Reunion 805, a free benefit honoring Ventura County’s disaster survivors, Nov. 17

Reunion 805, a free benefit honoring Ventura County’s disaster survivors, will be held on Sunday, November 17th, from 2 – 5pm in the 500 block alley in downtown Ventura (next to the parking structure). The event will recognize the second anniversary of the Thomas Fire. Funds raised will support the ongoing needs of impacted Ventura County families.

Free highlights include an art show by seven Thomas fire survivors, tribute wall, photo booth, magician, corn hole, live music and refreshments by local restaurants.

The benefit is hosted by Fox Fine Jewelry. In response to the disasters, Fox Fine Jewelry designed several necklaces depicting the communities affected, Named the “Strong” necklaces, Fox Fine Jewelry gave away over 700 necklaces to those affected.

Says Debbie Fox, co-owner of Fox Fine Jewelry, “Most fire survivors are still not in their homes. This event recognizes the trauma and the healing, while connecting neighbors and friends, many of whom scattered.”

The recently renovated alley will be closed to vehicles. For more information visit:

Reunion 805:

Art show by Thomas survivors:

Seven artists who lost their homes in the Thomas fire will display their artwork in a special show titled “Rising from the Ashes” at Fox Fine Jewelry from November 14th to January 18th, 2020 with an Art Reception on November 16 from 6 – 8 pm.

The art and the event will focus on growth and recovery from the disaster. It will include a tribute wall of personal stories from the artists and others affected by the fires.

The show features Lois Bloom, a watercolor painter; Barbara Brown, an oil painter; Gerd Koch, one of the founders of Studio Channel Islands and life partner Carole Milton, two abstract painters; Shahastra Levy, an oil pastel turned acrylic painter; Luisa Bernardi Neher, an acrylic painter; and Dawn Reily, an illustrator.

Special features include a Tribute Wall, refreshments and live music.

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