San Fernando Valley’s above-and-beyond volunteers shine at prestigious Fernando Awards
It was a night for givers.
And a Bolivian immigrant who planted roots with a San Fernando Valley roofing business was named the biggest of them all for 2019.
Mike Quiroga took home The Fernando Award, a prestigious honor that shines the spotlight on the 818’s volunteers and philanthropists.
That light shone bright at the Skirball Cultural Center Friday night, where a gala brought together among the Valley’s most active givers who have made an impact in the area.
Quiroga, who came to the United States at the age of 23, was among five finalists for the award.
In the end, it was his “countless hours” of volunteer work with local organizations that prompted the award foundation to give the honor to the founder of Mike’s Roofing and Building Service.
Those tasks included work with the Therapeutic Living Centers for the Blind, Mid Valley YMCA, Tierra del Sol and the Mid Valley American Heart Association, along with his efforts to build job training programs and connections to local chambers of commerce and donations to groups including Van Nuys Rotary and to El Centro de Amistad.
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Chief Executive Bill Allen places the Fernando Award recipient pin on 2019 honoree Mike Quiroga at the awards ceremony Friday night at the Skirball Center. Photo: Tom Bray, SCNG