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Bridgeway’s Chairperson’s Dinner Celebrates Its Supporters

UNION, N.J. -- Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services, New Jersey's leading nonprofit mental health and substance use rehabilitation and recovery organization, will host its Annual Chairperson's Dinner on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at 373 Clermont Terrace in Union, N.J.

"The theme of our event this year is 'Peace Love and Wellness,'" said event host Bridgeway Board Chairperson Joseph Perez, Partner at WithumSmith+Brown, CPA. "We promise a fun evening! We are looking forward to celebrating with Bridgeway's friends and stakeholders what we have accomplished and our plans for the future. Our honorees have all contributed to Bridgeway's success, from generous volunteerism to innovative community support to passionate advocacy."

Bridgeway will honor contributions by Jim O'Connor, CRO of The Health Benefit Alliance with Volunteer of the Year Award; Michael Frost, Director of Somerset County Department of Human Services, with Community Partner of the Year Award; and NAMI NJ with Advocates of the Year Award, accepted by esteemed Executive Director Meredith Blount.

The Chairperson's Dinner is on April 19 from 6-10 p.m. and includes happy hour, dinner by Encore Caterers, a silent auction, pop-up photo studio, and live music by Chip Mergott, The Happy Boys, and Chuck Lambert. Several unique sponsorship and journal advertising opportunities are available. Donations to Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services are tax-deductible as allowable by law.

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Tickets and Sponsorships can be purchased online here:

Custom Sponsorships are available by calling Lisa Giannascoli at 908-635-7647.

About Bridgeway:

Over the past 55 years, Bridgeway Behavioral Health Services has grown from providing one vocational program for people experiencing mental health disabilities, located in Bridgeway's founding home in the City of Elizabeth, to providing a range of urgent care, short term and long term services answering a growing need among our friends, neighbors and loved ones.

Bridgeway services provide evidence based treatment for mental health care, substance use, and co-morbidities in ten New Jersey counties. Services include living room model crisis intervention centers in Hudson and union Counties, as well as extensive professional session-based counseling services.

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Camarillo Wedding Expo Takes the Planning Outdoors on March 26

CAMARILLO, Calif. -- On Sunday, March 26, couples and wedding planners have the opportunity to nail down the details of their upcoming special day at a unique event spanning two Ventura County cities. The Camarillo Wedding Expo grants people access to five different wedding venues so they can explore their options in a single, fun-filled day.

The Expo is geared toward couples looking to take advantage of the stunning natural surroundings of the County and its consistently beautiful weather. At this event, they get the chance to find their perfect outdoor wedding location.

With a ticket to the Expo, attendees can visit all five of these venues:

* Casi Cielo Vineyards (1735 Pancho Rd, Camarillo, CA 93012 - @casicielovinyards)

* Gerry Ranch (9015 Rosita Rd, Santa Rosa Valley, CA 93012 - @gerryranchweddings)

* Maravilla Gardens (8620 Santa Rosa Rd, Camarillo, CA 93012 - @m_gardens)

* Walnut Grove (3370 Sunset Valley Rd, Moorpark, CA 93021 - @walnutgroveweddings)

* Eden Gardens (3900 Brennan Rd, Moorpark, CA 93021 - @e_gardens)

Upon visiting their first venue, attendees get a wristband that grants them access to the remaining four. The Expo runs from 1 to 5 p.m., giving engaged couples and planners plenty of time to explore each venue and enjoy the scenic drive between.

At the venues, people won't just get the chance to look around and imagine their wedding there. To further help them plan their celebratory day, the Expo also brings together a range of vendors. With music, tastings, and giveaways, the Camarillo Wedding Expo promises to be a day that's both enjoyable and useful in wedding planning endeavors.

Nearlyweds are invited to bring friends and family to the event.

Tickets to the Camarillo Wedding Expo cost $10 per person.

Anyone who purchases a ticket is automatically entered to win the Camarillo Wedding Expo Raffle. The Grand Prize winner will get two nights at a hotel, dinner (including wine) for two, and a gift certificate for the Camarillo Premium Outlets.

The event coordinators extend many thanks to Visit Camarillo for generously sponsoring both the Expo and the raffle.

