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Honored to Be Honored

Ventura Celebrates St. Patrick's Day in a Big Way

Celebrate Earth Day With Us - at Events in Ventura and Ojai

Carpinteria Chamber Awards Banquet: An Event to Remember

Ojai Valley Chamber Honors County Fire Department at Annual Awards Gala

Ojai, Ventura Also Celebrate Music at Upcoming Festivals

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Honored to Be Honored
The Harrison family was well represented at the Camarillo Chamber event. Pictured here, from left, are George and Danielle Harrison, Myron and Sharon Harrison, and Darren and Lisa Harrison.

The Harrison family has been serving the city of Camarillo since before it was a city. E.J. Harrison himself signed up Councilman Kevin Kildee's father for trash service for the same store that exists today as one of the premier clothing stores in Ventura County. To this day, the Harrisons remain faithful customers of this wonderful store.

Eighty-six years in business in Ventura County and the Harrisons still steadfastly follow the founders' belief that service to the customer and service to the community make a business successful. On behalf of the Harrison family, I want to thank the Camarillo Chamber for the honor of naming E.J. Harrison & Sons as the Philanthropist of the Year, in the chamber's annual Top 10 Community Awards Gala.

Other honorees were Christopher Meissner, Man of the Year; Jann Huling, Woman of the Year; Dr. Richard Rush, Stan Daily Lifetime Achievement Award; Z Power, Business of the Year; Skyler Ditchfield (Geolinks), Entrepreneur of the Year; Senior Deputy Shawn Holzberger, Public Servant of the Year; Ventura County Community Foundation, Service Organization of the Year; Carolyn Alexander, Educator of the Year; David Schlangen, Volunteer of the Year; Mallorie Mehrali, Youth of the Year; and Sylvia Fulton, Senior of the Year.

Myron and George Harrison were on hand to accept the award during the wonderful 51st annual dinner event, which was held on Friday, March 23, at Spanish Hills Country Club.

We're very proud to accept this award, as we're proud of our contributions to Camarillo. Over the years and currently, we've supported dozens of community events, including the city's Academic Olympics, Boys & Girls Club, Christmas Parade, Fiestas, Hospice and YMCA, as well as the Camarillo Art and Jazz Festival, the Camarillo Ranch Foundation and Casa Pacifica. Our sponsorships and donations in the community have been our honor, and we kindly thank the chamber for its recognition.
Ventura Celebrates St. Patrick's Day in a Big Way

With the luck of the Irish, the Ventura Elks Club's 30th annual County Ventura St. Patrick's Day Parade was a big, glorious milestone event.Starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, and making its way along Main Street in downtown Ventura, the parade drew almost 100 entries and thousands of spectators up for a celebration under clear blue skies.

The Harrisons were happy as always to be a part of the festivities. David and Sandy Harrison and their two boys were once again riding in the Harrison Trash Truck in the parade.

Among the event highlights, the crowd gave a rousing ovation to the first responders who were the Grand Marshals leading the parade and representing all their brothers and sisters who worked the front lines to fight the Thomas Fire and subsequent flooding in and around Ventura, and all the aid workers who've helped affected citizens as they begin to rebuild our fair city and neighboring cities.

We are proud of all of them, and especially Ventura's Police Chief Ken Corney and Ventura's Fire Chief David Endaya, who both walked behind the major personnel in their departments who worked the fire - and who, during TV news interviews at the grandstands, both spoke of how proud they were of their teams.

They were well represented with crews from Ventura County, Santa Paula, Fillmore and Ventura - with quite a display of fire equipment and a flyover by county helicopters.

In a whole other kind of uplifting moment during the parade, we welcomed Shamhock II - a clone of Shamhock, the giant green inflatable pig who'd been a parade headliner for 26 years until he deflated during last year's parade. Shamhock II has all the sass of Shamhock and youth to boot, so we hope to see him on the parade route for decades to come.

St. Patrick's Day is one of my favorite days of the year, and I'm proud every year to help plan this event as a co-chair along with Jim Monahan and Brian Brennan, of County Ventura's St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee. Jim is really our fearless leader,
with an outstanding committee of people who make it all work, and we all owe endless thanks to the great members of Elks Lodge 1430, for putting on the parade.

Every year, we're so grateful to the thousands of people who come out to support this joyous community gathering. This year, we give special thanks to everyone on the parade route who proudly displayed their homemade signs thanking our first responders and to those who stayed until the end of the more than two-hour parade cheering on everyone.
Celebrate Earth Day With Us - at Events in Ventura and Ojai
A reminder that the cities of Ventura and Ojai will honor our planet on Saturday, April 21, with popular community Earth Day festivals. Harrison is proud to sponsor and have exhibit booths at both of these great events.

In Ventura, the award-winning Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21 at downtown's Plaza Park, at 651 E. Thompson Blvd.

Each year, this popular event draws more than 5,000 people and dozens of exhibitors. This year, more than 6,000 are expected to attend, and more than 100 exhibits will be featured.

And 15 miles to the north, Ojai's own popular annual Earth Day festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21, at its downtown Libbey Park, at 210 S. Signal St.

Expect lots of amazing food and a very festive atmosphere at both events - and a special, personal interest this year in the environment.

