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Litchfield Aid Holds Annual Meeting: Record Gift to CJR and New Officers Announced
Posted 05/05/2015 01:15PM


         At its annual meeting on April 21, the Litchfield Aid of CJR announced a record-breaking gift – totaling more than $118,000 – to the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR).  This gift represents proceeds from the Aid’s High Style in the Hills Gala Fashion Show, as well as funds from the Aid’s endowment and contributions from members, and exceeds all previous annual contributions that the Aid has made to the Junior Republic.

         Approximately $113,000 of this contribution will be used to make important improvements to CJR’s programs and facilities.  Projects to be funded include capital improvements to CJR’s Litchfield campus, Torrington Program and Winchester Group Home; after school culinary arts classes; music classes for students enrolled in CJR’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center; as well as additional funds to support CJR’s new Wellness Center Program and to provide behavioral and mental health services for children, youth and families lacking adequate insurance coverage and resources to pay for such care.  An additional gift of more than $4,700 from the Litchfield Aid’s Caroline Lillie Fund will assist in providing scholarships to help CJR alumni attend college or technical school after graduating high school.  Funds were also contributed to the library of CJR’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center in memory of Aid members who passed away during the year.

         CJR President, Patrick J. Boland, expressed gratitude to the Aid for its exceptional support of the Junior Republic and for inspiring the generosity of others in the community for more than 100 years.  “The funds donated by the Litchfield Aid make a vital difference to CJR’s work with young people from communities throughout Connecticut,” he noted.  “The role that Aid members fulfill as goodwill ambassadors in the community has never been more important to CJR than it is today,” he continued.  According to Mr. Boland, countless friends and supporters have been introduced to the organization through their participation in Aid events.  Mr. Boland also expressed special appreciation to outgoing President Julith Sink, for her leadership and dedication and congratulated Ms. Sink and Ms. McCann on the tremendous success of the Aid’s October, 2014 High Style in the Hills Gala Fashion Show – for which they served as co-chairs.  

         “The Litchfield Aid is historically CJR’s most committed and longstanding friend,” stated CJR Executive Director Daniel Rezende.  “Its members have contributed more than a century of amazing service on behalf of the Junior Republic and the young people we serve, as well as millions of dollars to support improvements to CJR’s programs, services and facilities,” he continued.                                                                               

         At its annual meeting, the Litchfield Aid elected officers for the 2015-2016 year.  Pamela McCann of Litchfield is President.  She is retired Division Vice President, Verizon and co-owner of JoBird Yoga Bags. Ruthann Olsson of Norfolk is First Vice President.  She is the owner of Interior Arts & Design. Laura Lasker of Goshen is Recording Secretary.  She is an art teacher, Woodbury Regional School District.  Ms. Lasker is also a dog portrait artist and owner of   Kathleen Van Ormer of Litchfield is Treasurer.  She is Vice President and Operations Manager, Wealth Management, Union Savings Bank.   Roberta Witty of Litchfield is Assistant Treasurer.  She is Research Vice President at Gartner, Inc. 

         A voluntary organization comprised of approximately 100 active 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 millions of dollars which ultimately benefit the children, youth and families served by the Junior Republic.

         According to Pam McCann, the newly elected President, the Litchfield Aid is currently planning its next major event for spring of 2016.  “We expect to be able to announce our plans shortly,” she stated.

         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.  Today, the organization’s combined programs serve more than 2,500 boys and girls annually in 12 locations throughout Connecticut.

         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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