Housing Heroes Gala

October 4, 2018 @ 5:30PM — 9:00PM

Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation invites you to celebrate our housing heroes during a special evening that will include a gourmet dinner, a silent auction, and awards presentations.

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Help raise funds for affordable housing and honor our housing heroes in Ventura County!

There are currently no tickets available for this event, but you can still make a donation.


Funds raised from this event will support affordable housing and make it possible to improve lives through ongoing educational and social programs, financial education, food pantries, homework and reading clubs for children, and more. Your generous funds will create a ladder of opportunity that will lift up our entire community.

The evening will begin with a no-host cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m., and the silent auction. The dinner and program will begin at 6:30 p.m., honoring:

Ellen Brokaw - Rodney Fernandez Advocate Award

Ellen has lived in Ventura County since 1954, when she moved to Ojai with her husband Hank. Together, they began Brokaw Nursery, one of California's largest suppliers of subtropical orchard trees selling more than 13 million trees and exporting to more than 45 countries.

Today, Ellen is president of the Brokaw Ranch Company, and has a long-standing interest in both the working and living conditions of agricultural workers. As the founding and current board member of House Farm Workers!, she has been working with a dedicated group of community activists to address the critical need for farmworker housing.

Dave Sabedra - Jaime Bordenave Professional Award

Dave began working with Jaime Bordenave in 1978 with the Cabrillo Improvement Association, the predecessor to the Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation. Dave's commitment has spanned 35 years on Cabrillo's Board of Directors, and he is currently serving as the Board Chair.

As a third generation Ventura County resident, Dave's passion for Cabrillo's mission is personal. His grandparents entered California from Mexico as migrant farmworkers travelling up and down the Central Coast. When his father was in his early teens, he joined his family working in the fields. Dave said he feels grateful that Cabrillo's efforts give hard-working families, not unlike his own ancestors, the opportunity to live in contemporary housing to solidify the family unit and provide a higher standard of living. Dave has been a commercial banker for 40 years, and is currently a financial analyst working in the agricultural lending division for Rabobank.

Yardi Systems, Inc. - Cabrillo Business Partner Award

Founded in 1984, Yardi is the leading provider of software solutions to the real estate industry. Initially a developer of integrated accounting and property management software, Yardi serves clients worldwide and is on the leading edge of eCommerce and automation systems for real estate. Yardi has achieved its success by focusing on its relationships with clients and employees. Yardi considers itself an integral part of the communities in which it operates, and by extension, the larger global community. Among the many ways it contributes to these communities, Yardi has committed to working with its affordable and public housing clients to ensure that the children in these communities have the opportunity to succeed in life by supporting literacy and education programs.


Wells Fargo Foundation

City National Bank
Pacific Western Bank
United Way of Ventura County

Staples Construction Co.

Jaime Bordanave, The Communities Group LLC
Gold Coast Health Plan
Kaiser Air Conditioning
Lauterbach & Associates, Architects, Inc.
Pure Water Plumbing Inc
Toro Enterprises Inc.

Ellen Brokaw
FHL Bank of San Francisco
Gallagher Benefits Group
Goldfarb & Lipman LLP
Raymond James Financial Services
Retirement Benefits Group

Barbara Macri-Ortiz
BH Janitorial Services Inc.
Bonnie Builders Group
Channel Islands Carpet Cleaning
Coast to Coast Garage Doors
Conejo Construction LLC
Commander Printed Products
G & R Hammer Construction
Home Equity Home Improvement
H H Auto Body, LLC
LightGabler LLP
Main Street Architects
MJM Communications & Fire Inc
S.L. Leonard & Associates