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20th Annual CJR Invitational Golf Benefit Held June 22nd
Posted 06/23/2015 09:04AM


           The 20th annual CJR Invitational Golf Benefit will be held on Monday, June 22, at the Torrington Country Club.  A full field of golfers will begin play at 12:00 noon.  Many of the golfers, sponsors and volunteers involved in the event have participated for ten years or more.  Robert G. Phelan of Avon, Chairman and CEO of TriPoint, a performance-based insurance company based in Avon, is Chairman of the event.  Gregory S. Oneglia of Litchfield, Vice Chairman of the Torrington-based O&G Industries, is Founding Chairman.  The following individuals are Vice Chairmen of this year’s benefit:

  • John F. Boyd of Litchfield, Community Involvement
  • Bill Dranginis of Litchfield, Golf
  • Jennifer Parsons of Litchfield and Tina Posila of Wolcott, Prizes and Promotion
  • Louisa Roraback of Goshen, Volunteers

           Celebrity participants for the day include NBC-30 news anchors Gerry Brooks and Brad Drazen; meteorologist Bob Maxon; and Tom Monahan. Mr. Monahan is retired but was previously NBC-30’s chief political correspondent.           

           Top sponsors include the New Britain-based American Savings Foundation, which is the Premier Sponsor for the event.  Anderson Kill, Torrington Savings Bank and TriPoint are Emerald Sponsors.  The Grand Prize is a three-night, four day stay at the Capella Five Star Resort, Marigot Bay, St. Lucia, and includes round-trip airfare for two to the Caribbean, courtesy of an anonymous donor.

           This year’s Hole-in-One prize will be a VW Golf automobile, donated by the Mitchell Auto Group, with dealerships in the Farmington Valley and Litchfield Hills.   

           “2015 marks the 20th anniversary of this event,” stated Founding Chairman, Gregory Oneglia.  “We expect to raise net proceeds of more than $75,000 this year, with cumulative net proceeds exceeding $1.2 million,” he said.  Mr. Oneglia indicated that all proceeds from the event will benefit the more than 2,500 children, youth and families that the Junior Republic serves annually through 12 program sites in Connecticut.                                                                          

           Mr. Oneglia, who established the CJR Invitational in 1996, expressed gratitude to the event’s sponsors, a number of whom have supported the event very loyally since it was established. 

           Mr. Phelan has served as Chairman of this event since 2006.  “The CJR Invitational and the Connecticut Junior Republic are very fortunate to have such a committed and dedicated team of volunteers and wonderful support from the business community.  The generosity of our volunteers and sponsors is the key to our success with this event,” he said.

           Twenty-year sponsors of the CJR Invitational include:  Budwitz & Meyerjack, P.C., Colony Hardware Corporation, Logan/Cesco Steel, O & G Industries, Inc., Greg and Cathy Oneglia, H.O. Penn Machinery Company, Inc., Litchfield Bancorp, Brewster Perkins, L.F. Powers Co., Inc., Torrington Savings Bank, TriPoint, Ray Turri and Turri, Inc., and Union Savings Bank.

           Daniel Rezende, Executive Director of the Connecticut Junior Republic, thanked the event’s volunteers for their service.  “The outstanding leadership provided by Greg Oneglia, Bob Phelan and our volunteer team, has enabled us to conduct a memorable event raises significant and much-needed funds to help some of Connecticut’s most vulnerable young people and families,” he stated.

Founded in 1904, the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) is a private, charitable organization that provides care, treatment, education and family support for 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 provides additional residential services 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. 

           CJR is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), and 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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