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EOarts Brings Together Extraordinary International Talents From Different Creative Industries For A Show In Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- On March 18, 2023, The Espejo Organization for the Arts (EOarts) will present THE EXTRAORDINARIES, an exhibition that brings together some of the best foreign-born talents working in the American creative industry. "The goal of the show is to highlight the quality and innovation that imported talent brings to the cultural and creative landscape of the US," said Kika Espejo, Director of EOarts.

The show, which takes its title from the denomination of the visa and permanent resident status awarded to professionals of extraordinary ability in the field of the arts, includes an array of creative practices from immigrant artists from all over the world.

"Creatives who have obtained Extraordinary Ability immigration statuses have demonstrated their original contribution to their field but don't often get much visibility, nor does the wide public recognize what an important role imported talent plays in the development of our country's creative industry," Espejo explains.

This show presents a survey of the works that a selection of these professionals are currently developing, bringing together creators of many different industries to promote and bring awareness to the significance that immigrant talents play in the development of the American cultural field.

The show will count on the participation of accomplished and award-winning international artists and creative professionals. In the area of visual arts, the exhibition will present the works of Brazilian painter and illustrator Niege Borges, Japanese sand artist Naoshi, Lebanese mix media artist Hildos, Hongkongese artist and milliner Penny Chu, Iranian Illustrator Elham Ataeiazar, and Spanish painters Amaia Marzabal and Aida Miro. Macedonian visual artist Mensur Bojda, Ukranian surface and texture artist Maksym Kazarin, and Indian multidisciplinary artist Kuldeep Singh are also taking part in this show.

In the area of photography, the show will include three distinguished professionals, including the fashion and documentary photographer from Sweden, Izabella Demavlys, the Canadian fine art and wedding photographer Erica Reade, and the boudoir and fine arts photographer from Mexico, Gaspar Marquez, who is also involved in the production of the show.

Additionally, the event will include the works of exceptional creatives in the field of design, such as English graphic designer Crissy Bogusz, Chilean art director Nicolas Mardones, Indian urban designer Uttara Ramakrishnan, Spanish architectural designer Ana Avanzini, and the Czech 3D designers Johana & Maxim Kroft. In the area of fashion, the show will also count on the works of Chinese creative director Churou Wang, Japanese costume designer Saori Mitome, and Chinese bespoke tailor and designer Yuecen Cai.

Adding to the exhibition and organized with the support of Brazilian producer Roberta Fernandes, the event will also host two special performances and presentations. Spanish actor and producer Edu Diaz will present an excerpt from his successful play Fantastic Mr. S, recently presented at the United Solo Festival. The Brazilian editor and astrologist, Larissa Xavier, will also participate in the show with a presentation of her collaborative project "New York Women & The Zodiac."

"THE EXTRAORDINARIES is a one-of-its-kind event that intends to go beyond the mere experience of a traditional art show. Multidisciplinary shows have the ability to bring together works from many fields into a conversation, allowing not only to create intrinsic connections between pieces but to generate narratives that expand beyond the borders of each medium," says Colombian Guest Curator Julian Montenegro.

The exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, March 18, 2023, between 6:30 and 8:30 pm, at Meadow Studios (35 Meadow Street) in Brooklyn.

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Black History Month – Teaching Black Children The Value Of Building Wealth, Saving Money, and Financial Literacy

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- On the last day of Black History Month, nationally recognized Black Producer and Creator Joe Young, Jr., in partnership with JPMorgan Chase, will launch a print and digital comic book teaching financial literacy to students featuring "KEMET, BIG TIME SAVER."

On February 28, 2023, 10 a.m. at P.S. 171 Patrick Henry Preparatory school in Harlem, Principal Dimitres Pantelidis, will host a Black History Month event for fourth, fifth, and sixth-grade students to celebrate the conclusion of the month.

Students will officially meet KEMET, a ten-year-old time-traveling comic character who goes back to meet African-American historical firsts, legends, and inventors, both living and deceased, who share with KEMET what they have done to contribute to the outstanding accomplishments of building this country and improving civilization.

By traveling through a history time capsule called "Sankofa 82," KEMET, in mascot form, will talk to the students about the value of money and saving and the importance of financial literacy.

"There is a dire need for youth in urban areas to understand the importance of basic money management," said Joe Young, Founder and Producer of Joe Young Entertainment. "KEMET, BIG TIME SAVER will engage the students to think about the value of money, saving, and investing. Promoting financial literacy in our schools impacts the mind and behavior towards money management and understanding the value and importance of generational wealth."

