June 2011  
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Oxnard Chamber Recognizes CAVC, Sheeler Moving & Storage

Two Whisenhunt Communications clients will be honored tomorrow by the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce at its 2011 Community & Business Awards luncheon at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel.

Community Action of Ventura County, nominated by WC, was named Service Organization Award. Sheeler Moving & Storage was recognized as the Small Business of the Year.

In announcing the honor to CAVC, the Oxnard Chamber noted: "During these tough economic times, Community Action of Ventura County provides valuable and sometimes life changing services for disadvantaged citizens of Oxnard and Ventura County. Energy assistance, weatherization, food and legal assistance are just a few of the services Community Action of Ventura County provides. In 2010, they opened a Green Center in Oxnard to demonstrate to visitors how to make their homes more energy efficient. CAVC understands the needs of its community and has gone above their call of duty, which is why they have been awarded Service Organization of the Year. "

Sheeler moving & storage logoSheeler Moving & Storage, the Chamber said, "has proven in just eight years their clear commitment to the betterment of Oxnard. President Mel Sheeler donates countless hours of time, services and equipment to various organizations throughout Oxnard. FOOD Share, Boys & Girls Club of Oxnard and Port Hueneme, Interface Family Services, Turning Point Foundation and CSUCI
are just a couple of organizations that have benefited from the huge heart Sheeler Moving & Storage possesses."

The WC staff joins the Oxnard Chamber of Commerce in congratulating CAVC and Sheeler Moving & Storage on jobs well done.

NICU Golf Tournament Benefits Hospital's Smallest Patients 

Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation is accepting entries and sponsors for its 14th annual NICU Golf Tournament on Monday, July 25, at Saticoy Country Club in Somis, with proceeds benefiting Community Memorial Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Funds raised offset the cost of the latest in equipment technology used to save the lives of premature and struggling infants. Community Memorial Hospital's NICU holds a Level III designation, a certification reflecting the highest quality of comprehensive care.
In addition to golf, the tournament features lunch, prizes and awards. The tournament's format is a four-person "Texas Scramble." The tournament offers a variety of sponsorship packages, starting with the Players Pack that includes green fees, carts, gift packs and dinner for four. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11 a.m.
 "It's a tremendous afternoon that raises much needed money for the NICU," said Tournament Chairman Dan Boughey, vice president of Rabobank.  "We appreciate everyone's participation and support."
The field will be limited to 144 players. To sponsor this event, enter or for more information visit www.nicugolf.org, or call the Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation office at 667-2881.

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Tax Plan Would Hurt
Casitas Water Customers  

Casitas Newsletter, Summer 2011The latest newsletter of the Casitas Municipal Water District warns customers that a state proposal to take dollars away from special districts could cause a 30 percent water rate increase for Casitas customers. The lead article in the newsletter notes the district is working hard to avoid such a drastic hit to its customers.
The newsletter, produced by Whisenhunt Communications, goes to some 30,000 customers of the Casitas Municipal Water District twice each year. The district supplies water to more than 60,000 people in western Ventura County and to hundreds of farms. The district boundaries encompass the city of Ojai, Upper Ojai, the Ventura River Valley, the city of Ventura eastward to Mills Road and the Rincon and beach areas to the Santa Barbara County line.
The district was formed in 1952 and the Casitas Dam was completed in Nov. 1958 and holds 254,000 acre-feet of water when full. The Lake Casitas Recreation Area has become a very popular destination site with more than 750,000 visitors each year.

Harrison Industries Has Busy Weekend Sponsoring Fundraisers

Harrison family at the Libbey Bowl gala

(L to R) Danny, Victoria, Lynn, Patty, Jim, Jenny and Ralph Harrison show off the E.J. Harrison Family Promenade at the Libbey Bowl Gala on June 4.

The yearlong $4 million "Extreme Makeover" is complete and Ojai's Libbey Bowl is back in business, treating Ventura County residents and visitors alike to a wide range of musical and stage performances.
Family members of Harrison Industries were out in force for Libbey Bowl's Grand Re-Opening Gala on June 4. They included President Ralph Harrison and his wife Jenny; Vice President Jim Harrison; Operations Manager Lynn Harrison and his wife Patty; and Contract Manager Danny Harrison and his wife Victoria. It was a proud moment for them to enter Libbey Bowl's E.J. Harrison Family Pavilion for the first time.
Harrison Industries, a longtime Whisenhunt Communications client, made a substantial donation toward the Ojai Libbey Bowl reconstruction project. The previous wooden amphitheater, built in 1957, fell victim to old age and termites. The new bowl is made of concrete and steel that, with its lawn area, seats about 1,500 people. It was finished just in time for the 65th annual Ojai Music Festival, headlined by renowned violinist Richard Tognetti and his Australian Chamber Orchestra.
June 4-5 was a busy weekend for Harrison Industries. On Sunday afternoon, it sponsored and provided free trash collection service for Casa Pacifica's 18th annual Angels Wine & Food Festival on the University of California Channel Islands campus in Camarillo that drew about 5,000 visitors.
Sunday evening, Harrison Industries helped sponsor fifth annual "Champions of Mental Health" Gala at the Crowne Plaza Ventura Beach Hotel. The fundraiser benefited the Turning Point Foundation, the only non-profit agency in Ventura County that addresses the critical community support needs of mentally ill adults. It serves more than 500 of our most vulnerable community members each year through its shelter, supported housing and rehabilitation programs.

It's All About Changing with Focus

Focus on Education Summer 2011The summer edition of "Focus on Education" from the Ventura County Office of Education was released June 8. Produced by Whisenhunt Communications and distributed through the Ventura County Star, the 12-page newsletter is all about transitions in education.
Students in public schools face many challenges as they move from primary grades into middle school and then high school. Graduation from high school serves as another major change in a student's life. As well, parents also face a specific set of issues as their children grow. Schools throughout Ventura County offer many ways to ease and celebrate these transitions through a child's educational path. Examples highlighted in Focus' articles include summer school programs, special events geared at easing students into new educational opportunities, classes in college preparation and preschool insights.
"Focus on Education" provides an excellent insight into how public schools educate the whole child. A PDF version of "Focus on Education" is available on the VCOE website at www.vcoe.org.
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Cub scouts at TVRS

Cub Scouts Give Back to Rose Society and Community Garden


More than 50 Cub Scouts and their parents from Temecula Cub Scouts Pack 301 spent a recent day weeding, raking and cleaning up leaves at the Rose Haven Heritage Garden in Temecula.

The clean-up was the annual Community Service Project for Pack 301, to which Whisenhunt Communications writer Amy Bentley's 10-year-old son belongs.

Each spring, the Pack does a Community Service Project for a day, where the children and their parents donate their time doing something to benefit a local organization, park or non-profit. This year's day was May 15 and the Cub Scout families donated their gardening services to the Temecula Valley Rose Society, a non-profit organization and Whisenhunt Communications client. The Rose Society owns and operates a beautiful rose garden for the community that is maintained by volunteers and offers a Youth Gardening Program for children.

The Cub Scout families had a great time exploring the blooming garden after breaking a sweat to beautify the gardens' front public areas and help a great local organization.  

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Community Memorial Healthcare Foundation
Casitas Municipal Water District
Harrison Industries
Ventura County Office of Education
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