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Mixing Business with Pleasure at the Benefactors' Ball
Camarillo Is Thriving During Tough Economic Times
Harrison President & Wife Receive Jeremiah Milbank Award
Harrison Approaches 'Zero Waste' at Avocado Festival
'Carp-A-Cabana' Benefits Carpinteria's Schools
President's Dinner Raises Funds for CSUCI Students, Campus
'Pier under the Stars' Gala Attracts 800 Guests
Carpintieria Triathlon Brings Out Competitive Best in People
'Badges at the Beach' Party Benefits County Sheriff's Deputies
Harrison Sponsoring First Saticoy Little League Golf Tournament on Nov. 11
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Mixing Business with Pleasure at the Benefactors' Ball

CMH's Benefactors' Ball
Agromin's Bill Camarillo (left), Jim Harrison, Ralph Harrison and Ventura Mayor Mike Tracy are happy with the amount of food waste that was collected at the Benefactors' Ball.

The Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation held its 41st Benefactors' Ball on Sept. 28, with proceeds going toward the purchase of a CT scanner in the Emergency Department of the new Community Memorial Hospital that is scheduled to open in 2015.


The ball, which featured dinner, dancing, fine wine and music by blues and rock band Kal David and the Real Deal, was held at the Limoneira Ranch in the beautiful Santa Clara Valley.


In addition, this year marked the first time Harrison Industries collected food waste at the event, with food scraps, leftovers and such being handled by the Plated Events' staff. Harrison collected the food waste and transported it to our strategic partner Agromin, which employs a Covered Aerated Static Pile System to mix the food waste with yard waste to create enriched compost. These products save water, help reduce soil erosion and reduce the use of non-organic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides - making our air and water cleaner.


Donald Sealund, our food waste coordinator, with help from Plated Events owner Jason Collis, did a great job of training the staff. Donald reports that more than 815 pounds of food waste and 455 pounds of recyclable materials were collected during the evening. Gary Wilde, CEO for Community Memorial Health System, thanked Harrison, Agromin, Plated Events and Ventura Rentals for a job well done and making the ball a Zero Waste event.


Harrison President Ralph Harrison and wife Jenny, Agromin CEO Bill Camarillo and wife Darlene, Jim Harrison and I attended the Benefactors' Ball and enjoyed a fun evening. Also, Harrison Industries was thrilled to be a sponsor of such a great event!

Camarillo Is Thriving During Tough Economic Times

Camarillo State of the City 2013
Lynn Harrison (left) and Ralph Harrison, along with Myron and Sharon Harrison (center) listen to Camarillo Mayor Charlotte Craven's State of the City Address.

Camarillo is better off than 94 percent of cities in the United States because of the City's conservative fiscal policies during these tough economic times. That was the message of Mayor Charlotte Craven's State of the City address on Sept. 12.


The mayor told a large group of community and business leaders during a luncheon at Camarillo Ranch that the City's good mix of commercial, retail, jobs and housing gives it a AAA bond rating - the envy of cities nationwide. "If heaven had a zip code, it would be Camarillo's," Charlotte quoted a Camarillo resident as telling her.


Great news! Harrison Industries shares the mayor's optimism, and this is why we were sponsors of her address and why a table full of Harrison family members attended the luncheon that was put on by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce.


Charlotte is a big proponent of recycling, and she praised the community for a job well done for achieving a 77 percent recycling rate - one of the best among cities in all of California. Charlotte's young grandson Trevor also is a big recycling enthusiast. Each Wednesday, with Charlotte in tow, he diligently follows his neighborhood Harrison trash truck driver to make sure he does everything just right!

Harrison President & Wife Receive Jeremiah Milbank Award

Jeremiah Milbank Award
Ralph Harrison (right) and his wife Jenny receive the Jeremiah Milbank Award from Mike Mobley and Jan Marholin of the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley.

The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley has presented Harrison Industries President Ralph Harrison and his wife Jenny with the 2013 Jeremiah Milbank Award.


The couple was honored during the annual "Breakfast of Champions" event on Sept. 18 in Santa Paula. The award is given to those who donate $10,000 or more in a calendar year. It was created to recognize Milbank, an industrialist and philanthropist who helped President Herbert Hoover develop the Boys & Girls Club national movement in the 1920s.