"Financial health is a critical component of creating a stronger economic foundation and building generational wealth for the Black community," said Jumoke Fagbayi-Butts, Vice President and Senior Business Consultant at Chase. "We are committed to addressing the unique financial needs of those too often left behind in a growing economy. Our firm works with leaders like Joe Young to support the next generation of Black prosperity."

"We are happy to join nationally recognized cartoonist Joe Young, his cartoon character KEMET, BIG TIME SAVER, and JoAnn H. Price, Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Fairview Capital, to present this comic book to all students at P.S. 171 in Harlem," said Rocky Chowdhury, Vice President, and Community Manager for Chase in Harlem. "Building positive financial health habits early in life leads to great success, and applaud Joe's work to teach students responsible money habits that will help secure their financial futures."


KEMET, BIG TIME SAVER comic book, was co-written by Joe Young and his daughter Paige Young. The comic book story features ten-year-old "Ro" who runs a lemonade stand and decides to use her profits from the revenues generated from her lemonade stand business to buy a new scooter. She gets frustrated after running into problems raising enough money.

KEMET, alerted about her dilemma, takes off in "Sankofa 82" to help her. He introduces Ro to three successful Black entrepreneurs from past and present: the late A.G. Gaston, one of the wealthiest African Americans of his time, including a $130 million business empire spanning communications, real estate, and insurance; JoAnn H. Price, Co-Founder/Managing Partner of Fairview Capital Partners (Private Equity and Venture Capital firm) with over $10.4 Billion in assets under management since inception; and the late Mary Ellen Pleasant, a 19th-century entrepreneur, financier, real estate magnate, and abolitionist who was the first self-made millionaire of African-American heritage.

Beginning in March, Young and his mascot KEMET will commence a tour to visit schools and youth groups with his KEMET BIG TIME SAVER PROGRAM. The KEMET youth activity sheets, which include fun and educational Black history facts, are distributed nationwide to schools and Black newspapers, reaching over 22 million readers a week. Young is in pre-production for the KEMET BIG TIME SAVER animated film.

* 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. P.S. 171 Patrick Henry School, 19 E 103rd St, New York, NY 10029

Black History Month event with over 100 elementary students to meet KEMET, celebrate African American leaders and discuss the importance of financial health and generational wealth for young people. Courtesy of JP Morgan Chase, every student will receive a copy of KEMET, BIG TIME SAVER.

* 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

Joe Young will host a KEMET Book Signing at the historic Apollo Theater in Harlem to celebrate Black History Month.


Joe Young is the Founder and president of Joe Young Entertainment and the President and CEO of Hartford's Got Talent!, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. He is an award-winning cartoonist, filmmaker, producer, writer, and teaching artist. Young is the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of The University of Bridgeport. In 2022 Young teamed up with music icon Smokey Robinson to produce the animated BLACK AMERICAN film. The animation was featured on ABC's "The View" TV program. In 1999, he received the Daily Point of Light award from the White House from Presidents Bill Clinton and the late President George H.W. Bush for volunteering to bring the arts to inner-city youth.

He has been recognized for his accomplishments, including being an Amazon National Best-Selling Author, featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not, and in The NAACP 100 Most Influential Blacks in CT. His work has appeared in People, Ebony, GQ and Jet Magazine, the Boston Globe, New York Times, C-Span, ABC's The View, CNN, the Black Family Channel, and other national media outlets.

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ACES Quality Management Taps Mortgage and Financial Services QC/Risk Experts to Headline 2023 ACES ENGAGE

DENVER, Colo. -- ACES Quality Management® (ACES), the leading provider of enterprise quality management and control software for the financial services industry, has announced its speaker lineup for the upcoming ACES ENGAGE conference, taking place at the historic Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, May 17 - 19, 2023.

ACES has carefully curated this year's ACES ENGAGE lineup to provide attendees the opportunity to learn from industry experts and thought leaders. 2023 ACES ENGAGE Speakers to include: the Mortgage Bankers Association's Chief Economist and Senior Vice President Michael Fratantoni, Ballard Spahr Partner and Mortgage Banking Group Practice Leader Richard J. Andreano, Jr., Fannie Mae's Senior Director in Single Family Risk Loan Quality Candace Kubida and keynote speaker Jeff Evans, an adventurer and expedition leader.

