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Wine Tasting Event to Benefit CJR Scholarship Fund on June 4
Posted 05/21/2014 01:00PM


           Mark your calendar and plan to come, sip, and enjoy – all for a great cause! On Friday, June 13, the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) will hold its first wine, beer and spirits tasting event in Danbury from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at Tarrywile Mansion, 70 Southern Boulevard, Danbury, CT. Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased in advance (cash or check accepted), and include all beverages and light hors d’oeuvres. A silent auction will offer guests a variety of bidding opportunities, and all proceeds from the event will be used to provide scholarship awards for students selected from CJR’s 11 program locations throughout Connecticut. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Ms. Kim Samsel or Ms. Alex Favale at CJR’s Danbury Office (203) 797-8575, or by contacting Ms. Fran Spencer at CJR’s Litchfield Campus (860) 567-9423, ext. 278. Participation is limited and prompt response is encouraged.

           Danbury Square Wines is donating the wine, beer and spirits to be served for the tasting and assisting the Junior Republic in conducting the benefit. “We are very grateful to Jonathan Meyer and Danbury Square Wines for this important contribution and for partnering with us on our first wine tasting event in Danbury,” stated CJR Executive Director, Daniel W. Rezende. “Proceeds from this benefit will provide scholarships for worthy boys and girls we serve through our Danbury Program and in 10 other locations throughout Connecticut so they may attend college or technical school, or further their education in the United States Armed Services,” he continued.

           Located at Four George Street, CJR’s Danbury Program helps children, youth and families from the region and is organizing this event. Young people and families are referred for services by the courts and served through CJR’s Multi Systemic Therapy (MST) Program and through its Youth Equipped for Success! (YES!) and Family Support Center Services Programs. Youth participate in after-school, recreational and employment programs, and receive a variety of services, including office-based counseling, advocacy and intensive home-based, family focused therapy which helps teens and their parents. CJR’s Danbury Program serves approximately 200 boys, girls and families from the region annually.

           Founded in 1904, the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) 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. Today, the organization’s combined programs serve more than 1,500 boys and girls annually in eleven 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 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 offices in Danbury, East Hartford, Manchester, 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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