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25th Annual CJR Invitational Golf Benefit tops $200,000 in net proceeds
Posted 08/12/2021 09:31AM

25th Annual CJR Invitational Golf Benefit tops $200,000 in net proceeds

Robert G. Phelan, Chair of the 25th Annual CJR Invitational Golf Benefit, recently announced that funds raised through the 2021 event, held on Monday, June 21 at the Torrington Country Club, topped $200,000 in net proceeds. Mr. Phelan, who has chaired the event since 2006, is Chairman and CEO of TriPoint, an Avon-based insurance company.   He indicated that cumulative proceeds raised through the CJR Invitational to benefit the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) a Litchfield-based organization that helps children, youth and families across the state, now exceed $1.7 million.

“This year’s fundraising success was significantly impacted by an anonymous $25,000 challenge gift in honor of the CJR Invitational’s 25th Anniversary and the role of Founding Chair, Gregory S. Oneglia, in establishing and sustaining the event for the benefit of CJR,” noted Mr. Phelan. Mr. Oneglia is Vice Chairman of the Torrington-based O&G Industries, Connecticut’s largest, privately held construction company.

“As a result of the anonymous challenge gift, CJR was the beneficiary of an amazing cascade of support from event sponsors, members of the Board and Advisory Council and the Litchfield community, as well as others who know and respect Greg as a community leader, friend and family member,” stated Matthew Karpas, Chairman of the organization’s Board of Directors. “The results of this year’s CJR Invitational are not only an incredible tribute to Greg as its Founding Chair, but also provide much-needed funds that were lost when CJR cancelled its fundraising events last year due to the pandemic,” he noted.

In addition to thanking Mr. Phelan and Mr. Oneglia for their many years of generous leadership as Chair and Founding Chair of the CJR Invitational, respectively, and for their continuing service on the CJR Board of Directors, Mr. Karpas recognized the volunteer members of the Golf Planning Committee for their important contributions to the success of the event:

  • John F. Boyd of Litchfield and Deborah Laviero of Bristol, Community Involvement
  • Jennifer Parsons of Litchfield, Prizes and Promotion
  • Louisa Roraback of Goshen, Volunteers
  • Jessica O. Travelstead of Litchfield, Sponsors
  • Martha Bernstein of Litchfield, CJR Board Development Committee Chair

 O&G Industries was the event’s $10,000 Diamond Level Sponsor and TriPoint was a $5,000 Emerald sponsor. Celebrity participants for the day included NBC Connecticut meteorologist Bob Maxon, retired news anchor Gerry Brooks, and retired political reporter, Tom Monahan, and ESPN SportsCenter anchor, Michael Eaves.

The Mitchell Auto Group, with dealerships in the Farmington Valley and Hartford area, donated an all-electric XC-40 Volvo Recharge as the Hole in One prize.

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 over the past 25 years that are now approaching $2 million,” 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 organization’s services,” he continued.

CJR President & CEO 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 is a private, charitable organization and 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, CJR’s combined programs in locations across Connecticut serve approximately 1,500 boys and girls annually.

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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