Since the beginning, the Festival has always been about benefiting the community and beyond. With every delicious strawberry bite non-profit food booths reap 100 percent of the profits to benefit their causes. Additional charitable groups aligned with the Festival receive stipends or grants. Since its inception, the California Strawberry Festival has raised more than $4 million dollars to help others in the extended community.
The Festival produces income for over 20 groups that rely on the celebration as their major source of annual fundraising. From upgraded computers to new sports uniforms, buses for field trip outings, repairs, new construction, after school music programs, and more, revenues ultimately reach out to impact the lives of others. Coming together in the name of fun, youths and mentors of all ages work alongside one another, decorate their booths and sell to patrons in their “fun” fundraising quest.
Official Non-Profit Benefactors for 2014
20th Century Onyx Club, Black American Political Association of California, Inc. (BAPAC) Boy Scouts of America, Buena High School Music Association, Calvary Nexus Church, Camarillo Roadrunner Youth Football Inc., Channel Islands High School Athletics, Channel Islands High Migrant Students, City Corp Oxnard, Community Bible Mission, El Concilio, Hueneme Rhino’s Youth Football, JACL, Messiah Fellowship Center, National Latinos Peace Officers Association, Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Oxnard Ambassadors, Oxnard Buddhist Temple, Oxnard High School Band Boosters, Oxnard Kiwanis Club, Oxnard Police Activities League, Oxnard Police Explorers Post 9286, Oxnard Police Reserves, Oxnard United Soccer Club, Oxnard Waves Youth Soccer U16, Pacific Camp Family Resource, Inc., Pacifica Triton Athletic Booster Club, Rio De Valley School Yearbook Club, Rio Mesa High School Athletic Boosters, Rotary Club of Oxnard, Rotary Club of Oxnard Sunrise, Santa Clara High School Athletics, Santa Clara High School Girls Basketball Team, Soroptimists International of Oxnard, Students Securing and Achieving their Future through Education (SSAFE), The Salvation Army, TRI-GLAD, Trinity Community Baptist Church, United Way of Ventura County, Ventura County Chapter Blacks in Government (BIG), Ventura High School Wrestling Booster Club.
The Berry Best Community Connection Booth
Co-Presented by KTLA and The Collection at RiverPark
Festival weekend, stop by and discover how benefiting others is the sweetest way the California Strawberry Festival serves the community. Conveniently located with displays, special appearances, and chances to win prizes on the interactive prize wheel, you can find out the many benefits that come from giving back. It’s also the place where contestants sign up to enter the Berry Best Dressed Baby Contest and Berry Best Hat Contest.
Scholarships Keep the Legacy Alive
With a field of possibilities the California Strawberry Festival remains ever true to the mission of its founders – helping others. As a non-profit public charity event (501 c(3) dedicated to celebrating the region’s robust strawberry industry and giving back, the Festival has raised more than $4 million dollars for the following funding initiatives:
*Regional Non-Profit Fundraising: Each year, volunteers representing more than 20 regional non-profit organizations raise significant funds by working food and beverage booths at the Festival. For many of these organizations the Festival represents their primary annual fundraiser.
*California Strawberry Growers’ Scholarship Fund: Administered by the California Strawberry Commission, these statewide scholarships benefit the children of the strawberry farmworkers in their pursuit of continuing post-secondary education. The Festival contributes $6,000 annually to the Ventura County scholarship program.
*Dr. Tsujio Kato Memorial Scholarship: Established to honor the memory of Dr. Kato and his contribution to the community as founder and Chairman of the original Festival, these scholarships are awarded to Oxnard Unified School District students transitioning from high school to college. The Festival awards $6,000 in annual scholarships.
*California State University Channel Islands Scholarship: The Festival has funded a $25,000 endowment to support students at CSU Channel Islands in perpetuity. Additionally, $1,000 will be donated toward the Oxnard College Scholarship Fund.