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Roaring 20's Speakeasy Casino Event to Benefit CJR
Posted 03/31/2016 04:05PM


     Litchfield, CT – Pamela McCann, President of the Litchfield Aid of the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR), announced today that the Aid will hold a new fundraiser, High Stakes in the Hills, on Saturday, April 30, 2016.  The 1920’s themed gala evening of gaming, dancing to music by Rich Conley and The Swing Street Sextet, cocktails and elegant fare will be held at the Torrington Country Club in Goshen, CT. 

     The doors will open at six o’clock and guests will be admitted with a secret password.  Once inside the speakeasy, event participants will enjoy fine food with an open bar, dancing and gaming tables throughout the evening.  The Nutmeg Dancers will invite guests to do The Charleston and those attending the benefit are encouraged to dress in 1920’s garb, or “cocktail chic.”

     According to Ms. McCann, it is anticipated that High Stakes in the Hills will likely be a strong fashion sequel to the 2014 Aid Fundraiser High Style in the Hills, a sell-out dinner and fashion show which netted more than $80,000 for CJR – and was the Litchfield Aid’s most successful event in its more than 104 year history.

     This year’s event will raise funds through ticket sales, sponsorships and gaming (black jack, poker, roulette and craps) using “funny money” as gambling stakes. Each guest will be given a certain stake (in chips) included with their ticket price, with additional stakes available for purchase throughout the evening.  To encourage guests to Play for the Kids, prizes donated by local retailers, merchants, CJR board and Aid members, will be promoted and displayed throughout the event.  At the end of the evening, guests will turn their winnings in for prize drawing tickets.

     Dr. Matt Pagano will serve as the evening’s special host.  Known for his contributions to The Tour of the Litchfield Hills, which raises funds for The Cancer Care Fund of the Litchfield Hills, Dr. Pagano is a chiropractor with his practice located in Winsted, CT, and is rapidly becoming known in the area for his talents as an emcee.  “Matt did not hesitate to accept the invitation to emcee our event when he learned about CJR,” stated Ms. McCann.  “He immediately agreed with the words, ‘anything for the cause,” she continued.

     According to Ms. McCann, High Stakes in the Hills will be conducted by the Litchfield Aid as its primary fundraising event for 2016, and in place of the organization’s longtime Litchfield House Tour.  “Everyone –including committee members and advisors – felt the Tour needed a rest,” she explained.  “So many interesting new faces have appeared in our community.  When we elected to change from the Tour to High Style in 2014, we wanted to take a fresh and exciting approach in our fundraising efforts – one that would appeal to as broad a spectrum of potential donors as possible,” Ms. McCann continued.  “We’ll continue being innovative in our approach, but at some point in the future, don’t be surprised to see the Tour make a comeback, especially with some new twists!”  Lead business and foundation sponsors for this year’s event to-date are U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management and the Connecticut Community Foundation.

     Tickets are on sale now via the Litchfield Aid of CJR’s website:  Participation is limited and prompt reservations are advised.  To request an invitation, please contact the Connecticut Junior Republic Development Office: 860-567-9423, ext. 278.


 About CJR

     Founded in 1904, the Litchfield-based Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) is a private, charitable organization that 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, CJR’s combined residential and community-based programs serve nearly 2,500 boys, girls and families annually in 12 locations throughout Connecticut.  Services for significant numbers of children and families from Litchfield county are provided through CJR’s Litchfield, Torrington, Danbury and Waterbury Program sites.


About The Litchfield Aid of CJR

     The Litchfield Aid of CJR was founded in 1911 by 12 Litchfield women for the sole purpose of supporting the programs and facilities of the Connecticut Junior Republic.  Since 1911, the organization has contributed more than $2.4M to CJR, and the Litchfield Aid has played a lead role in funding the library and media center in CJR’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center; the Bertha Wheeler Gymnasium and Pool Complex, renovations to CJR’s Administration Building in Litchfield, as well as providing significant financial support to many of the academic, vocational and well-being programs in place at CJR.


     For further information, please contact Hedy Barton, CJR 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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