"Last year's ACES ENGAGE event was a huge success, and we strive to make each year even better. We are confident this speaker lineup will help attendees expand both personally and professionally," ACES CEO Trevor Gauthier said. "With fraud up nearly 20% and the cost of corrections rising, lenders need to shore up their defenses. ACES ENGAGE will leave attendees with a deeper understanding of proactive quality assurance and compliance and strategies to protect loan quality and mitigate risk."

ACES ENGAGE will offer a mix of general session presentations, panel discussions and social activities. Attendees have the opportunity to learn from industry experts and thought leaders, network and leave with the knowledge necessary to increase efficiencies, improve productivity and further quality at their organizations.

Register to attend ACES ENGAGE and learn more at

About ACES Quality Management:

ACES Quality Management is the leading provider of enterprise quality management and control software for the financial services industry. The nation's most prominent lenders, servicers and financial institutions rely on ACES Quality Management & Control Software® to improve audit throughput and quality while controlling costs, including:

* 60% of the top 50 independent mortgage lenders;

* 8 of the top 10 loan servicers;

* 11 of the top 30 retail banks; and

* 1 of the top 3 credit unions in the United States.

Unlike other quality control platforms, only ACES delivers Flexible Audit Technology, which gives independent mortgage lenders and financial institutions the ability to easily manage and customize ACES to meet their business needs without having to rely on IT or other outside resources. Using a customer-centric approach, ACES clients get responsive support and access to our experts to maximize their investment.

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Hollywood Burlesque Festival Offers Sweetheart Deal Just In Time for Valentine’s Day

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- With Valentine's Day less than a week away, last minute shoppers need not fret. The Hollywood Burlesque Festival is offering a sweetheart deal that includes a chance to win two VIP tickets and a 30% discount for anyone that buys at least two tickets.

"For anyone who is still trying to find the perfect Valentine's gift less than a week away from the big day, tickets to the Hollywood Burlesque Festival are sure to create anticipation before the event, enjoyment during the event, and tantalizing memories long after the final curtain closes," said Miss Spent Youth, Hollywood Burlesque Festival producer and performer. "With couples making up the majority of our attendees, we want to give couples an incentive to get their tickets early through this promotion."

Heading into its 10th year, the Hollywood Burlesque Festival takes place March 17-19, 2023 at The Vermont Hollywood.

With more than 70 beauties serving up the oft-forgotten art of the tease, this will be an unforgettable event that delights, allures and entertains everyone -- couples, groups of friends and even those who attend unaccompanied.

Over the weekend, attendees will also be able to take part in burlesque classes and workshops and imbibe in the most delectable food and drinks curated for The Hollywood Burlesque Festival by sponsors Sailor Jerry Rum, Hendricks Gin, Milagro Tequila, Reyka Vodka AND Monkey Shoulder Whiskey.

For a chance to win two VIP tickets, just visit and click on the "Get In Touch" tab at the top. From there, just sign up for email updates and you'll be entered in the contest. Entries will be accepted until Feb. 13, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Please visit for more information and to purchase tickets. Anyone who purchases two tickets will automatically receive the discount.


The Hollywood Burlesque Festival aims to ensure the ongoing tradition of burlesque in the arts and to raise awareness and appreciation of an art form that both empowers and admires the human figure. We believe that modern burlesque is for every body regardless of the previous beauty standards performers were forced to adhere to.

We welcome acts of all styles and performers of any shape, size, color, ability, background, age, identity, gender, or economic class to join our stage. The Hollywood Burlesque Festival was founded in 2013 by the Foul-Mouthed Godmother of LA Burlesque Lili VonSchtupp. The festival is currently run by veteran performer and producer Miss Spent Youth.


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IMPACT AZ 2025 Announces JPMorgan Chase as Title Sponsor and Program Details for Supplier Diversity Readiness Initiative

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Millionaire Mastermind Academy announced today that IMPACT AZ 2025, a nine-month supplier diversity readiness program designed to close the racial wealth gap for black and minority business owners, is proud to announce JPMorgan Chase as its title sponsor. Since 2015, JPMorgan Chase has spent $11 billion with diverse suppliers. In 2020 alone, the diverse supplier spend was over $2 billion. JPMorgan Chase Global Supplier Diversity's mission is to develop and engage with certified and qualified diverse businesses to promote economic growth in communities.

