorships are still available.

           Proceeds from the event will ultimately benefit some of Connecticut’s most vulnerable children and families. During the coming year, CJR will serve nearly 2,000 children and youth in 11 locations throughout Connecticut, including Danbury, East Hartford, Litchfield, Manchester, Meriden, New Britain, New Haven, Torrington, Waterbury and Winchester.            
           Last year’s CJR Invitational netted nearly $60,000, with cumulative funds raised by the event totaling more than $1.1 million in net proceeds.    

           “For 19 years, this benefit has been an important source of funds for CJR,” said Executive Director Daniel Rezende. He credited the leadership of an enthusiastic and devoted team of volunteers for the event’s longevity and continued success. “The loyal support that CJR receives from businesses, individuals and foundations as a result of this leadership has enabled us to conduct memorable events that have raised much-needed funds to provide quality services for the children and families we help through our programs,” he stated.

           Founding Chairman Gregory Oneglia, who established the CJR Invitational in 1996, expressed gratitude to the event sponsors for such loyal support over the past 19 years. “This event provides critical funds that are used to help some of Connecticut’s most disadvantaged boys, girls and families,” he stated. “The generosity and loyalty of our sponsors has enabled us to raise nearly $1.2 million in net proceeds as of this year,” he noted.

           According to CJR Invitational Chairman Bob Phelan, who has served in this capacity since 2006, the event is very fortunate to have such committed and dedicated volunteers and wonderful participation from the community. “We couldn’t be successful without our volunteers or our sponsors,” he stated, “and we are blessed to have a strong commitment from both,” he continued.

           Founded in 1904, the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) provides care, treatment, education and family support for at-risk, special needs and troubled young people so they can become productive and fulfilled members of their homes, schools and communities.

           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 CJR’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center, which is located on its Litchfield campus. Enhancement, transition and related services are also provided.

           CJR provides residential care for boys at its group homes in East Hartford and Winchester and short-term, residential crisis intervention for girls at its Center for Assessment, Respite and Enrichment (CARE) in Waterbury. A broad spectrum of prevention, early intervention, family support, and intensive home-based services, and aftercare programs are provided for boys and girls through CJR’s offices in Danbury, East Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, New Haven, New Britain, Torrington and Waterbury.

           A private charitable organization, the 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 (CSSD), 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, (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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