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CJR Holds 3rd Annual Torrington Wine Tasting Event
Posted 10/21/2015 02:07PM


        The Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) will hold its third annual wine, beer and spirits tasting event on Friday, November 13, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at the Torrington Elks Lodge (70 Litchfield Street).  Mark your calendar and 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 and a silent auction are also planned for the evening.  All proceeds raised through this event will be used to provide educational, recreational and holiday activities for the 50 boys and girls enrolled in CJR’s Torrington-based Teen Outreach Program (TOP).  Tickets may be purchased by contacting Danielle Fines, at (860) 482-7600; or by contacting Fran Spencer in CJR’s Development Office in Litchfield (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 again to help the boys and girls we serve through our Torrington TOP Program,” stated CJR Executive Director Daniel W. Rezende.  

        CJR’s TOP Program serves children referred by Torrington’s middle and high 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 seeks funds to provide a Work-Based Learning Summer Program for these boys and girls.  “Many of the children we serve lack discretionary funds for summer, after-school and holiday programs and the proceeds raised through this event will help us bridge these needs,” stated Mr. Rezende.  “Our Torrington Program staff work very hard to make this benefit a success.  Last year nearly 200 guests attended and $5,000 was raised in net proceeds.  We hope that the community will turn out to support our Torrington Wine Tasting next month,” 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.  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 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.  Behavioral and mental health services are provided at many of the above locations, as well.

        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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