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Writer John Cressy Winning Battle With Esophagus Cancer
Boy Scouts Shine at Denim & Diamonds Dinner
Ojai Relay for Life Walkers Put Best Feet Forward
Harrison Industries Toasts Casa Pacifica's Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival
Art Lovers Flock to Camarillo's Second Annual Arts Alive Festival
Harrison Hits a High Note with Ojai Music Festival Sponsorship
Harrison Shows Patriotic Spirit in the Ventura Chamber's Spring Business Expo
Health and Fitness Take Center Stage at 10th Annual Summerfest Celebration
California Honey Harvest Festival Creates Quite a Buzz in Fillmore
Harrison Proudly Sponsors the BGCSCV 12th Annual Golf Classic
Harrison, City of Ventura Up to Challenges of New Recycling Law
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Writer John Cressy Winning Battle With Esophagus Cancer

John Cressy of Whisenhunt Communications has been writing Trash Flash articles, press releases and other copy for Harrison Industries for 14 years. But a six-month long battle with esophageal cancer has sidelined him. However, he is back at his computer on a part-time basis writing copy for his favorite client.


John became a true trash man and knows more about the business than most people in the business. We missed him terribly during the times we were in need of an educational press release or story. He fought a valiant battle and won and we are so happy that he is back with us -- but I tell him all the time: health first. Stan Whisenhunt, owner of Whisenhunt Communications, has been filling in with writing assignments while John has been recovering.


John first experienced difficulty swallowing food late last year but initially dismissed the problem, thinking he was just eating too fast. Even after chewing his food more thoroughly and taking more time between bites, the problem progressively got worse. Over the next weeks, swallowing became more and more difficult. He finally made an appointment with his doctor and an endoscopy revealed the cancer.


After six weeks of radiation treatment and chemotherapy, John underwent a delicate eight-hour surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center to remove the cancerous portion of his esophagus. The operation was a success and his doctors have determined John to be cancer-free.


John has been recovering at home the past two months and is slowly regaining his strength. He hopes to be back at full strength sometime this summer.

Boy Scouts Shine at Denim & Diamonds Dinner

Jenny & Ralph Harrison

Members of the Harrison family came out in full force at the 39th annual Ventura County Council, Boy Scouts of America Denim and Diamonds Dinner & Auction held on Friday, June 5 at Camarillo's historic Ranch House. Harrison Industries, a longtime sponsor of the event, is a frequent supporter of community organizations dedicated to fostering the growth and development of local young men and women.

The Ventura County Council, Boy Scouts of America supports over 5,300 registered youth and provides high-quality Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs to boys ages 6 to 18 and Venturing and Exploring units to young men and women from ages 14 to 20. The Council also provides a Scoutreach program to low-income, at-risk boys and girls in surrounding communities. These youth, which have have little or no extracurricular activities available to them, enjoy the benefits of in-school and after-school classes and curriculum through the Scoutreach program.

Ralph Harrison, president of Harrison Industries, earned the rank of Eagle Scout during his youth which is the highest rank available in the Boy Scouts of America program. Ralph was proud to enjoy the festivities at this year's Denim & Diamonds along with his wife Jenny.

The Harrison family enjoys the Denim & Diamonds event.

Ojai Relay for Life Walkers Put Best Feet Forward

For the sixth year running, a group of big-hearted walkers took to the track at Nordhoff High School in Ojai to participate in the American Cancer Society's annual Relay for Life. For 12 hours straight on Saturday, May 30, nearly 150 walkers circled the track, participated in games and helped raised more than $22,000 that will help fund cancer research, programs and patient support services. Harrison Industries was a proud sponsor of this year's event.


Entitled "Give Cancer the Boot," the 2015 Ojai Relay for Life had a decidedly western theme and included five live bands, food trucks, a DJ, karaoke and free haircuts for those donating hair to Locks of Love. At Relay for Life events around the world, survivors are celebrated for overcoming cancer, those who have lost their lives to the disease are honored and remembered, and communities rally together to raise funds and support the American Cancer Society's lifesaving mission to create a world without cancer.

Harrison Industries Toasts Casa Pacifica's Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival

As a Merlot sponsor of the 22nd Annual Casa Pacifica Angels Wine, Food & Brew Festival held on Sunday, June 7, Harrison Industries was proud to toast the compassionate care, counseling and educational services Casa Pacifica provides to Ventura County's abused and neglected children and their families. Pictured are (L to R) Jim, Ralph and Jenny Harrison.


Art Lovers Flock to Camarillo's Second Annual Arts Alive Festival

A long-time supporter of the arts, Harrison Industries was proud to sponsor the second annual Arts Alive-West Coast Interactive Art Experience that took place on Saturday and Sunday, May 30 and 31 at Camarillo's Studio Channel Islands Art Center.


The free, family-friendly event covered eight acres and drew 2,500 art lovers who enjoyed the creations of more than 100 talented artists, entertainers and arts organizations. In addition, attendees were treated to live music, performing artists, a chalk art competition for the kids, plus an array of food trucks and a beer garden.

Harrison Hits a High Note with Ojai Music Festival Sponsorship

Percussionist Steve Schick directed the Ojai Music Festival, which featured many composers new to the event.

The hills of Ojai were alive with the sound of music from June 10-14 during the 69th annual Ojai Music Festival. Held under the stars in downtown Ojai's beautiful Libbey Bowl, the ever popular festival is well-known for combining classical and experimental music, introducing audiences to new composers, and featuring world-class musicians from around the globe.


