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Harrisons to be Honored at 'Breakfast of Champions'
Harrison Brothers Make Pac Biz Times' 'Who's Who' List
American Cancer Society's 'Starry Starry Night' a Delight
Ventura County Fair Joins Food Waste Pilot Program
Camarillo Chili Cook-off Spices Up Labor Day Weekend
Cool Breeze Century Ride Draws 1,400 Bicycling Enthusiasts
Harrison Golfers Place Third at B&GC of Ventura Tournament
Carpinteria Chamber Golf Tournament on Sept. 12 Benefits Local Kids
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Harrisons to be Honored at 'Breakfast of Champions'

Ralph and Jenny Harrison

Another big honor is coming Harrison Industries President Ralph Harrison's way. He and his wife Jenny will be recognized for their philanthropy at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley's annual "Breakfast of Champions" event on Wednesday, Sept. 18.


World-champion professional surfer and author Shaun Thomson will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast that begins at 7:30 a.m. at 1064 E. Santa Paula St., Santa Paula. 


It should be an entertaining and informative morning. In addition to being a surfer and author - his new book is entitled, "The Code: The Power of 'I Will'" - Thomson, a native of South Africa, is also a successful businessman, actor and noted environmentalist. He currently is an inspirational speaker for some of the world's largest companies and talks about the influence of positive values on success in life and business.


He certainly will have a lot to say, and it's not too late to make reservations. Just call 525-7910. Proceeds benefit the thousands of kids in the Santa Clara Valley who take advantage of the services and programs the B&GCSV offers daily.

Harrison Brothers Make Pac Biz Times' 'Who's Who' List 

Myron, Ralph and Jim Harrison
(L to R) Myron, Ralph and Jim Harrison

It was a big honor for the Harrison brothers - Ralph, Jim and Myron - to be recognized in the Pacific Coast Business Times' "Who's Who in Clean Tech and Sustainability" special section that was published on
Aug. 9.

Ralph, Jim and Myron were among 54 environmental leaders in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties featured in the publication. The issue profiled leaders in companies that are developing, producing, installing and using a variety of green and sustainable energy sources, including solar, wind, wave and other emerging clean-energy sources.

The Harrison brothers were honored for their continuing efforts to help all of Harrison Industries' client cities - Ventura, Camarillo, Carpinteria, Thousand Oaks, Ojai and Fillmore - and the County of Ventura to meet strict state recycling and air quality mandates.

 We're also proud that our environmental partner Bill Camarillo of Agromin also was recognized as a "Who's Who in Clean Tech and Sustainability" by the PCBT.

American Cancer Society's 'Starry Starry Night' a Delight 

2013 ACS-Starry starry night
(L to R) John and Letha Harrison, Jenny and Ralph Harrison, Nan Drake and Jim Harrison

Ralph and Jenny Harrison, John and Letha Harrison, Lynn and Patti Harrison, and Jim Harrison and I enjoyed a delightful evening at the American Cancer Society of Ventura County's "Starry Starry Night" 100th birthday celebration on Aug. 17.

The event was held at the beautiful Eden Gardens in Moorpark. It's a little bit of paradise featuring breathtaking landscaping, winding paths and water features. We and 300 other guests enjoyed lakeside cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, entertainment, tours of the gardens and aviaries, silent and live auctions, a gourmet dinner catered by Command Performance, and dancing to jazz music.

The evening's honoree was longtime ACS volunteer and donor, Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long, herself a cancer survivor.

Now in its fifth year, the gala, chaired by Marty Robinson and Kris Carraway-Bowman, has raised more than $700,000 for the ACS. Harrison Industries sponsored a table and a featured drink for the evening, an apple martini they call an "Appletini."

It was a great evening for an even greater cause!

Ventura County Fair Joins Food Waste Pilot Program

Food Waste Since Harrison Industries and our strategic partner Agromin launched our pilot commercial food waste program in April 2012, about 1,300 tons of biodegradable food scraps have been diverted from local landfills. That's a lot of fruit and vegetable skins, unused dairy products and meat fat!


Now, the food waste Harrison trucks collect from a number of local businesses are transported to Agromin, which employs a Covered Aerated Static Pile System to mix the food waste with yard waste to create alternative fuels and 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.


Over 50 businesses have joined the food waste program - from restaurants and supermarkets to hospitals and schools - and the number is steadily growing. And, for the first year, we placed food waste containers with vendors and in food courts at the Ventura County Fair.


