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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
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
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
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
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
Celebrates St. Patrick's Day in a Big
With the luck of the Irish, the Ventura Elks Club's
30th annual County Ventura St. Patrick's Day
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
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.
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
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
Celebrate Earth Day With Us - at Events in Ventura and
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.
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
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.
details on attending or exhibiting at Ojai Earth Day 2018,
email Douglas at email@example.com
. For more
information on the Ventura event, visit http://www.venturaearthday.org
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
Carpinteria Chamber Awards Banquet: An Event to
from its original date in January, the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of
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
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.
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
Ojai Valley Chamber Honors County Fire Department at
Ventura County Fire Department earned special recognition at
the 11th annual Ojai Valley Chamber of Commerce Awards
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.
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
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.
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
Ojai, Ventura Also Celebrate Music at Upcoming
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
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 http://venturamusicfestival.org/
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