Jan Marholin, chief executive officer for the B&GC of Santa Clara Valley, said the clubs in Santa Paula and Fillmore serve among the poorest areas in Ventura County with the greatest need for supporting disadvantaged youth. The Harrisons' donation, she said, helped the non-profit provide boys and girls with organized programs at a safe and supervised location over the summer.

"Without the charitable gift from Ralph and Jenny, we would have had to reduce the number of programs and youth that we serve," Marholin said. "They really helped us keep the clubs going during a challenging time."


Others receiving the Jeremiah Milbank Award at the "Breakfast of Champions" were Richard and Betty Hyde, Tom and Brianne McGrath and Dorcas Thille.

For more information on the B&GC of Santa Clara Valley or to donate to the club, call 525-7910 or email

Harrison Approaches 'Zero Waste' at Avocado Festival

2013 Avocado Festival
                                        Poster Harrison Industries' motto is "Moving toward Zero Waste," and at the 27th annual California Avocado Festival in Carpinteria on Oct. 4-6, we came as close as possible to reaching that goal. About 98 percent of materials collected were recycled.


For the third year in a row, we placed yellow-lid recycling barrels around the festival grounds specifically for disposed food waste and paper products. The materials were delivered to our strategic partner Agromin, which is undertaking a pilot food waste program.


The barrels with the blue lids were for recyclables such as aluminum cans, glass bottles and plastic materials along with non-food trash. These materials were sorted at our other strategic partner, Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station.


Donald Sealund, Harrison Industries' food waste coordinator, spent all three days and many long hours at the festival overseeing the waste collection efforts. Several other Harrison employees also were involved in the Avocado Festival recycling effort. General Manager Lynn Harrison said it was a total team effort. 


KEYT even covered the Avocado Festival on their local news station. To see the video click here.


Thanks to the 80,000-plus festival-goers who did their part by placing materials in the correct barrels. Good job!

'Carp-A-Cabana' Benefits Carpinteria's Schools

2013 Carp-A-Cabana
Harrison Industries President Ralph Harrison and his wife Jenny enjoy Carp-A-Cabana with Jane Lax of the Turning Point Foundation.

Since it was established in 1993, the Carpinteria Education Foundation has raised more than $1.2 million for Carpinteria Unified School District schools. One of its major fundraisers is the lively "Carp-A-Cabana."


The 21st annual "Carp-A-Cabana" was held Sept. 7 at Lions Park on Casitas Pass Road. It featured live and silent auctions; beer, wine and tasty Mojitos; a wine raffle; delicious hors d'oeuvres; and music by The Rincons, Carpinteria's iconic oldies rock 'n' roll band.


Did you know that the Carpinteria Lions Club purchased Lions Park, a fabulous five-acre plot with majestic trees, for $5,000 in the early 1940s? Do you think this property is worth a little more today?


Harrison Industries is happy to be a sponsor of the "Carp-A-Cabana." If you don't have fun at this rollicking gala, you're not trying hard enough!

President's Dinner Raises Funds for CSUCI Students, Campus

Steve Blois and Dr.
                                              Richard Rush
Lagomarsino award winner Steve Blois (left) and Dr. Richard Rush, CSUCI President.

California State University Channel Islands held its 14th annual President's Dinner on October 5. Dr. Richard Rush presided over the gala held at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village that raises money to support CSUCI's highest needs: student scholarships, critical programs and new technology, facilities and equipment.


Over 400 guests attended this black-tie affair that featured cocktails, a three-course dinner, a silent auction and a raffle for a shopping experience at Van Gundy Jewelers valued at $4,000. Blue Latitude, a popular local 12-member band, provided the musical entertainment.


In addition, Dr. Rush honored Camarillo businessman Steve Blois with the Robert J. Lagomarsino Award. The Lagomarsino Award, named in honor of the former U.S. congressman and longtime supporter of CSUCI, is presented to individuals who have contributed to and supported the university. Blois owns

Blois Construction and serves on the Channel Islands Foundation Board. He also leads the University's Courtyard Committee, overseeing the restoration of CI's courtyards, including the recent completion of the Central Mall Fountain.


Harrison Industries provides trash and recycling service at CSUCI and also was a sponsor of the President's Dinner. Vice President Myron Harrison and his wife Sharon attended the gala and say they had a delightful evening. Also at the Harrison family table were George Harrison and his wife Danielle, Darren Harrison and his wife Lisa and Steve and Rose Madsen from City National Bank.

