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Working Together for a Better Environment
CLU Students Clean Up Ventura River Bottom

A big "Thumbs up!" for the 600 students from California Lutheran University who began their school year on Aug. 30 by removing trash, recyclables and abandoned items from the Ventura River bottom.

The students were part of CLU's You Got Served program, a service project for incoming freshmen and transfer students, which worked with the City of Ventura for a second straight year. Harrison Industries was more than happy to donate our large roll-off trash bins to the cleanup effort that removed about 10 tons of unsightly materials from the river.

"The City's partnership with E.J. Harrison is an important part of the annual cleanup effort in the Ventura River bottom," said Joe Yahner, Ventura's Environmental Services Supervisor. "Harrison's support of this event and other community cleanups demonstrates their commitment to keeping Ventura a clean and beautiful city."

It was indeed an impressive endeavor. Even CLU President Chris Kimball joined in! Thank you, Mr. President, thanks also to all who participated. The environment also thanks you.

(Photo from the CLU Magazine)
'Moonlight at the Ranch' Attracts Big Star
Pictures: Top: Ralph & Jenny Harrison with actors at the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce's "Moonlight at the Ranch" fundraiser. Second Photo: Darren &Lisa Harrison, Sharon & Myron Harrison. Third Photo: Lynn & Patty Harrison. Bottom: Sharon (Left) and Lisa Harrison with Kevin Costner.

It was the "Roaring 20s" all over again at Santa Paula's historic Limoneira Ranch as over 1,000 guests – many dressed as flappers, flyboys, bootleggers and mobsters – partied to the sounds of jazz at the fourth annual "Moonlight at the Ranch" benefit on Sept. 18.

Those who knew the password – "Joe sent me!" – to gain entry into the festive speakeasy got to taste delicious food samples from dozens of local restaurants and imbibe in liquid refreshments that were banned during Prohibition.

Even Eliot Ness – you may know him as film lm star Kevin Costner – made an appearance at the annual fundraiser. Costner, who portrayed the 1920s crime- fighter in the 1986 movie "The Untouchables," also from high school, Tim Hoctor, and he carried the request to him. Since Kevin is a local boy made good, he agreed.

"We were hoping he'd be able to make a brief appearance, but he ended up staying for several hours," said Santa Paula Police Chief Steve MacKinnon, the event's chairman.

Last year's "Moonlight at the Ranch" raised $60,000 for the Santa Paula Police & Fire Foundation and Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce. As the restaurant co-chairman, I am confident this year's event will equal or surpass that number. We almost doubled the amount of restaurants participating.

The "Roaring 20s" celebration was a "Roaring Good Time" for all!

Over 500 Revelers Enjoy 'Taste of Ojai' Benefit

Picture: Joyce Robinson (Left) and Annette Cooper recycle at "Taste of Ojai."

More than 20 local restaurants as well as local wineries and breweries joined together to share the fruits of their labor on Sept. 25 at the 10th "Taste of Ojai" benefit at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. Over 500 guests enjoyed fine food and spirits and enjoyed great music from Ojai's own Jimmy Calire Trio.

The event, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Ojai raised over $20,000 for more than 15 local non-profit organizations serving Ojai Valley families, seniors and youths.

Harrison Industries provided trash and recycling service for this wonderful event, and a big shout-out goes to Boys Scouts from Ojai for helping us collect and sort recyclable materials. They show what teamwork is all about!

Harrison Follows the Music on a Busy September Saturday

Music was in the air all over Ventura County on Sept. 25, and Harrison Industries was happy to join the celebration and provide the three following concert venues held that day with expert trash and recycling collection services:

Picture: Ventura City Council member Brian Brennan with volunteer members of the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy utilize the recycling containers provided by Harrison Industries at the recent Hillsides Music Festival. (Photo by Amanda Peacock,

Ventura Hillsides Music Festival

There was the eighth annual Ventura Hillsides Music Festival at Arroyo Verde Park, headlined by iconic country music star Emmylou Harris. Over 2,500 people enjoyed the picnic-like atmosphere on a warm, sunny day, and they were treated to a variety of other top-notch musical acts: Thousand Oaks pop star Colbie Caillat, rock 'n roll's Gin Blossoms and the bluegrass band WTA.

Ventura City Councilman Brian Brennan did a wonderful job of emceeing the festival that benefits the Ventura Hillsides Conservancy.

Camarillo Art and Jazz Festival

Meanwhile, 20 miles south, the Camarillo Art and Jazz Festival was in full swing. Harrison Industries is proud to be a sponsor of this culturally enriching festival, which was held throughout the day and evening along Ventura Boulevard in Old Town as well as in Dizdar Park. It featured scores of jazz artists. Headliners were noted saxophonist Mindi Abair and guitarist Peter White.

The festival, which benefits Camarillo and Somis schools, also provided visitors the opportunity to browse over 30 booths featuring artwork, jewelry, leather goods and arts and crafts.

Picture: The Harrison Industries table at the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation's Benefactors' Ball.

