Mayor R. Rex Parris and City Council Recognize Ralph V. Bozigian as Recipient of Lancaster Community Contributor Award
During this week’s City Council meeting, Mayor R. Rex Parris and the City Council recognized Ralph V. Bozigian as a recipient of Lancaster’s Community Contributor Award. Bozigian was honored for his commitment to the development and enrichment of Lancaster -- from serving the community’s youth to his unwavering support of numerous Antelope Valley non-profit organizations. The Lancaster Community Contributors program is part of the City’s year-long 40th anniversary celebration. The City recognizes those who have dedicated years of service into the community.
“Ralph Bozigian’s dedication, service, and love for the Antelope Valley community over the past six decades is nothing short of extraordinary. His mentorship of our local youth in sports, the arts, and agriculture has paved the way for multiple generations of leaders,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “Ralph is a marvelous example of what it truly means to be a positive Community Contributor.”
Bozigian played an integral part as a member of the committee that worked diligently to incorporate the City of Lancaster in 1977. He has committed decades of service to local organizations such as Desert Haven Enterprises, to aid in the promotion of the abilities of persons with disabilities; the Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival; the Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation, of which he is the founder as well as an active Director; the United Way-Antelope Valley Region; Saint Junipero Serra Church; Sacred Heart Church; and the Antelope Valley Hospital Foundation.
Appointed in 1983 to the Antelope Valley Fair & Alfalfa Festival Board of Directors, Ralph served for two years as President and nineteen years on the Board. He was instrumental in moving the Fair to its new, improved fairgrounds.
Ralph has also been a longtime advocate and mentor for local youth, primarily via athletics and agriculture. He has played an active role in the Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Club, Young Peoples Institute of Arts & Academics Board, and the expansion of Paraclete High School. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Antelope Valley YMCA, after having worked on the committee to build the new Antelope Valley Family YMCA complex. Bozigian’s unwavering dedication was also exhibited by his seven years as CIF Commissioner for Athletics, as well as eleven years as a college football official.
In all, Ralph has been an involved Antelope Valley resident for more than 60 years. Back in 1954, Ralph and his brother Lou purchased property in the Antelope Valley and developed a 500 acre ranch of diversified farming. Ralph attended Antelope Valley College while farming and received his A.A. Degree in 1958. After many years of farming, Ralph and Lou purchased Mid Valley Real Estate in Lancaster, and eventually expanded the operation to be Coldwell Banker Bozigian Realty.
In his many years at Coldwell Banker, Ralph was voted Best Realtor eight times by the Antelope Valley Press readership. He was also presented the 2010 Golden Eagle Distinguished Citizen Award for the Boy Scouts of America.
In an age when true and lasting commitment is sometimes a rarity, Ralph has time and time again displayed unwavering dedication to the ever-growing Antelope Valley community. Forging a brighter future for youth and residents in countless ways, Bozigian’s ongoing positive influence has greatly improved Lancaster and the Antelope Valley.