April 2011  
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Saticoy Boys & Girls Club Site to Be Named After E.J. Harrison Family

Harrisons with B& G Club president Diane Koranda

Ralph (left), Myron and Jim Harrison are with Diane Koranda, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Ventura, who is holding the artist's rendering of the new Saticoy clubhouse to be named the E.J. Harrison Family Youth Center.

The future Boys & Girls Club of Ventura's Saticoy clubhouse will be named after the E.J. Harrison family, which has donated $400,000 toward its construction.

Ground-breaking for the E.J. Harrison Family Youth Center is set for September and it is expected to open sometime in the fall of 2012. The 4,000-square-foot clubhouse will replace the current 1,500-square-foot clubhouse in Saticoy Park, a dual-wide leftover construction site trailer that the Ventura County Sheriff's Department donated to BGCV after building the Todd Road Jail about 20 years ago. The new building is designed by Main Street Architects of Ventura.

The new clubhouse will feature a separate technology area, teen room, learning center, kitchen, art room, office, lobby, multipurpose room and game room. Harrison's donation matches the contribution the Ventura County Board of Supervisors made in 2010 to launch the $1.3 million project.

Harrison Industries President Ralph Harrison and his brothers Jim and Myron, vice presidents of the local trash-hauling company, said that by making the donation they are following the example set by their parents, E.J. and Myra Harrison, who founded the company in 1932.

"Our parents 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."

Harrison also is donating the cost of demolishing the old clubhouse and hauling off its materials to Gold Coast Recycling and Transfer Station for processing.

BGCV remains about $300,000 short of its campaign goal and is seeking donors for the following remaining rooms: technology center, teen center, game room and program office. For more information, call 641-5585 or visit www.bgclubventura.org.

CRM Funding Launches Website

CRM Funding websiteCRM Funding of Ventura has been providing mobile and manufactured home financing since 1991. Owner Tom Ramey recently decided his firm could make it easier for potential clients by having a user-friendly website.
Graphic artist Joan Phelps, who has been with Whisenhunt Communications for 10 years, had an initial meeting with Tom and working closely with him she had a website up and running for CRM Funding within a month.
Since the site went online recently, there have been 184 visits, 644 page views and an average time on the site of 10 minutes, 37 seconds.  Site visitors seeking a loan can download qualification worksheets for mobile home purchases or mobile home refinances.
"As a designer, I strive to make a site user-friendly and graphically pleasing. I don't like to confuse the user with a lot of bells and whistles. Get to the point and get the information needed," Joan said.

To check out CRM Funding's new website, go to www.crmfunding.com.

CAVC Sets Two Meetings to Determine Community Needs

Community Action of Ventura County (CAVC) logoCommunity Action of Ventura County has scheduled two meetings to seek input from the public on how the local non-profit agency can best serve the needs of low-income and disadvantaged residents during the next two years.

The first meeting will be held in Oxnard on Thursday, April 21, at the St. Paul Baptist Church, 1777 Statham Blvd. The second is in Thousand Oaks on Thursday, May 12, at the Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road. Both meetings will begin at 6 p.m.

Executive Director Socorro Lopez Hanson said that with CAVC facing severe cuts in federal and state funding, it needs to know which programs - including energy, housing, food, legal and youth assistance - to focus on.

CAVC, a Whisenhunt Communications client, will integrate the public's input into its biennial Community Action Plan that it will release in July.

CAVC, located at 621 Richmond Drive in Oxnard, helps low-income, disadvantaged and at-risk families and individuals to become self-sufficient through a variety of programs and services. Started in 1965, CAVC serves about 10,000 clients a year.

For more information on CAVC programs and services, call 436-4000 or 648-6088. Or visit its website at www.ca-vc.org

Temecula Valley Rose Society Holds First Bloom Celebration at Rose Haven Garden May 21

TVRS First Bloom FlyerThe Temecula Valley Rose Society is hosting its inaugural "First Bloom Celebration" on Saturday, May 21 at the Rose Haven Heritage Garden in Temecula.

The event is from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and will honor the 20th anniversary of Rose Haven, a 3.4-acre garden that the Rose Society owns and maintains for the benefit of the public.

The First Bloom Celebration offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy thousands of beautiful locally grown roses and a day in the garden with experts in rose care, music and fun activities for children. There will be a plant sale and visitors are encouraged to try their hand at plein-air painting or photograph the garden.

Rose Haven features about 2,000 roses, including hybrid teas, floribundas, climbers and mini roses, plus a drought-tolerant garden, gazebo and reflecting pond. Visitors are always welcome.

For information about the Rose Society, please visit www.temeculavalleyrosesociety.org.

Donate Your Old Car, Boat or RV to the Humane Society of VC

old truckHave a car you would like to donate? With the help of Jeff Kroll, your car, RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle can be used for the benefit of the animals at the Humane Society of Ventura County Shelter and Adoption Center.  After passing a safety check and smog test, donated vehicles are sold to benefit the shelter.

In the seven years that Kroll, owner of JDK Enterprises, has been overseeing the car donation program, over $120,000 has been raised to benefit the shelter. Though the "Cash for Clunkers" program slowed donations down a bit while it was in effect, $11,000 was still raised in 2010, thanks to Jeff's dedication. These funds were used to house, feed, provide veterinary care and find homes for many shelter animals.

Donating a vehicle is a great way to help out and also enjoy an income tax deduction, as the HSVC is a nonprofit organization.

Donating is easy and convenient at www.humanesocietyvc.org. Click "Support the Animals" and select "Donating a Car." Simply fill out the online form and Kroll will get back to you to make the arrangements for the transfer of the vehicle.

For more information, call Kroll at (805) 640-8128 (office) or (805) 890-1486 (cell), or email him at ojaiomy@aol.com

Nan Drake Once Again
Honored by Business Times

Nan DrakeNan Drake has been named for a fourth consecutive year one of the Top 50 Women in Business by the Pacific Coast Business Times.  She is governmental affairs and public relations director for Harrison Industries and Gold Coast Recycling and Transfer Station, clients of Whisenhunt Communications.
Drake and other honorees were recognized at a special reception on March 25 at Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara.
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Humane Society of Ventura County
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