Most Inspiring Person - Member Nominees 2006 - 4

Most Inspiring Person - Member Nominees 2006 - 4

Jose Quiroz: 'My Role Model'

I don't think God could have given me a better father. I was fortunate to grow up watching him as my role model. It's been seventeen years since we emigrated to this beautiful country. Since then my father has worked hard to the point that he has never had a vacation, and I can only recall that he missed a day of work because he was really sick.

"Don Quiroz," as everyone calls him, is a mentor for about 150 kids ranging from ages 4-23 who practice throughout the year for my father’s non-profit Bolivian folkloric dance group called "Caporales San Simon VA, USA." This group has performed in parades and events such as the 4th of July Parade in Washington, D.C., the Hispanic Heritage Parade in New Jersey, and the Christmas Parade in Reston, Va., to name a few. These kids have found a second family in this group, which has motivated them to stay away from drugs and gangs. Don Quiroz is also the head of a Bolivian group in the Culmore Catholic Church, helping many Bolivians with their immigration documents and raising money for the poor in Bolivia.

Erika Quiroz
Centreville, Va.

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