Litchfield – On Sunday, October 8, the Valley Collector Car Club (VCCC), and the Litchfield Hills Historical Automobile Club (LHHAC) will collaborate with the Connecticut Junior Republic (CJR) in presenting the Fourth Annual Cars for Kids Automobile Show. This event will be held on the Junior Republic’s Litchfield Campus on Route 63, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with gates opening at 8:00 AM for exhibitors. The rain date for the event is Sunday, October 15. Exhibitor bags will be provided for the first 200 show car registrants. The first 100 exhibitors to register will also receive a dashboard plaque. Automobile entries are $10 per car. More than 20 trophies and awards will be presented at 2:30 P.M. Spectators are welcome and admission is $5 per car.
Union Savings Bank is the event’s Concours Sponsor and FM 97.3 WZBG is the Media Sponsor. This event is suitable for the entire family and a variety of activities are planned for young children, including face and pumpkin painting, a scavenger hunt, farm tours and hay rides. All proceeds from the show will benefit the Connecticut Junior Republic.
“Community and partnerships are so important to both Union Savings Bank and the Connecticut Junior Republic. We applaud CJR for all of their efforts in helping the youth in the communities we both serve. The Cars for Kids show gets bigger and better every year and is a great family event with cool cars and activities for all ages,” noted Rick Judd, Executive Vice President for Union Savings Bank and CJR Board member.
Joseph Greco, Chair of the Steering Committee for the Cars for Kids Automobile Show and Treasurer of the CJR Board of Directors, expressed optimism about the success of this year’s benefit. “Last year, with the leadership of some very special friends, including Union Savings Bank and FM 97.3 WZBG, local businesses, and our sponsoring car clubs, we raised approximately $25,000 in net proceeds,” he reported. Mr. Greco noted that CJR’s 2016 Car Show was highlighted by a record attendance that included 350 automobile exhibitors, nearly 850 spectators and the involvement of more than 100 volunteers, including CJR students and staff. “We hope that our 2017 event will meet or exceed last year’s success in terms of attendance and funds raised,” he said.
Both the Litchfield Hills Historical Automobile Club and the Valley Collector Car Club are non-profit groups dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of classic automobiles and to supporting charities in the community.
“We welcome antiques, muscle cars, trucks, custom cars, exotics and street rods, and hope to have at least 350 exhibitors again this year,” said Glenn Royals, President of the Litchfield Hills Historical Automobile Club. “We also appreciate the support we have received from businesses and organizations in the community and hope this show is an increasingly significant fundraiser and vehicle for showcasing the important work of the Junior Republic.”
According to CJR Executive Director Daniel Rezende, the Cars for Kids Automobile Show will include the participation of students from several of CJR’s program locations. “Young people from our Litchfield campus and community programs look forward to preparing and serving lunch, assisting with tours and other parts of the show,” he said.
A variety of breakfast items and a luncheon consisting of a choice of a pulled pork or barbeque chicken breast sandwich plate will be served in CJR’s D’Assern Dining Room. A Food Court will offer a variety of foods to “eat on the go,” including hot dogs, hamburgers, kielbasa, popcorn, pretzels and ice cream sandwiches. The Litchfield Aid of CJR will offer home-baked cakes, cookies and other delicious items at its Bake Sale.
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 12 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 service and aftercare programs are provided for boys and girls through CJR’s community locations in Danbury, East Hartford, Manchester, Meriden, New Haven, New Britain (two sites), Torrington and Waterbury. Behavioral and mental health services are provided at these 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.