E.J. Harrison Family Youth Center Opens in Saticoy
The doors of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Ventura's new Saticoy clubhouse – the E.J. Harrison Family Youth Center – officially swung open during a grand opening on Thursday, Nov. 14.
Over 200 community members and scores Saticoy children attended the event that was held also to honor the over 120 donors of the new 4,000-square-foot facility. Ed Summers, board president of the B&GC of Greater Ventura, presided over the event that featured dedication ceremony by members of the Saticoy Chumash community.
The club is named in honor of Harrison Industries, a Ventura-based trash and recyclables collecting company, which matched the contribution the Ventura County Board of Supervisors made in 2010 to launch the $1.3 million project.
"We're thrilled to help build the club in Saticoy, where our business began," said Harrison Industries President Ralph Harrison, who attended the ceremony with his brothers, company Vice Presidents Jim Harrison and Myron Harrison, along with a large number of other Harrison family members.
"Our parents, E.J. and Myra, always told us to help children, because they are our future," Myron Harrison said. "The need was great and the fact that Saticoy is the hub of our business makes this even more special. It was the right thing to do at the right time."
The new building, designed by Main Street Architects of Ventura, features a separate technology area, teen room, learning center, kitchen, art room, office, lobby, multipurpose room and games room. It replaces the old 1,500-square-foot clubhouse in Saticoy Park – a dual-wide construction site trailer that the Ventura County Sheriff's Department donated to B&GCV after building the Todd Road Jail about 20 years ago.
Following the ceremony, attendees toured the club. They included Ventura County Supervisors Steve Bennett and John Zaragoza, former County Supervisor Susan Lacey, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean, Ventura Mayor Mike Tracy and Ventura Councilmember Cheryl Heitmann.
Donations are still needed to help continue operating the facility. For more information, call 641-5585.