IMPACT AZ 2025 is an action-focused program that includes a physical space to assist business owners with resources to promote stability and growth and business development for supplier diversity opportunities. It features procurement access, mentorship and networking opportunities, training in accounting and finance, access to public and private partnerships, and more. According to a recent report, supplier diversity programs could add $280 billion in income and four million new jobs to the U.S. economy.

"JPMorgan Chase is profoundly committed to supporting programs that help close the racial wealth gap and uplifting our Black business and entrepreneurial community is key to achieving that goal," said Ashley Kelly, Senior Business Consultant for Chase in Arizona. "This program will deliver expertise and support to help participants scale and grow their businesses in a sustainable manner. I'm very excited about supporting this collaboration."

IMPACT 2025, a direct response to the 2022 State of Black Business report released by the State of Black Arizona, is accepting corporate support to ensure the program is no-cost for cohort participants. The report shared that more than half of Black business owners in Arizona face a lack of access to capital driven by low levels of personal wealth, creditworthiness disparities and low loan request rates.

Corporations interested in supporting IMPACT AZ 2025 can contact or call 888-509-1145.

​"I was born into poverty and had to bootstrap my business and learn how to grow and succeed. A decade later, I have built a national brand and am privileged to share everything I learned to help others do the same," said Dr. Velma Trayham, founder of the Millionaire Mastermind Academy. "I credit hard work, faith, and having access to procurement opportunities for my ability to rise above poverty. I am thrilled and honored to support the Arizona business community and have supporters like JPMorgan Chase who understand the deep need for such work."

IMPACT AZ 2025 is accepting applications from small business owners interested in a solutions-driven program that will help them grow business with corporations, expand customer discovery and enhance financial management and business development. The application deadline is March 15, and the program will kick off on April 24 at the Millionaire Mastermind Academy's Scottsdale office at Arizona State University's Skysong 3.

Key business activities will support building capacity for contracts, financial planning and management, income generation, business operations, and more.

About IMPACT AZ 2025:

IMPACT AZ 2025 is a supplier diversity readiness program designed to close the racial wealth gap of business owners. Supported by the Millionaire Mastermind Academy and the Arizona Black Chamber of Commerce, IMPACT AZ 2025 is a nine-month business accelerator focused on supplier diversity training to grow business opportunities. For more information, visit

About Millionaire Mastermind Academy:

The Millionaire Mastermind Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to educate and support the growth of women-owned business enterprises, thereby strengthening the economic impact in their community. We have mentored more than 8,000 women through technical assistance & economic empowerment programs. For more information, visit

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Arlington Philharmonic to premiere 242 year-old work in upcoming concert

ARLINGTON, Mass. -- The Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra will perform the United States premiere a composition written in 1781 by Marianna Martines, a student of Franz Joseph Haydn. Martines work is the overture to her oratorio "Isacco." This edition by the Philharmonic Orchestra's Music Director Orlando Cela aims to preserve as much as possible the intentions of the composer, and show the mastery of Martines.

Martines was born in Vienna in 1744, in a building where luminary artists resided - Nicola Porpora and Franz Joseph Haydn, for example - above the chambers of the Esterhazy dowager princess. The poet Metastasio lived with Martines' family since 1734, and he helped to connect Martines to these artists, and more. By age ten, Martines was performing for the Imperial court, either singing or playing her compositions, which showed amazing prowess in her writing and her singing, since these compositions were not easy. She was the first woman to be inducted into the Accademia Filarmonica di Bologna, and became a very popular musician in her day, being compared to CPE Bach on her harpsichord playing, and possibly having influenced the then 12 y.o. Mozart's Mass KV. 139.

The overture to be performed will open the Philharmonic Society of Arlington's Mid-Winter Concert entitled "It's All About Papa," since all the works are written by or influenced by "Papa" Franz Joseph Haydn. The rest of the program will include Johannes Brahms' "Variations on a Theme by Haydn," and Haydn's Cello Concerto No. 2 in D, featuring the 2022 Philharmonic Society of Arlington's Young Artist Competition Winner, cellist Elena Ariza.


The concert will take place on Saturday, February 11, 2023, 7:30 p.m. at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist, 630 Mass. Ave, Arlington, MA, led by Cela.

Tickets will be on sale at the door:

$20 General Admission, $15 Students/Seniors, $5 Children 17 & Under. Wheelchair Accessible. Masking required to attend.