Donald Sealund, food waste coordinator for Harrison Industries, reports 6.6 tons of biodegradable food scraps were collected during the 12-day fair. The next community event you will find our yellow-lid food waste containers is the 27th annual California Avocado Festival in Carpinteria on Oct. 4-6. 


Harrison and Agromin's goal is to expand the program to more businesses and, eventually, to our residential customers as we continue our march toward "Zero Waste."


For more information, call Sealund at 647-1414, ext. 4318.

Camarillo Chili Cook-off Spices Up Labor Day Weekend

Camarillo Chili
George Harrison, general manager of Gold Coast Recycling & Transfer Station (left), enjoyed the Camarillo Chili Cook-Off and Music Festival with daughter Blayke, son-in-law Bryce, wife Danielle and granddaughter Bradlee.

For thousands of locals wanting to get away for the Labor Day weekend - but not that far way - Camarillo Ranch was a great place to be on Sept. 1 for the 5th annual Camarillo Chili Cook-off and Music Festival.


The festival offered much more than just delicious chili. The Pleasant Valley Lions Club held a barbecue with plenty of beer, wine and soft drinks. Guests also enjoyed a Classic Car Display and Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament as well as a special fun and games zone for the kids. And, of course, there was great music by Fantastic Diamond, a Neil Diamond tribute band, and the popular local country band, Caught Red Handed.


Harrison Industries is a proud Gold Sponsor of this fun-filled community event that benefits Camarillo Hospice, which does such a wonderful job of providing compassionate care and comfort for those nearing the end of their lives, as well as offering loving support for their family members and friends.


To learn more about the great work being done by Camarillo Hospice, visit

Cool Breeze Century Ride Draws 1,400 Bicycling Enthusiasts

Cool Breeze graphic A real cool event is the Cool Breeze Century 2013 bicycle ride, held on Aug. 17. About 1,400 biking enthusiasts of all age groups and endurance levels participated in 19th annual event that started and finished at Mission Park in Ventura.


Bicyclists had their choice of covering five distances - 34, 60, 95, 107 and 125 miles - on routes along the coast of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and then inland through scenic orchards and flower ranches in East Santa Barbara County.


It's inspiring to see so many men, women and children participating, and for such a great cause. Money raised was divided evenly by the Kiwanis Club of Ventura and the Channel Islands Bicycle Club to help provide for activities and scholarships through their individual foundations.


Harrison Industries is happy to be a sponsor of this fun but challenging event. Can you imagine riding a bicycle for 125 miles? That's a long trip for me in my car! 

 Harrison Golfers Place Third at B&GC of Ventura Tournament

Boys & Girls Club of
                                          Ventura Golf Classic Placing third is becoming a habit for Harrison Industries' golfing foursome of Vice President Myron Harrison, Controller Mike Marostica, Assistant Controller Phil Campos and Steve Shinski of City National Bank.


A few weeks after taking third place at the Rotary Clubs of Camarillo's 21st annual Care for Kids Classic, they did it again at the 30th annual Golf Classic benefiting the Boys & Girls Club of Ventura on Aug. 12.


The Texas Scramble tournament held at the Saticoy Country Club drew close to 140 golfers, so third place is a mighty impressive feat! Harrison Industries also was a sponsor of the event that raises much-needed funds for the B&GCV's five club sites in Ventura, Saticoy and Oak View.

Carpinteria Chamber Golf Tournament on Sept. 12 Benefits Local Kids

Carpinteria Chamber logo I'm inviting golfers of all playing levels to join the fun at the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the Glen Annie Golf Club in Santa Barbara.


Harrison Industries sponsors a hole in this shotgun format tournament that raises funds for the Junior Carpinteria Scholarship Fund. Registration will begin at 10:30 a.m., a putting contest begins at 11 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 1 p.m.


After-golf festivities will include trophy presentations, music by Bonnie & Co., and a tri-tip and chicken barbecue, plus great raffle prizes and a silent and live auction.


Don't play golf? No problem. You're still invited to attend the barbecue and business networking festivities. Rather than drive to Glen Annie, Santa Barbara Air Bus will provide a comfortable ride from the Carpinteria Chamber offices to the Golf Club and back. As an added bonus, bus riders will be treated to craft beers from Carpinteria's Island Brewing Co


For more information, call the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce office at 684-5479, ext. 10 or visit

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Nan Drake
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