Benefactors' Ball

Back up Highway 101, Ventura's own Big Bad Voodoo Daddy performed its unique brand of swing music at the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation's Benefactors' Ball. Patrons enjoyed fine wines and gourmet cuisine before dancing the night away under the "Big Tent" that was set up on the future site of the new Community Memorial Hospital. Proceeds will be used to purchase a vitally needed new ultrasound unit for CMH's Intensive Care-Critical Care Department.

In addition to providing trash services, Harrison Industries was a table sponsor of the Benefactors' Ball, and President Ralph

Harrison, his wife Jenny, Vice President Jim Harrison and I all had a ball!
Patty Harrison Committed to Kids in Santa Paula and Fillmore

Pictures: Top: The ribbon cutting at the grand re-opening of the Santa Paula Boys & Girls Club. Bottom: (L to R) Chris Sayer, chair-elect of the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce; Nan Drake, Director of Governmental Affairs & Public Relations for Harrison Industries; Fred Robinson, Santa Paula Vice Mayor; and Patty Harrison, Board President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley outside the re-opened Santa Paula clubhouse.

September was a busy month for Patty Harrison, wife of Harrison Industries Operations Manager Lynn Harrison. Patty is board president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley, which on Sept. 25 re-opened the doors to its Santa Paula clubhouse on East Harvard Boulevard following a $200,000 makeover.

Renovations include a new computer lab, game room with a large high-definition TV and homework learning center filled with books and dictionaries that now gives Santa Paula youngsters the opportunity to exercise their minds as well as their bodies. The club also has new heating and air-conditioning along with rebuilt restrooms. "It's wonderful," Patty says. "This building probably hasn't had upgrades like this since the 1940s."

The upgrades were made possible through a grant from the Harriet H. Samuelsson Foundation, shared funding with the City of Santa Paula, contributions from local service organizations and private donations.

On Sept. 11, BGSCV hosted a unique "Great Train Robbery" fundraiser in Fillmore. Over 250 guests went for a ride on the Fillmore & Western Railway, enjoyed an appetizer buffet provided by Santa Clara Valley restaurateurs and were treated to entertainment that included a shootout and "train-jacking" by desperadoes played by the Ventura County Sheriff 's Association Posse Riding Club. There also was a kidnapping and Santa Paula Police Chief Steve MacKinnon and Fillmore Police Chief Tim Hagel "arrested" several guests and held them in jail until they were bailed out.

"Many people told me it was the best fundraiser they've ever been to," Patty reports, adding the event raised over $12,000 for BGSCV's Santa Paula and Fillmore clubs.

Harrison Industries is proud to be longtime supporter of BCSCV and equally proud of all the work Patty does for kids and families in her community.

Agromin Earns Senator Pavley's Environmental Sustainability Award
Picture: State Senator Fran Pavley presents the Environmental Sustainability Award to Agromin CEO Bill Camarillo.

Agromin Premium Soil Products, a business partner of Harrison Industries, has been honored by State Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica) as October's winner of the 23rd Senate District's Environmental Sustainability Award.

Agromin was recognized for the cutting-edge technology it uses to convert green waste materials like grass clippings, tree branches and leaves into organic mulches, compost, wood chips and other products that naturally fertilize plants and trees. The Oxnard-based company, formed in 1992, now recycles over 370,000 tons of green waste from more than 90 cities, including Ventura, Thousand Oaks, Camarillo, Ojai, Fillmore, Santa Paula and Carpinteria, and jurisdictions on an annual basis.

"By saving space in landfills, reducing greenhouse gasses and creating a green waste recycling loop, you have set an example for all to follow," the certificate reads.

Agromin has developed and manufactured more than 240 premium soil products, now sold at 41 retail locations in Ventura County and throughout Southern California. These products help reduce the use of non-organic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides – making our air and water cleaner.

"A company that makes money and does good things for the environment – that's what I like," Pavley said.

"It's an honor to be recognized by Senator Pavley, because she is a steward of the environment," Camarillo said.

Agromin products can be ordered online at For more information, call 1-800-AGROMIN (247-6646).

Harrison Golfers Take Swings for Kids in Ventura
Picture: Members of Team Harrison's golf team are pumped up for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ventura Golf Classic. From right, Harrison Vice President Myron Harrison, Controller Mike Marostica, Assistant Controller Phil Campos and Steve Shinsky of City National Bank pose with the tournament's drink cart woman Geneva McKenna.

You wouldn't mistake Team Harrison – comprised of Vice President Myron Harrison, Controller Mike Marostica and Assistant Controller Phil Campos along with Steve Shinsky of City National Bank – for members of the U.S. Ryder Cup golf team, but they got in some good swings of their own this summer for two good causes that benefit kids.

Team Harrison placed second in the C Flight at the 27th annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Ventura Golf Classic at Saticoy Country Club on Aug. 27. The tournament attracted 128 golfers and raised $68,000 to help fund much-needed after-school and summer programs for our local boys and girls.

A month earlier on July 26, the Fearsome Foursome took their hacks at the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation's 13th annual NICU Tournament, also at Saticoy Country Club. They were among 146 golfers who helped raise $27,000 to off set the cost of state-of-the-art equipment for Community Memorial Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that saves the lives of our tiniest boys and girls.



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