About The Philharmonic Society of Arlington:

The Philharmonic Society of Arlington, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization incorporating The Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra, The Arlington-Belmont Chorale, and The Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus.

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Housing Finance Strategies Announces #HousingDC23

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Housing Finance Strategies Founder & CEO Faith Schwartz today announced the return of the highly successful #HousingDC conference on September 26-27, 2023. "With our focus on the highest caliber content, and the most influential and respected speakers, we are set to return with the premier broadcast event from Washington, DC that will continue our tradition of delivering a power-packed two-day event this fall," said Faith Schwartz.

More than 2,000 viewers participated in #HousingDC22 presented last September ahead of the midterm elections and post event attendee surveys confirmed high demand for continued delivery. Early sponsorship is in full gear with Assurant, FICO, Freedom Mortgage, FundingShield, LendArch, Mr. Cooper, NewRez, RiskSpan, Sagent and VantageScore on board already.

"Sagent is pleased to return as a Platinum sponsor to the #HousingDC23 conference. I look forward to engaging in an executive dialogue on the steps we are taking to further enable and power daily servicing, default management and homeowner care/retention for the industry," said Dan Sogorka, CEO of Sagent.

"Clearly, the #HousingDC attendees like what they are seeing given the event's year-over-year growth and the quality of content and program Housing Finance Strategies puts on," added Sogorka.

As the conference planning begins to take shape, more details can be found on the program and sponsorship by visiting the Housing Finance Strategies event website:

Suzanne Garwood, Head Home Lending Originations Counsel, JPMorgan Chase & Co. added: "Like many in the industry, I look forward each year to participating in #HousingDC. It's an industry staple - an event known for the highest quality of content and importantly, its accessibility to those wishing to participate in a national conference from the convenience of their preferred viewing location."

About Housing Finance Strategies:

Housing Finance Strategies was established in 2016 as a professional services and advisory firm specializing in mortgage modernization, housing policy and legislative and regulatory affairs. Company Chief Administrative Officer Allen Jones has worked closely with Schwartz in developing the #HousingDC franchise and the virtual medium through which the conference is delivered providing access to interested mortgage professionals nationwide.

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California Strawberry Festival is Back – at a New Venue

OXNARD, Calif. -- After a three-year hiatus due to challenges brought on by the pandemic, the 2023 California Strawberry Festival will take place May 20-21. For the first time ever, the event will be held at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

"We are thrilled to relaunch the California Strawberry Festival in 2023 at the Fairgrounds," says Dean Kato, Chairman of the California Strawberry Festival Board of Directors. "We realized that the event had outgrown the available space at our longtime venue, Oxnard's College Park. It's our 'comeback' year - and we want to come out bigger and better than ever."

This isn't the first time the Festival has outgrown a location, and the Fairgrounds venue was considered when the California Strawberry Festival moved from Channel Islands Harbor to College Park in 1991.

"Although the Festival has historically taken place in Oxnard, it belongs to all of Ventura County," says Kato.

The beachside location provides iconic views, and Ventura offers up a vibrant downtown just a few blocks away, with hotels, restaurants, and nightlife. Guests will appreciate that the Fairgrounds is close to the 101 freeway and has onsite parking, and the Festival will continue to host free shuttle services from many convenient locations.

Ventura's Amtrak station is situated adjacent to the Fairgrounds, so it's easier than ever to take the train directly to the Festival. Another benefit is that buildings, lighting, and restrooms are built-in amenities at the rain-or-shine venue.

"The Ventura County Fairgrounds and Event Center was built with the space and structural elements to accommodate large festivals," says Fairgrounds CEO Stacy Rianda. "We're looking forward to hosting the California Strawberry Festival."

The California Strawberry Festival is known in Ventura County as the kick-off to summertime, and tens of thousands of festivalgoers attend the celebration each year. Local non-profit organizations, food vendors, artists and crafters, entertainers, sponsors and hundreds of volunteers are instrumental to its success.

The all-volunteer board is ready for the opportunity to raise the bar in 2023.

"We've already been hard at work on the re-launch," says Kato. "Change is exciting. But of course, some things will stay the same - like the always-popular $5 build-your-own strawberry shortcake, fresh-picked local strawberries, and really nice arts and crafts. We're anticipating an outstanding Festival in 2023."

To keep posted on the 2023 California Strawberry Festival, go to or Facebook @CaliforniaStrawberryFestival.

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