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Golf Event Raises $56,000 to Benefit Children and Families
Posted 07/15/2014 01:35PM


            Litchfield – Robert G. Phelan, Chairman and CEO of the Avon-based Litchfield Insurance Group, and Chairman of the CJR Invitational golf benefit, recently announced that the 2014 event, held last month at the Torrington Country Club, raised nearly $56,000 in net proceeds. With this year’s funds, the CJR Invitational has raised nearly $1.2 million in cumulative net proceeds to benefit the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR), and the approximately 2,500 children, youth and families who benefit from the organization’s residential, education and community-based programs and services in locations throughout the state. Mr. Phelan attributed the success of the CJR golf benefit to the efforts of an enthusiastic team of volunteers and to the loyal support of more than 200 participants and sponsors.

            A member of the Connecticut Junior Republic’s Board of Directors, Mr. Phelan has served as chairman of the event since 2006. Gregory S. Oneglia, Vice Chairman of the Torrington-based O & G Industries, and a former President of the Junior Republic’s Board of Directors, is the Founding Chairman of the CJR Invitational. He established the event as a benefit for the Junior Republic in 1996.

            In addition to Mr. Phelan and Mr. Oneglia, the following Vice Chairs played an integral role in the success of the 2014 event:

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

            “Volunteer leadership is critical to all events, and we are very fortunate to have such an enthusiastic and committed group involved in the planning and implementation of the CJR Invitational golf benefit,” stated CJR Executive Director Daniel W. Rezende. “Our volunteers deserve the majority of the credit for the success of this event,” he noted. “They recruit our sponsors, help obtain quality prizes, maintain the high standards for the event and oversee the special activities which distinguish this benefit from others,” he said.                 

            Mr. Rezende expressed special gratitude to the event’s top-level sponsors for their loyal and generous participation.   The New Britain-based American Savings Foundation was the Premier Sponsor of the event. The funds contributed by the Foundation support a work-based learning summer experience for at-risk youth at CJR’s

            Waterbury Program. The Litchfield Insurance Group was the event’s Emerald Sponsor. The Round Hill Hotel and Villas and an anonymous donor sponsored the Grand Prize, which included round-trip airfare for two and a three-night, four-day stay at the Round Hill Hotel and Villas in Jamaica. The Mitchell Auto Group, with dealerships in the Farmington Valley and Litchfield Hills, provided a Land Rover automobile as the Hole in One prize on the 11th Hole.

            Mr. Rezende also extended special thanks to NBC-30 news anchors Gerry Brooks and Brad Drazen, meteorologist Bob Maxon, and Political Correspondent Tom Monahan, for their loyal participation as event celebrities. He noted that the 2015 CJR Invitational will be held on Monday, June 15.

           Founded in 1904, the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) provides care, treatment, education and family support programs for vulnerable 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 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.

            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 schools. 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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