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Reagan Presidential Foundation Honors Elton Gallegly
'Mardi Gras' Gala Benefits Santa Clara Valley Kids
Ventura and Fillmore Mayors Address Their Cities' Futures
Ojai Valley Gala Awards Honor Area Businesses
Stan Whisenhunt and I are featured in Pacific Coast Business Times
Don't Miss the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Ventura on March 16
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Reagan Presidential Foundation Honors Elton Gallegly

The Harrisons with Elton Gallegly
(L to R) Ralph and Jenny Harrison, former Congressman Elton Gallegly, Myron and Jim Harrison.

It was an honor to be present when the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation dedicated the presidential library's "Peace through Strength" exhibit gallery to former Congressman Elton Gallegly on Jan. 26.


A plaque with Gallegly's name was unveiled during a private ceremony at the gallery, which was attended by many of his family members, friends, former colleagues and former California Gov. Pete Wilson.


Elton Gallegly
                                              plaque All three Harrison brothers - Ralph (with wife Jenny), Jim and Myron (with wife Sharon) - attended, and the Harrison family also made a contribution toward the gallery's completion.


For those who don't know the story behind Gallegly's honor, he was mayor of Simi Valley in 1982 when Reagan personally invited him to visit Washington D.C. In 1987, after Gallegly was elected to Congress, Reagan invited him to fly back with him to Ventura County aboard Air Force One. It was on that flight that Reagan decided to select Simi Valley as the home of his future presidential library.


Gallegly left office in January after representing Ventura County in Congress for 26 years, and the honor is certainly well deserved. 

'Mardi Gras' Gala Benefits Santa Clara Valley Kids

Ralph and Jenny Harrison
Ralph and Jenny Harrison

The Saticoy Country Club was almost as crowded as Bourbon Street on Fat Tuesday and just as festive as the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley held its ninth annual Mardi Gras Auction and Dinner.


More than 250 mask-wearing partygoers attended the fun-filled event on Feb. 16 that benefits hundreds of boys and girls in Fillmore, Santa Paula and Piru. In addition to being a major sponsor, the Harrison Family was out in force.

Sandy and David Harrison
Sandy and David Harrison
Bidding for the silent and live auctions was intensive, and the Harrisons matched Santa Paula Chevrolet's bid for the two head tables at next year's Mardi Gras benefit. The Harrisons also had the winning bid for Fillmore Fire Chief's Rigo Landeros' "Barbecue for 20 at the Fillmore Fire Station." 


Mr. Landeros is a busy man these days. In addition to being Fillmore's Fire Chief, he serves as Fillmore's interim City Manager and Public Works Director. I'm not sure when he's going to find the time to serve as barbecue chef for the Harrisons for a day, but we're going to keep him to his promise!

Anyway, the Mardi Gras was a huge success! Pearl Galvan of the B&GC of Santa Clara Valley doesn't have an exact figure yet, but she said this year's event raised significantly more money than last year's event. What great news for the kids of the Santa Clara Valley!

Ventura and Fillmore Mayors Address Their Cities' Futures


Fillmore City address
(L to R) Fillmore Mayor Rick Neal; Chappy Morris of William L. Morris Chevrolet, where the State of the City was held; Jim Harrison; Fillmore Chamber President Cindy Jackson and Fillmore Council Member Doug Tucker.
In recent weeks I had the privilege of attending the State of the City addresses by the mayors in two of Harrison Industries' client cities, Ventura and Fillmore. Ralph, Myron, Jim, Lynn and George Harrison joined me for Mike Tracy's second address as Ventura mayor, while Jim and I were on hand to hear Fillmore Mayor Rick Neal give his first. 


The addresses were sponsored by the Ventura and Fillmore Chambers of Commerce, which are doing a great job of working closely with the public and private sectors to improve the economic climate in their cities.


Also at the Ventura Chamber function, Trudy Arriaga, superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District, gave her State of the VUSD address.


