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22nd Annual CJR Invitational Golf Benefit
Posted 06/15/2017 04:22PM

The 22nd annual CJR Invitational Golf Benefit will be held on Monday, June 19, at the Torrington Country Club, with a 12 noon shot gun start.  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, is Founding Chairman.   O&G Industries is Connecticut’s largest, privately held construction company.  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 anchor Gerry Brooks and meteorologist Bob Maxon. 

Top contributors include the New Britain-based American Savings Foundation, which is the Premier Sponsor for the event.  Acramon Masonry, Anderson Kill and TriPoint, are Emerald Sponsors.  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 an automobile for a Hole in One contest.    

According to Event Chairman Robert Phelan, net proceeds of at least $75,000 are anticipated for this year’s event.  Mr. Phelan indicated that all monies raised will benefit the approximately 2,000 at-risk, special needs and troubled children, youth and families that the Junior Republic serves annually through 11 program sites across Connecticut.

The CJR Invitational was established by Gregory Oneglia in 1996.  He expressed particular gratitude to this year’s event’s sponsors, a number of which have supported the benefit annually since its inception.  “We are very fortunate to have such loyal and generous participants,” he stated.   “Our sponsors have helped us raise cumulative net proceeds that will exceed $1.4 million with this year’s funds,” he noted.   

 According to Mr. Phelan, the event also benefits from a committed and experienced team of volunteers.  "Some of our volunteers have been associated with the CJR Invitational since it was established in 1996.  “I think we all share a commitment to helping 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 support to help some of Connecticut’s most vulnerable young people and families,” he noted.

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 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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