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CJR Receives Major Gift from The Litchfield Aid
Posted 01/20/2017 11:45AM

Junior Republic (CJR) Receives Major Gift from The Litchfield Aid

     Pamela McCann, President of The Litchfield Aid of CJR, recently presented the organization’s 2016 contribution of $87,310 to Declan Murphy, President and Daniel Rezende, Executive Director of the Litchfield-based Connecticut Junior Republic.  This gift represents $43,000 in proceeds from the Aid’s High Stakes in the Hills Roaring 20’s Speak Easy Gala last spring, as well as funds from the Aid’s endowment, contributions from members, and proceeds from its October Bake Sale at CJR’s Cars for Kids Automobile Show and Holiday Market fundraiser, held last month. 

     The 2016 gift is one of the largest annual contributions that The Litchfield Aid has made to CJR and will help to provide after-school and work-based learning programs for CJR boys and girls from the organization’s Torrington Teen Outreach Program; music education for boys attending CJR’s Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center in Litchfield; and behavioral and mental health services for local children and families served by CJR’s Wellness Center.  Scholarships will be provided for CJR students through the monies from The Litchfield Aid’s Caroline Lillie Fund.  These funds will enable CJR to assist alumni in obtaining a college or technical school education after graduating from high school. 

     CJR President Declan Murphy expressed gratitude to the Aid for its exceptional support of the Junior Republic and for inspiring the generosity of others in the community for more than 100 years.  “The funds donated by the Litchfield Aid make a vital difference to CJR’s ability to provide innovative programs and a therapeutic environment for the young people we serve from communities throughout Connecticut,” he noted.  “Aid members also fulfill an important role in the community as goodwill and educational ambassadors, and this assistance has never been more important to CJR than it is today,” he continued.  According to Mr. Murphy, countless friends and supporters have been introduced to the organization through their participation in The Litchfield Aid and its growing cadre of activities.  He expressed special appreciation to President Pamela McCann, for her outstanding leadership, which made possible The Aid’s April, 2016 High Stakes in the Hills fundraising gala, as well as a bake sale that members organized in support of CJR’s Car Show, and the very successful Holiday Market in December.  Combined, these events raised nearly $50,000 in net proceeds.

     “The Litchfield Aid is CJR’s most historic, committed and dedicated friend,” stated CJR Executive Director Daniel Rezende.  “Its members have contributed more than 105 years of service on behalf of the Junior Republic and the young people we serve, as well as millions of dollars to provide improvements to CJR’s programs, services and facilities,” he continued. 

     Litchfield Aid officers for the 2016-2017 year are:  Pamela McCann of Litchfield, President.  She is retired Division Vice President, Verizon and currently a business consultant.  Laura Lasker of Goshen is Vice President.  Ms. Lasker recently retired as an art teacher with the Woodbury Regional School District.  She is also a dog portrait artist and owner of   Kathleen Van Ormer of Litchfield is Treasurer.  She is Vice President and Operations Manager, Wealth Management, Union Savings Bank.   Roberta Witty of Litchfield is Assistant Treasurer.  She is Research Vice President at Gartner, Inc.  Patricia Hearn of Litchfield is Recording Secretary.  Ms. Hearn is retired from the insurance industry.

     A voluntary organization comprised of approximately 100 members, the Litchfield Aid was established in 1911, just seven years after the founding of the Connecticut Junior Republic, for the sole purpose of supporting CJR programs and facilities.  Since that time, the Aid has raised more than $2.5 million to ultimately benefit the children, youth and families served by the Junior Republic.  “It is a privilege and an honor to be leading such a talented, enthusiastic and dedicated group of individuals,” stated Ms. McCann.  “We all believe in CJR’s mission of service to help at-risk and troubled children and families, and our accomplishments are inspired by CJR’s work,” she said.
According to Ms. McCann, the Litchfield Aid is planning its next major event for spring of 2017.  “Our spring benefit is a Kentucky Derby-themed event, “Horses and Hats in the Hills,” and will be held on the first Saturday in May, at Tavern Off the Green” she stated.  Ms. McCann indicated that more information about the event will be announced shortly.

     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 1,800 boys and girls annually in 11 locations throughout Connecticut.

     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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