What impresses me is how deeply rooted Mike, Trudy and Rick are in their communities. Mike is the former Ventura Police chief who grew up on Ventura Avenue and graduated from Ventura High School. He married Linda, his high school sweetheart, and the couple has been married for 40 years.


Trudy was born and raised in Ventura. The daughter of coaching legend Bob Tuttle, Trudy attended schools in the same school system she now heads.


Rick was born and raised in Fillmore and attended Fillmore High School, where he also met his future wife, Christine. The couple have three children and operate two businesses in Fillmore - Service Professional Plumbing and Central Music. Rick also is a longtime volunteer for the Ventura County Sheriff's Fillmore Mountain Search and Rescue Team and as a member of the Fillmore Fire Department.


Mike's and Rick's love for their cities is obvious, and the Harrison family wishes them all the best as they work with fellow council members to ensure bright futures for Ventura and Fillmore.

Ojai Valley Gala Awards Honor Area Businesses

Ojai Chamber logo It was great touching base with so many members of the local business community at the Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce's Annual Celebrating Business in the Ojai Valley Gala Awards Dinner on Feb. 28.

The event, held at the picturesque Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, honors Chamber members in six categories: Small Business of the Year - Treasurers of Ojai; Customer Satisfaction Leader of the Year - Ojai Village Veterinary Hospital; Spirit of the Ojai Valley - Attitude Adjustment Shoppe; Best New Chamber Member - Meiners Oaks Business and Artists Association; the Heritage Award - Bart's Books; and the Renaissance Award - The MOB Shop. Congratulations to the winners!

The evening also featured the Big Ticket Raffle. This year's prizes were: a wine tour of the Ojai Valley including transportation, dinner and accommodations for four; seven days at a condo near Aspen, Colorado; three nights at the Little Nell in Aspen; and three nights at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on Maui. 

Tom Silver, "America's Favorite Hypnotist" who appears on TV often, served as master of ceremonies and also amused attendees with his show "You are the Stars of the Show." It was very entertaining!

Stan Whisenhunt and I are featured in Pacific Coast Business Times

Stan Whisenhunt Nan Drake It was wonderful being featured in the Feb. 8-14 issue of the Pacific Coast Business Times with Stan Whisenhunt, whose company, Whisenhunt Communications, helps put together the Harrison Industries email newsletter you are now reading.


Short biographies of us appeared in the special section on, "Who's Who in Advertising, Marketing and PR." Stan and I have worked together for more than 20 years serving Harrison Industries and also working on behalf of numerous charities.


Stan was managing editor of the Ventura County Star before he formed his marketing company in 1990. In addition to our email newsletter, Whisenhunt Communications helped create and also helps maintain our website -- - and also crafts "Trash Flash," the quarterly newsletter we send to our residential and commercial customers.

Don't Miss the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Ventura on March 16

St. Patricks Day Parade
                                            Poster You don't have to be Irish to enjoy the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade that will march down Main Street in downtown Ventura for the 25th time on Saturday, March 16. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and the theme is, "Everyone's Irish on St. Patrick's Day."


This year's Grand Marshals are the McGrath family, which has been a major organizer of previous entries and is delighted to be recognized as the 2013 Grand Marshals. They welcome other farming families to follow along with them. The McGrath family is well known for their commitment to preserving Ventura County's farmlands and for their love of the St. Patrick's Day Parade.


Joining the McGraths will be a variety of marching bands, dancers, acrobats, clowns, horses and floats. The parade is being organized by Elks Lodge 1430. 


I have co-chaired Ventura County's greenest event for several years now with Ventura's No. 1 Irishman, City Councilman Jim Monahan. Few things give me more satisfaction than seeing families line up along Main Street enjoying the parade. For more information and to see photos from past parades go to


Join us for a day of fun, and don't forget to wear green!

Nan Drake
Harrison Industries

phone: 805-701-9809