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CJR to Hold 14th Annual Scholarship Dinner in Waterbury
Posted 05/29/2015 04:00PM


         On Thursday, June 4th, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, the Connecticut Junior Republic will hold its 14th Annual Scholarship Dinner at Fatima Hall in Waterbury, located at 2071 Baldwin Street.  Proceeds raised through this event will provide scholarships for boys and girls who are associated with CJR’s 24 programs in 12 locations throughout Connecticut.  CJR scholarships enable students to attend a college, university, or technical school. Scholarships are also given to students who have committed to serve their country in the United States Armed Forces or Job Corps, and need financial assistance in fulfilling this commitment.  

         The pasta dinner will be catered and served by students enrolled in the CJR Waterbury Program’s vocational culinary arts class, under the supervision of chef-instructors Michael Louchen and Kirk Palladino.  Tickets to the dinner are $20 per person, and include generous portions of pasta, salad, bread, dessert, and a beverage. 

         The keynote speaker for the event is Samantha Nicole Velez, Senior Marketing Associate at Cigna.  Ms. Velez is a past scholarship award recipient and a past participant in CJR’s Safe Schools Healthy Students Program.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a minor in psychology at the University of Connecticut and is currently pursuing her Masters of Business Administration at the University of Hartford.  Entertainment is planned for the evening and will include performances by CJR students.  

         Scholarships will be awarded to 13 young people at the event. Tickets may be purchased in advance or on the evening of June 4th.  To obtain tickets or additional information about the event, please contact CJR’s Waterbury Program (203) 757-9939.  Ticket purchases and sponsorships may also be made via CJR’s website:

         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.

         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 additional 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 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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