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Wine and Beer Tasting to Benefit CJR'S Torrington SAFE Program
Posted 10/15/2014 04:00PM


            The Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) will hold its second annual wine, beer and spirits tasting event on Friday, October 24, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the Torrington Elks Lodge (70 Litchfield Street).  Mark your calendar and plan to come sip, learn and enjoy – all for a great cause!  Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 at the door (cash or check accepted) on the evening of the event, and include wine and beer tasting and light hors d’oeuvres.   A tasting table featuring a variety of spirits is also planned for the evening and a silent auction will offer guests a variety of bidding opportunities.  All proceeds raised through this event will be used to provide educational, recreational and holiday activities for the 60 boys and girls enrolled in CJR’s Torrington-based Success Always Follows Education (SAFE) Program.  Tickets may be purchased by contacting Danielle Fines, at CJR’s Torrington Office (860) 482-7600; or by contacting Fran Spencer at CJR’s Litchfield Campus (860) 567-9423, ext. 278.

            Ponte’s Torringford Package Store is donating the wine, beer and spirits to be served at the tasting and is assisting the Junior Republic in holding the benefit.  “We are very grateful to Bill Ponte for this important contribution and for partnering with us to help the boys and girls we serve through our Torrington SAFE Program,” stated CJR Executive Director Daniel W. Rezende.   “We are also very proud that the culinary arts students in our Torrington SAFE Program are working with our chefs in Litchfield to help cater this event,” he continued.  The culinary arts program is one of several career-focused vocational opportunities that students can participate in through the Junior Republic’s SAFE/Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.  Mr. Rezende also extended appreciation to the Torrington Elks for their collaboration in planning the benefit.

            CJR’s Torrington SAFE Program serves middle school children referred by Torrington Schools and by parents.  Youth participate in after-school tutoring, vocational, educational, and recreational activities that help them focus on careers and on making responsible choices and avoiding risky behavior.  CJR also provides a Work-Based Learning Summer Program for these boys and girls.  “Many of our families have little in the way of funds for discretionary spending, and proceeds raised through this event will assist with students’ educational and basic needs, and will also help us provide holiday meals, gifts and celebrations for our SAFE youngsters and their families,” stated Mr. Rezende.  “Last year more than 200 guests attended this event and we are hoping that the community will turn out to support our Torrington Wine Tasting again this year,” he said.                   

            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. 

            Located at 168 South Main Street, CJR’s Torrington office is also home to its Multi-Systemic Therapy (MST) Program, which provides intensive home-based counseling and services for youth and families throughout Litchfield County; the Child, Youth and Family Support Center (CYFSC); and a new Wellness Center, which provides behavioral health services for children, youth and families from the Torrington and Northwest Connecticut region.  More than 300 young people are served annually through this program site.

            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.  Through its combined programs, the Junior Republic serves more than 2,500 children and families 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 (CSSD), the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), the Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS), and by Connecticut’s public schoolsFor 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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