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CJR To Hold 16th Annual Scholarship Dinner
Posted 05/19/2017 04:00PM

CJR to Hold 16TH Annual Scholarship Dinner in Waterbury

On Thursday, June 1st  the Connecticut Junior Republic will hold its 16th Annual Scholarship Dinner at LaBella Vista in Waterbury, from 6:30 - 8:30 PM.  Proceeds raised through this event will provide scholarships for boys and girls who are associated with CJR’s programs in 11 locations throughout Connecticut.  The scholarships will assist students in obtaining a college, university, or technical school education.  

Tickets to the event are $30 per person, and include a buffet dinner of Salad, Pasta, Chicken Marsala, Stuffed Fillet of Sole, Potatoes, Vegetables and Chocolate Mousse Cake.  More than 300 sponsors, guests, scholarship recipients and family members are expected to attend.

Scholarships will be awarded to 24 young people - a record number of awards for CJR scholarships - with recipients referred from four of CJR’s nine community-based programs across Connecticut.  Tickets may be purchased in advance until Friday, May 26, by contacting the Connecticut Junior Republic (860) 567-9423 ext. 278, or via CJR’s website:  Tickets will NOT be sold at the Scholarship Dinner.

“Last year CJR raised approximately $20,000 in net proceeds through this event,” stated CJR Executive Director Daniel W. Rezende.  “This year we hope to exceed that amount significantly,” he said.

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 may become productive and fulfilled members of their homes, schools and communities.  Today, the organization’s combined programs serve nearly 2,000 boys and girls annually in 11 locations throughout Connecticut.

The Junior Republic conducts three 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 Winchester and short-term, residential crisis intervention for girls 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 community-based locations in Danbury, East Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, New Haven, New Britain (two sites), Torrington and Waterbury.   Behavioral and mental health services are provided at most 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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