"As Ojai and Ventura County residents recover from the Thomas fire and flood, there has been a surge of interest in habitat restoration, sustainability and local engagement," said Noel Douglas of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition, which is putting on Ojai Earth Day 2018.

For details on attending or exhibiting at Ojai Earth Day 2018, email Douglas at For more information on the Ventura event, visit

Whether in Ojai, in Ventura or in both cities, we hope you'll come out, celebrate and stop by our booth, to say hello and learn more about the latest in residential curbside and commercial trash and recycling information.
Carpinteria Chamber Awards Banquet: An Event to Remember
Asa Olsson, Carpinterian of the Year
Postponed from its original date in January, the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce's 60th annual Community Awards Banquet was well worth the wait, and it definitely lived up to its milestone status, when it finally took place this month.

Held Saturday, March 10, the grand gala drew 300 guests to the Carpinteria Boys & Girls Club, to celebrate and honor businesses and citizens for their outstanding service to community.

Among the top award winners were community arts activist Asa Olsson, who was named Carpinterian of the Year in an emotional ceremony that surprised Olsson and moved her to tears, and Carpinteria High School senior Jeremy Saito, who was named Junior Carpinterian of the Year.

Thomas Fire first responders.
"Exciting news was made known near the end of the evening," said chamber president/CEO Joyce Donaldson, "as an anonymous donor matched the chamber's scholarship dollars" for Jeremy and the two runners-up, Anna Artiaga and Mikayla Blair - bringing the grand scholarship total to $14,000.

Another emotional moment came when the guests recognized and honored the first responders and emergency personnel who spent December and January fighting the massive Thomas Fire and subsequent debris flow incidents that affected Carpinteria and surrounding areas. Among the gala's honored guests were fire chiefs Ray Navarro of Carpinteria-Summerland, Chip Hickman of Montecito and Mark Lorenzen of Ventura. Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown also attended.

As a proud sponsor of this event, E.J. Harrison joins Joyce and everyone else in honoring the fine citizens of Carpinteria who help every day to make it such a wonderful place to live and work and in saluting the courageous men and women who protected the community during its time of greatest need.
Ojai Valley Chamber Honors County Fire Department at Annual Awards Gala
The President's Award went to the Ventura County Fire Department. Fred Burris accepted the award.

The Ventura County Fire Department earned special recognition at the 11th annual Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce Awards Gala.

Celebrating Ojai's best in businesses and nonprofits, the event took place Feb. 22 at the Ojai Valley Inn, with more than 150 people in attendance.

A gala highlight was when the County Fire Department received the prestigious President's Award - and an extended standing ovation. The department's first responders were praised for their heroic efforts in saving the Ojai Valley from the devastating Thomas Fire that erupted in early December.

As a gala sponsor, Harrison Industries is thrilled to congratulate the Ventura County Fire Department for receiving this high and most well-deserved honor.

In addition to the President's Award, two other special recognition awards were presented: The Spirit of Ojai Valley Award went to Jim & Rob's Fresh Grill, in honor of its customer satisfaction and its goodwill, as a generous donor to the Ojai Valley community; and the Tabono Hell or High Water Award went to the Al-Awar family, in recognition of its perseverance, strength and tenacity in preserving the Ojai Playhouse after it was nearly destroyed by a devastating flood.

Three other awards were presented: Ojai Valley Assisted Living was named Best New Chamber Member; Body Essentials earned the Health & Lifestyle Award; and Food Harmonics received the Taste of the Town Award.

As the primary fundraiser for the chamber, the dinner event also featured a big-ticket raffle. Donna Lloyd of Derby and Derby won the grand prize: a seven-day Carnival cruise for two to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta.
Ojai, Ventura Also Celebrate Music at Upcoming Festivals
In addition to honoring the planet, both Ventura and Ojai also will celebrate music this spring - when they commence their annual music festivals.

Both events are close to our hearts. I am happy to assist as an annual event planner for the Ventura Music Festival, and E.J. Harrison & Sons proudly sponsors the Ojai Music Festival.

The first major event of the Ventura Music Festival's 2018 season will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at the Wyndham Garden Ventura Pierpont Inn, with the third annual VMF Cabaret. A celebration of music and culture, the Cabaret is a VMF fundraiser, this year featuring a performance by Latin Grammy-winning singer/guitarist Twanguero as well as a live auction to benefit the VMF Young Artists Fund.

The pre-festival benefit will be held in honor of Spencer and Nancy Garrett. Owners of the Pierpont Racquet Club for more than 40 years, the Garretts are longtime sponsors of the VMF. They'll be recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Ventura community and its culture.

For tickets, as well as information on other upcoming events - a Rising Stars program in May and the 11-day festival in July - visit the VMF website, at

The 2018 Ojai Music Festival will take place June 7-10 at various locations in Ojai.

Founded in 1947, the Ojai Music Festival is a singular experience, as suggested by its vision statement: "Transcendent and immersive musical experiences that spark joy, challenge the mind, and ignite the spirit."

Taking place over four days each June, the festival is known for giving substantial artistic freedom to each annual music director, who is guided by the festival's artistic director. Music director of this year's 72nd annual event is violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Artistic director is Thomas W. Morris, who has held his position since the 2004 festival.

For tickets, as well as a look at the complete lineup and more details about the festival, visit its website, at
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