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Celebrating the Earth

A Personal Note

CMH Benefactors Have a Ball

Harrison Continues to be a Sustainability Leader

A Night of Laughter and Giving

Ventura Leaders Address State of the City

Fun With Robots

Listen to the Music

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Celebrating the Earth
Ventura's Earth Day EcoFest

Ojai's Earth Day festival

It was our pleasure to take part again this year in Earth Day celebrations in Ventura and Ojai.

The Harrison booth at the Ventura Earth Day EcoFest.
Both events took place on Saturday, April 21. Ventura's Earth Day Eco Fest, coordinated by the Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education, was held at Plaza Park. The Ojai Valley Green Coalition's Ojai Earth Day 2018 was held at Libbey Park.

Each year, we sponsor and have booths at both of these wonderful, popular community events, which commemorate Earth Day (April 22) through celebration and information.

"Our role is to educate people about how to reduce waste, and be good caretakers," said Fred Lopez, who represents Harrison Industries at the Ventura fest, which this year drew more than 6,000 community members.

"We enjoy spending that time face to face with so many people who are all there to learn," Fred said. "We feel like we're able to really get the word out about the importance of reducing waste."

Donald Sealund at Ojai's Earth Day event.
In beautiful, rustic Ojai, "Earth Day is a very big deal," said Donald Sealund, Harrison's representative at the Ojai festival, which also drew a huge crowd. "Ojai residents are incredibly engaged and interested in learning what they can do to take better care of the land and the Earth."

We appreciate the opportunity to share our knowledge of sustainability with the communities we serve. Together, we really can make a difference.  
A Personal Note
Included in the Pacific Coast Business Times Class of 2018 Top Women in Business are: (L to R) Monica White,  Elena Brokaw, Nan Drake and Stephanie Caldwell.

What a night, and what an honor! 

The 12th annual Pacific Coast Business Times Top 50 Women in Business awards reception was an amazing event that brought together the tri-counties business community to honor some of the best among them for their service.

The reception, held April 19 in Santa Barbara, also was remarkable for me personally. I want to give a big thank you to the Business Times' editor, Henry Dubroff, and publisher Linda le Brock for the plaque they presented to me that evening, in front of my peers, listing the 11 years that I have been selected as one of the Top 50: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 - and the Editor's Choice. I will cherish this gift always. I was overwhelmed with their thoughtfulness in placing all of my plaques into one.

The annual Top 50 event honors top executives and business owners from throughout Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties, including leaders in finance, higher education, professional and insurance services, nonprofits, agriculture, technology, industry, real estate and construction.

Nan Drake
CMH Benefactors Have a Ball
A special event under the stars at the new Community Memorial Hospital, the CMH Benefactors' Ball drew several hundred to the Ventura site, for a delightful evening of dinner, music and celebration. Harrison Industries is a major donor to this world-class community hospital and we were proud guests at the annual ball. From left, Ted Harrison and his fiancĂ©e, Mary van Nimwegen, and Danielle and George Harrison represented us in style and with plenty of enjoyment. Thanks to all who give to this worthy health care facility.
Harrison Continues to be a Sustainability Leader
We're proud to announce that we've retained our Climate Registered status for the ninth consecutive year by successfully measuring our carbon footprint according to The Climate Registry's best-in-class program.

Harrison is among a diverse group of about 300 leading organizations across North America that have adopted a truly sustainable approach to doing business. We reported our practices to the nonprofit Climate Registry for verification and, ultimately, were granted inclusion once again on its list.

We see it as very important for environmental companies to do all they can toward sustainability and then open their books to prove it.
A Night of Laughter and Giving
From left: Darren Harrison, Myron Harrison, Daniel Stern and George Harrison.
It's safe to say that the more than 250 people who attended the Camarillo Boys & Girls Club's 2018 Bids for Kids Gala & Auction on April 21 at the Serra Center in Camarillo were glad they weren't home alone that evening. They'd have missed an amazing event, featuring none other than actor Daniel Stern as its master of ceremonies.

Stern, who's appeared in more than 40 films including "Home Alone" and "City Slickers," sure was a hit that night. The gracious actor shared a moment - and a photo - with our Harrison family in attendance, who had a fantastic evening of laughter and giving.

Proceeds raised at the annual charity event help support local families by providing scholarships so their children can attend the Boys & Girls Club for free or reduced costs.
Ventura Leaders Address State of the City
As the region begins to rebuild after the devastating Thomas Fire, residents of Ventura have plenty of reason to look ahead to a bright future.

That was the bottom line and the overarching theme of the recent Ventura State of the City address, which Jim Harrison and I attended. The Ventura Chamber of Commerce is to be congratulated for putting on such a successful sellout event. Very well done.

The address largely held to the theme, "Rebuilding Together."

"I hope you appreciate how strong we are and how strong we will continue to be," said Ventura Mayor Neal Andrews, who made opening and closing remarks during the annual event at City Hall, which this year had a particularly unifying feel. "It's time for us to pull together, to show one another the mutual care and concern that is characteristic of a healthy society."

Other speakers at the event included the city's Police Chief Ken Corney, Fire Chief David Endaya, Public Works Director Tully Clifford, Parks and Recreation Director Nancy O'Connor, Community Development Director Jeff Lambert and Ventura Water General Manager Kevin Brown.

Several officials thanked residents for enacting Measure O, a half-cent sales tax approved by voters in 2016 that is helping to provide resources for city maintenance and growth, particularly in the wake of the fire in December that destroyed 500 homes in Ventura alone.

Here at Harrison and in our personal lives, we've been moved over and over by the community support that's allowing us all to work together to keep Ventura strong. The State of the City address helped to demonstrate why we're so proud to live and work in the city.
Fun With Robots
We were happy to once again sponsor the Robotics Ventura Regional Competition, which took place the weekend of March 31 and April 1 at Ventura College. This year, 42 local, national and international teams took part in this fascinating event, which draws some of the most creative young minds in the world to work with experts and other mentors building robots that must complete certain tasks, including lifting and moving objects.

Congratulations this year to the CocoNuts. The team from Coconino High School in Flagstaff, Arizona, earned the 2018 Regional Chairman's Award, which means they'll advance in the international competition. The Ventura team won the regional event last year.

It's always our pleasure to find new ways to support youth in our communities. This sure is a fun one.
Listen to the Music
Summer is coming and music is in the air, and you should listen to it.

With unique music festivals upcoming in Ojai and Ventura, you'll have plenty from which to choose:

The Ojai Music Festival will take place June 7-10 at various locations in the lovely Ojai Valley. Celebrate music, creativity and renewal at this festival, which was founded in 1947 and is known for its artistic freedom. See the complete lineup and order tickets online, at, or call the box office at 805-646-2053.

The Ventura Music Festival will take place July 12-22 at various locations in Ventura. The mission of this festival, which was created in 1994, is to bring world-class music to the community and enhance the joy of music through diverse offerings for all ages. See the lineup and order tickets online, at, or call 805-648-3146 for more information.

Harrison Industries is a proud sponsor of these music events, and we hope to see you there.
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