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Second Annual Automobile Show to be Held at Junior Republic
Posted 09/12/2014 11:00AM


          Litchfield – On Sunday, October 12, 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 second 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 19.

          Union Savings Bank is the event’s $5,000 Concours Sponsor, and the single largest event donor to-date. Center Subaru of Torrington is the event’s $2,500 Grand Prix Sponsor and the Connecticut Community Foundation has pledged a $1,500 matching challenge grant to support the benefit. FM 97.3 WZBG is the Media Sponsor for the event.

          “We are very pleased to support the Connecticut Junior Republic, and the good works they do to help atrisk, special needs and troubled youths in our communities. The Cars for Kids show is a great time and we are excited to be a part of it! This is a wonderful family event, with cool cars, kids’ activities, farm animals and lots of activities for all ages,” noted Marie O’ Neill, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Union Savings Bank.

          Joseph Greco, Treasurer of the Connecticut Junior Republic’s Board of Directors and also 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 help of some very special friends and our sponsoring car clubs, we developed an excellent event. We are very pleased that the 2014 show is off to such a strong start,” he said.

          “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. We hope to have at least 250 automobiles and welcome antiques, ‘muscle cars,’ trucks, custom cars and street rods,” said Peter Rocco, Director of Public Relations for the Valley Collector Car Club. “We are looking to make this automobile show even bigger and better than our first year,” he continued. “We appreciate the interest and cooperation we are receiving from other organizations in the community and would like to see this benefit become an increasingly significant fundraiser and vehicle for enlightening others about the important work of the Junior Republic,” he said.

          According to CJR Executive Director Daniel Rezende, the car show is eagerly anticipated by students from several of CJR’s program locations. “Boys and girls from our Torrington and Waterbury Program will be helping out, along with students from our Litchfield residential programs and the Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center,” he noted. “Our young people enjoy being a part of this event and will help prepare and serve lunch, provide tours and assist with other parts of the event,” he said.

          Exhibitor bags will be provided for the first 200 show car participants. The first 100 exhibitors will also receive a dashboard plaque. Automobile entries are $10 per car. Trophies and awards will be presented at 2:30 P.M. Spectators are welcome and admission is $5 per car, (unlimited occupants). Overflow parking will be located at the Goshen Fairgrounds and a free shuttle service will be provided to the show.

          This event is for the exclusive benefit of the Connecticut Junior Republic and is suitable for the entire family with additional activities planned for young children, including face painting, pumpkin painting and farm tours. A luncheon consisting of a choice of a pulled pork or barbeque chicken breast sandwich plate will be prepared and served by students in CJR’s D’Assern Dining Room. A Food Court will offer show participants a variety of foods to “eat on the go,” including hot dogs, hamburgers, kielbasa, popcorn, cotton candy, pretzels and ice cream sandwiches. Tours of the CJR Campus and Farm will be provided by students.

          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 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 also 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 locations in Danbury, East Hartford, Manchester (two sites), Meriden, New Haven, New Britain (two sites), Torrington and Waterbury.

          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 (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, 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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