With every delicious strawberry bite, non-profit food booths reap 100 percent of sales to benefit their causes, while other charitable groups aligned with the Festival receive stipends or grants. Since its inception, the California Strawberry Festival has raised more than $4.5 million dollars to help others in the extended community.
From upgraded computers to new sports uniforms, buses for field trip outings, repairs, new construction, research, after school music programs, and more, revenues from two days of celebrating impact the lives of others.
The Festival contributes to the California Strawberry Growers’ Scholarship Fund, administered by the California Strawberry Commission. These statewide scholarships benefit the children of strawberry farm workers in their pursuit of continuing post-secondary education.
Established to honor the memory of Dr. Kato and his contribution as founder and chairman of the original Festival, the Festival funds the Dr. Tsujio Kato Memorial Scholarship, awarded to Oxnard Unified School District students transitioning from high school to college. The submission deadline is April 7, 2017.
The Festival has funded a $25,000 endowment to support students at California State University Channel Islands via scholarships in perpetuity.
20th Century Onyx Club, Black American Political Association of California, Inc. (BAPAC), Boy Scouts of America Ventura County Council, Buena High School Music Association, Calvary Nexus Church, Camarillo Roadrunner Youth Football Inc., Citizens Advisory Committee, Community Bible Mission, El Concilio, Inlaketch, JACL, Messiah Fellowship Center, National Latinos Peace Officers Association, Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Oxnard Ambassadors, Oxnard Buddhist Temple, Oxnard Calvary Chapel, Oxnard High School Band Boosters, Oxnard Kiwanis Club, Oxnard Panthers Youth Football & Cheer League, 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, Rotary Club of Oxnard, Rotary Club of Oxnard Sunrise, Santa Clara High School Athletics, Santa Clara High School Girls Basketball Team, SEIU Local 721 City of Oxnard Chapter, Soroptimist 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 Alumnae Chapter of DST, Inc., Ventura County Chapter Blacks in Government (BIG), Ventura County Parents of Murdered Children, Inc., Ventura High School Wrestling Booster Club, Ventura Teen Challenge.
The Berry Best Community Connections Exhibit
Presented by KTLA
Discover how benefiting others is the sweetest way the California Strawberry Festival serves the community. Centrally located within the Festival grounds with displays, special appearances, and chances to “spin to win” for prizes, the exhibit showcases the multitude of ways the celebration contributes toward enhancing lives.