Harrison Industries, an enthusiastic corporate sponsor, looks forward to the popular festival each June knowing that hundreds of top-notch musicians and thousands of music lovers will come together for four jam-packed days of music and celebration. This year's festival spotlighted the works of 49 composers, 34 of whom live in the Ojai Valley. And to add to the excitement, more than half of the local composers were newcomers to the festival.


The 2015 festival director, Steven Schick, is a percussionist, conductor, author and champion of contemporary music who has previously performed at the festival numerous times. Schick's impressive resume includes premiering or commissioning more than 150 new works for percussion; teaching music as a professor at UC San Diego; serving as the music director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and artistic director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players; and founding and directing the percussion group, red fish blue fish. Schick's talents were showcased in a solo concert on June 12 and as part of a trio that performed for a marathon four-and-a-half hours at sunrise on Sunday, June 14.


The festival opened on Wednesday, June 10 with a multimedia tribute to the French composer, conductor and pianist Pierre Boulez. Boulez, who has previously served as the Ojai festival's music director a record-breaking seven times, was honored for his music as well as for the fact that he celebrated his 90th birthday last March. His music was also prominently featured in a series of three additional programs. The following afternoon, 80 musicians were stationed around the park as the audience members roamed the grounds listening to them play.

Harrison Shows Patriotic Spirit in the Ventura Chamber's Spring Business Expo

Harrison Industries was proud to show off their American spirit by sponsoring the Ventura Chamber of Commerce's Spring Business Expo entitled "The Patriot in Us All!"

On Thursday, May 28, Nan Drake and Peter Gutierrez joined the more than 60 booth exhibitors that participated in this ever-popular event.

Health and Fitness Take Center Stage at 10th Annual Summerfest Celebration

Summer came early to the 8,000 Ventura County children and their families who attended the 10th annual Summerfest celebration in Ventura on Saturday, May 30. Hosted by the Ventura Education Partnership and the Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) in alliance with the City of Ventura, this popular end-of-the school-year wellness celebration teaches kids and their parents about the importance of eating better, exercising more and living healthier, happier lives.


Held at the VUSD's Education Service Center in Ventura, more than 90 community, sports and health organizations participated by hosting booths, offering hands-on activities, performing health screenings, and sharing information and education about health and wellness. Harrison Industries was one of five Gold-level Summerfest sponsors, and the others included Aera Energy, First 5 Ventura County, Dr. Bryant and Linda Lum, and Ed and Susan Lacey.


The free event kicked off with a 3K fun-run/walk and continued with a full day of activities, games, sports competitions and live music. All festivities focused on engaging children and their families to become and stay fit, active and healthy. The funding raised by Summerfest 2015 helps to support school nutrition and exercise programs as well as Ventura Education Partnership grants that benefit VUSD students.

California Honey Harvest Festival Creates Quite a Buzz in Fillmore

The 4th annual California Honey Harvest Festival & BBQ Championship flew into Fillmore's Downtown Central Park on Saturday, June 13. Festival attendees were treated to an array of sweet treats including a ride on the historic Fillmore & Western Railway, bee keepers providing educational demonstrations about the history of honey and how it's made, tours of Bennett's Honey Farm plus arts and crafts, live music and entertainment and a barbecue cook off contest.


The cook-off, which is a qualifier for the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, attracted 26 teams of talented barbecue chefs who grilled up their best recipes for chicken, pork ribs, pork butt, pork roast or beef brisket. Their culinary creations were ranked by a panel of 40 volunteer judges and then served up as samplings to festival goers at City Hall which had been transformed into a barbecue tasting hall.


Harrison Industries was a proud sponsor of this year's event which provided a great day of family fun and also supported Autism Speaks, a national non-profit that works to increase research and awareness of autism spectrum disorders.

Harrison Proudly Sponsors the BGCSCV 12th Annual Golf Classic

Harrison Industries was a lunch sponsor at the Boys & Girls Club of the Santa Clara Valley's 12th Annual Golf Classic.

Lynn Harrison accepts an award for being a lunch sponsor from Jan Margolin.
(L to R) David Harrison, Robbie Abeloe, Robbie Harrison and Dan Harrison enjoyed golfing in the tournament.


Harrison, City of Ventura Up to Challenges of New Recycling Law

California Gov. Jerry Brown last September signed Assembly Bill 1826, designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions, reduce the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and create a source of green energy.


AB 1826, which takes effect April 1, 2016, mandates that businesses generating more than eight cubic yards of organic waste per week will be required to arrange for organic waste recycling services. It helps implement AB 341, the 2011 landmark recycling law that established the goal of diverting at least 75 percent of California's solid waste away from landfills by 2020.


AB 1826 accomplishes this by diverting methane-gas-producing organic food and yard waste away from landfills and into programs that recycle the waste. Organics are delivered to our strategic partner Agromin who turns the waste into nutrient-rich compost for commercial and residential landscapes and local farms to create healthy soils and conserve water. In the near future, Anaerobic Digestion technology will be used to turn organic waste into renewable biofuels.


Harrison Industries, Agromin and the City of Ventura are committed to helping Ventura businesses meet the mandates of the new legislation. In fact, we have anticipated these future regulations and have already taken steps to meet their requirements.

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