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21st Annual CJR Invitational Golf Benefit to be Held June 20
Posted 06/13/2016 09:26AM


        The 21st annual CJR Invitational Golf Benefit will be held on Monday, June 20, at the Torrington Country Club.  A full field of golfers will begin play at 12:00 noon.  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, one of the Northeast’s leading providers of construction services and products, is Founding Chairman.  The following individuals are Vice Chairs 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
  • Jessica O. Travelstead, Sponsors

        Celebrity participants for the day include NBC-30 news anchors Gerry Brooks and Brad Drazen; meteorologist Bob Maxon; and Tom Monahan, formerly NBC-30’s chief political correspondent.

        Top contributors include the New Britain-based American Savings Foundation, which is the Premier Sponsor for the event, and TriPoint, which is an Emerald Sponsor.  This year’s event will include a Grand Prize drawing for a three-night, four day, all-inclusive stay at the luxurious Majestic Colonial Resort, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, including a generous voucher towards round-trip airfare for two to the Caribbean.

        The Mitchell Auto Group, with dealerships in the Farmington Valley and Litchfield Hills, will donate a Volvo S60 Wagon automobile for a Hole in One contest.    

        According to Sponsors Chair, Jessica Travelstead, net proceeds of at least $55,000 are anticipated, with cumulative net proceeds for the event expected to top $1.3 million.  Ms. Travelstead indicated that all monies raised will benefit the approximately 2,500 at-risk, special needs and troubled children, youth and families that the Junior Republic serves annually through 12 program sites throughout 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 every year since it was established.  “We are very fortunate to have such a loyal following and team of volunteers,” he stated.

        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 such outstanding support from the business community,” stated Mr. Phelan.  "Some of our volunteers have been associated with the event since it was established in 1996, and we now have multiple generations of families involved in leading and supporting this benefit," he continued.  "This is a wonderful blessing for the event and for the Junior Republic, and will ultimately help us involve more young leaders in the community while building on the success of a very important fundraiser for CJR,” he said.

        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, enables us to conduct a memorable event and to raise 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) 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 approximately 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 CARE Community Residential Program 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 all 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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