'Pier under the Stars' Gala Attracts 800 Guests 

Pier under the Stars Over 800 residents and visitors paid tribute to the historic Ventura Pier by attending the 20th annual "Pier under the Stars" on Oct. 5. Harrison Industries provided free trash service for this delightful gala that raises funds to preserve and maintain the Ventura Pier for future generations to enjoy. 


Pier into the Future, a non-profit established in 1993, sponsors the event on the Ventura Promenade featuring food and spirits from over 50 area restaurants, wineries and breweries. Guests also enjoyed live music by the MiniDriver Band and bid on a variety of silent auction items.


The Ventura Pier, built in 1872, once served Ventura County's agriculture and oil industries; now it is a popular spot for fishing and taking sunset strolls. It has weathered a number of Pacific storms over the years, and we applaud the community members behind the Pier into the Future for their tireless efforts to preserve this city jewel.

Carpintieria Triathlon Brings Out Competitive Best in People

2013 Carpintieria
                                          Triathlon Need to be inspired to get in better physical condition? Try attending the Carpinteria Triathlon. This year's 16th annual event attracted over 900 men, women and children of all ages, who gathered at Carpinteria State Beach to compete on a bright, sunny Sunday morning on Sept. 29.


Harrison Industries is a longtime sponsor of the Carpinteria Triathlon and congratulates those who competed. The event raised more than $30,000 for the City of Carpinteria's Parks and Recreation Department's youth programs, including After School at the Pool, Aqua Camp and Junior Lifeguards.


John Paul Severin, 28, of Calabasas, swam, bicycled and ran his way to victory in the challenging Olympic course event. He covered the 1.5-kilometer ocean swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run in two hours, 8 minutes and 30 seconds, just under two minutes ahead of second-place finisher, Sam Corace, 31, of Kailua Kona, Hawaii (2:10.21).


Savannah Deardan, 20, of St. Petersburgh, Fla., was the top woman finisher and 10th overall in 2:19.50. Monica Kaplan, 31, of Boulder, Colo., was second in 2:29.31, 33rd overall.


Matthew Wofford, 25, of Thousand Oaks, won the sprint course (750-meter ocean swim, 20-kilometer bike ride and 5-kilometer run) in 53 minutes and 43 seconds. Cindi Abram, 45, of Santa Barbara, was 24th overall and first among women finishers in 1:02.09.

'Badges at the Beach' Party Benefits County Sheriff's Deputies

Badges at the Beach In the spirit of TV favorites "Hawaii Five-O," "Magnum, P.I." and "Miami Vice," the Ventura County Sheriff's Foundation took its annual fundraiser to the beach.


"Badges at the Beach," held Sept. 28 at the Ventura Beach Marriott, featured wining, dining, dancing and fun. As an added feature, guests could visit with the command staff and explore department displays, including the K-9, SWAT and bomb squad units.


Harrison Industries is a proud sponsor of this wonderful party that raises funds for the Ventura County Sheriff's Office for programs and equipment that are not covered in the county's budget. Harrison Vice President Myron Harrison and his wife Sharon were among the revelers.


For more information on how you can help our county sheriff's deputies and their brave K-9 partners, visit

 Harrison Sponsoring First Saticoy Little League Golf Tournament on Nov. 11

2013 SLL-Golf-Tourney
                                          flier Golfers take note: Harrison Industries is sponsoring the first Saticoy Little League Golf Tournament on Nov. 11 at Saticoy Country Club. Since the event is scheduled on Veterans Day, what better way to spend the holiday than on a beautiful golf course?


Featuring a full day of four-man Texas Scramble (Callaway handicap system) play, prizes will be awarded to first through third place. There will be additional chances to compete in the Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin, Hole-in-One and Putting contests, with prizes for each.


Entry is $225 per golfer, and in honor of Veterans Days, there is a $25 military discount. Entry fees include green fees, cart and an awards dinner and reception. The cost to attend the awards dinner and reception only is $50.


Proceeds provide Saticoy Little League players with uniforms, equipment and improved field maintenance. Donations and sponsorships are tax deductible.


To purchase tickets online, visit Sponsorship opportunities also are available. If interested, go to, or call Sandy Harrison at (805) 612-9378.

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