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El Rancho award from Boy Scouts

David Brown, left, Cachuma District chairman for the Boy Scouts of America, presents the BSA Patron Member Award to Alfred Holzheu, chairman of El Rancho Markets and California Fresh.

El Rancho Market and California Fresh received the Patron Member Award from the Boy Scouts last week.

David Brown, chairman of the Cachuma District Boy Scouts of America, presented the award to Alfred Holzheu, chairman of El Rancho Markets and California Fresh.

The award recognizes recipients for the generosity extended to Boy Scouts in its annual Friends of Scouting campaign.

“El Rancho was proud to assist the Boy Scouts and its youth leadership platform,” Holzheu said. “We have had many Boy Scouts work in our stores and find that they are typically a step ahead of their peers.

“It is a great program that my own son was in for a short time,” he continued. “They offer an exceptional program developing boys into young men of character and leadership.”

Brown said the Santa Ynez Valley Boy Scout program “is blessed” to have many generous and committed companies like El Rancho that understand and partner with the Boy Scouts.

“These companies realize their donations to Scouting are actually investments in the community and its fabric that will pay dividends well into the next generation,” Brown said. 

For more information about joining, volunteering for or donating to Boy Scouts, contact Brown at or visit

This report was compiled by News Editor Mike Hodgson. He can be reached at