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Boys & Girls Club site
to be named after E.J. Harrison family

 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 summer of 2012. The 4,000-square-foot Boys & Girls Club named after E.J.Harrison familyclubhouse will replace the current 1,500-square-foot clubhouse in Saticoy Park. The new building was designed by Main Street Architects of Ventura.

Harrison’s donation matches the contribution the Ventura County Board of Supervisors made in 2010 to launch the $1.3 million project.

“This absolutely is the most appropriate name for the center because of the Harrison family’s deep roots in Saticoy,” said BGCV Chief Executive Officer Diane Koranda, noting that the company’s headquarters is located nearby.

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.

Koranda said BGCV so far has raised about $1 million for the project, with most of the money coming through building room naming opportunities.

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

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