Working Together for a Better Environment
Libbey Bowl is Back and Better than Ever

Picture: (L to R) Danny, Victoria, Lynn, Patty, Jim, Jenny and Ralph Harrison show off the E.J. Harrison Family Promenade at the Libbey Bowl Gala on June 4.

The yearlong $4 million "Extreme Makeover" is complete and Ojai's Libbey Bowl is back in business, treating Ventura County residen and visitors alike to a wide-range of musical and stage performances.

The Harrison family was out in force for Libbey Bowl's Grand Re-Opening Gala on June 4, including President Ralph Harrison and his wife Jenny; Vice President Jim Harrison; Operations Manager Lynn Harrison and his wife Patty; and Contract Manager Danny Harrison and his wife Victoria. It was a proud moment for them to enter the E.J. Harrison Family Promenade for the first time.

Picture: (L to R) Jim and Danny Harrison, Senator Tony Strickland and Ralph and Lynn Harrison gather at the E.J. Harrison Family Promenade at the Libbey Bowl.

Harrison Industries made a substantial donation toward the Libbey Bowl reconstruction project. The previous wooden amphitheater, built in 1957, fell victim to old age and termites. The new bowl is made of concrete and steel that, with a lawn area, seats about 1,500 people. It was finished just in time for the 65th annual Ojai Music Festival, headlined by renowned violinist Richard Tognetti and his Australian Chamber Orchestra.

While the old Libbey Bowl may be gone, materials from it live on! Harrison trucks hauled about 168 tons of concrete and 84 tons of asphalt from the demolition site to Vulcan Materials, where they were recycled. Harrison also hauled approximately 20 tons of wood to Agromin and another 60 tons of commingled construction and demolition materials to our other business partner Gold Coast Recycling and Transfer Station to be put to future use.

Businesses Can Help Make Recycling Work Even Better

Harrison's commercial recycling programs accept a wide variety of materials and are simple to use. Businesses that make conscientious decisions to recycle daily are key to the program. Here are hin to help you recycle:

  • Separate office trash properly. Bathroom and kitchen paper waste need to go into the trash. All of your office paper is recyclable along with plastic bottles, cans and cardboard.
  • Post a list. Workers need to know what is recyclable. Place a list near work place recycling boxes and bins.
  • Flatten cardboard boxes and large plastics. This makes more room in your recycle container and leads to more efficient transportation.
  • Include everyone. When beginning or trying to improve your recycling effort ort, include everyone—from top management on down. Everyone needs to be educated to do the right thing.
  • Educate janitorial service. Recycling won't work unless they get it into the right Harrison bin or barrel—they must not co-mingle what you have worked so diligently to separate.

Call us at 1-800-41-TRASH or go to for more information.

Casa Pacifica Wine & Food Festival is a Tasty Affair

Picture: Ralph and Jenny Harrison enjoy the Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival.

It was Culinary Heaven at California State University Channel Islands on June 5, when Casa Pacifica held it's Angels Wine & Food Festival. If you were one of the 5,000 or so food-lovers lucky enough to attend the 18th annual fund-raiser, you'll know why readers of the Ventura County Reporter have voted it "Best Cultural Festival in Ventura County" three years in a row.

How about this for a lineup of vendors? - Over 85 restauran, caterers, bakeries and specialty shops; 150 wineries from across the state; and 25 marvelous microbreweries. The festive also featured continuous live entertainment, a silent auction and the "Yummie Top Chef Awards" culinary competition.

Harrison Industries is happy to be a Corporate Leaders sponsor of the festival that benefits such a worthy cause. Casa Pacifica, located in Camarillo, provides temporary shelter for boys and girls who are removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.

Last year's festival raised $268,000 for Casa Pacifica, and organizers are hoping this year's event will top the $300,000 mark.

When the date for next year's Casa Pacifica Angels Wine & Food Festival is announced, mark your calendars. And let me give you give you another bit of advice: Come hungry!

Turning Point Foundation Gala Benefi Mentally Ill Adul

What an inspiring evening it was attending the fifth annual "Champions of Mental Health" Gala on June 5 at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel.

Harrison Industries is a proud sponsor of this important fund-raiser that benefits the Turning Point Foundation, the only non-profit agency in Ventura County that addresses the critical community support needs of mentally ill adults. It serves more than 500 of our most vulnerable community members each year through it's shelter, supported housing and rehabilitation programs.

Each year the gala recognizes dedicated individuals and groups that have spent considerable time, energy and financial resources to help provide services to those who are often in desperate need of mental health assistance.

The "Champions of Mental Health" honored this year were family advocate Pam Roach, consumer advocate Anthony Marron, community volunteer Dr. Joan Blacher, the National Alliance of Mental Illness of Ventura County and Montecito Bank & Trust.

I urge you visit the Turning Point Foundation's website,, to learn more about this impressive organization. You'll be inspired too.

Chumash History Comes Alive at Carpinteria's Tomol Play Area

The Harrison family was happy to make a large donation towards the construction of "The Eagle's Nest" at the unique Tomol Interpretive Play Area at Carpinteria State Beach.

Hundreds of locals, including Carpinteria's eagerly awaiting children and families, attended the play area's grand opening on June 10. The celebration was eight years in the making.

Visitors for years to come will be treated to a recreational experience unlike any other—a replica Chumash village designed with opportunities to run, jump and slide while developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of California's cultural and natural history. The park, which is designed to emulate pre-European life on the California Channel Islands, will include life-sized replicas of native wildlife species to climb on, Chumash huts to explore, the "Rainbow Bridge" of Chumash lore and the park's namesake "Tomol"—a traditional Chumash plank boat.

The $800,000 project was launched by a $300,000 federal grant and a $50,000 memorial gift to Friends of the State Parks. Funding also came from the City of Carpinteria, private foundations and local service organizations as well as from local businesses and citizens.

This special play area is bound to enhance Carpinteria's vitality and become a draw to visitors from all over the world!

Harrison Business Partner Agromin Wins Green Impac Award

Congratulations to our business partner, Agromin, for winning the Orange County Council for Green Impac 2011 Innovative Business Award.

Each year, the OCCGI selec one business in Orange County to recognize for i innovative green practices. This year, Agromin was announced as the winner at the June 8 Green Impac and TrashARTist Challenge awards dinner at the Anaheim Hilton.

The award for Agromin and CEO Bill Camarillo is well deserved! The Oxnard-based company is a proud sponsor of many school gardening programs in the counties it serves, including Ventura County. It supplies these schools with quality mulch and compost needed to maintain healthy and successful gardens.

With each delivery of mulch and compost, Agromin sends a strong sustainability message to schoolchildren. Agromin processes renewable organic materials from over 50 California communities in Ventura, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Monterey and Orange Counties.

Each year, Agromin receives almost 380,000 tons of this material that would otherwise end up in landfills and then uses a safe, natural and sustainable process to transform it into premium soil produc that are used by farmers, landscapers and consumers. Kids quickly understand the importance of recycling and of providing sustainable solutions to our planet's needs.



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