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CJR to Hold 17th Annual Scholarship Dinner in Waterbury
Posted 05/24/2018 04:23PM

On Thursday, June 7, the Connecticut Junior Republic will hold its 17th 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 13 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. Approximately 300 sponsors, guests, scholarship recipients and family members are expected to attend.

Scholarships will be awarded to 19 young people - with recipients from four of CJR’s 11 community-based program locations across Connecticut anticipated to receive awards. Tickets may be purchased in advance until Thursday, May 31, 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 nearly $40,000 in net proceeds through this event,” stated CJR Executive Director Daniel W. Rezende. “This year we hope to exceed that amount so we can provide additional support for our young people,” 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 community-based and residential programs serve nearly 2,000 boys and girls annually in 13 locations throughout Connecticut.

The Junior Republic conducts three residential programs for court-referred young men on its Litchfield campus, and longer term care at its Group Home in Winchester.  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 also provides educational services for girls at its new Cable Academic and Vocational Education Center in Bristol.

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 as Litchfield and Winsted.

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 (JBCSSD), 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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