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The BRAVO AWARD is presented to individuals  who have shown exemplary dedication to the community by their work for the betterment of El Paso.

Thursday October 13, 2016

BRAVO Award  Luncheon



Richard A. Castro

Castro Enterprises, Inc

with the 2016 BRAVO Award for decades-long philanthropy that has enriched the lives and the future of so many young people through the provision of scholarships.



GuyRex Associates

Richard Guy and Rex Holt
with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement BRAVO Award for bringing El Paso over a decade of national attention, glamour, and beauty pageant winners who now have successful careers.



 Reception 11:00 a.m.              Lunch 11:30 a.m.


Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel

2027 Airport Boulevard

El Paso, TX

$65.00 per person

$600.00 per table of 10

Please indicate if you are vegetarian


Reservations by check to


     10525 Texwood

     El Paso, TX 79925

Inquiries:  915-591-3562

     or         915-549-9230


RSVP by October 6, 2016


2015 BRAVO AWARD Recipient

Emily Loya

General Manager, Channel 13 KCOS TV

For bringing new energy to and saving El Paso’s PBS TV Station.

32 year old Emily Martin Loya is the youngest General Manager of a network television  station in the country.  Oh! And she's also one of the few - if any - General Managers in the PBS Network who has brought a PBS television network back into the black when it was on a 2 year skid toward going under in 2013 and 2014.  Good news. That station, KCOS-TV, El Paso’s PBS Station IS now financially back in the black after some painful but well-calculated budget cuts and some innovative community outreach programming by the inimitable Emily Loya.  After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in environmental studies and a minor in Spanish (3.84 GPA, Deans List, Phi Beta Kappa), she received a MA at Northeastern University in Boston with a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management.  Emily's work history is impressive and heavily non-profit oriented prior to 2009.  In 2009-2013, she became the Senior Management Associate-Hispanic Market Unit, for New York Life Insurance Company in El Paso.  Despite a high salary at New York Life, she felt something was missing.  So she took a big pay cut for the marketing job at KCOS in 2013.  A year later a friend urged her to apply for the open GM position.  Emily said “I don’t have any TV experience” and her friend said “We need a non-profit person because we need to raise money. “  Emily said "Ok. Let's talk about that."   And Emily Loya became the General Manager of KCOS-TV.  On her aspirations for KCOS, "My big vision for KCOS is to truly make it a station that serves and reflects our community. We're working in that direction. Emily and her husband Aldo live on El Paso’s eastside with their 3 year old son Santiago.

2015 Lifetime Achievement BRAVO Award

Rosa Guerrero

The Mother, the Face, the Symbol of Ballet Folklorico

For her longtime service as El Paso’s cultural icon, advocate for the arts and education, and humanitarian.

By her own account, Rosa Guerrero started dancing in her mother’s womb,  then in her father’s arms and at 2 and 3 years old, on his feet.  At 4, she started dancing on her own and at 6, she started her real dance lessons  “Every weekend  we would go to Juarez. We would go to the bullfights, eat at the great restaurants and go to the terrific family night clubs.”   The night clubs had 12 – 16 piece orchestras and everyone danced a variety of dances; flamenco, tango, paso dobles. She learned as she watched and  by dancing with her father. That’s how she became a dancer.  Rosa Guerrero is a native El Pasoan who wears many hats. She’s a wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, consultant, motivational speaker, dancer, choreographer, film maker and, yes, an El Paso icon  She is first in her family of seven to graduate from college and the first Latina Woman to be named Distinguished Alumna at UTEP in 1997.  She has BA and MA degrees from the University of Texas - El Paso.  She taught many years for EPISD, El Paso Community College and at UTEP. She was a consultant for over 40 years all over the USA.  She’s the founder of the first Folkloricos In El Paso.  From the multitude of accolades that have been bestowed upon Rosa Guerrero, her most memorable are:  the induction into the Texas Hall of Fame by Governor Ann Richards, having a newly built elementary school, Rosa Guerrero Elementary, named after her, having her international Folklorico dancers performing at the Kennedy Center in 1991, being the first El Pasoan to win the national Golden Cine Award for her film, entitled  TAPESTRY, produced in 1974 and. showing how we can all become a Tapestry of Understanding through music and dance, her 80th birthday party at El Paso High last December with her former students, and last but not least, “my wonderful family: my husband of 61 years, Sergio, my 3 children and 5 grandchildren.”  Rosa is fond of saying  “Parents are not perfect but grandparents are”.

Previous BRAVO AWARD Recipients

Judge Sam Callan

Mayor Suzanne Azar

Representative Jack C. Vowell

Senator Peggy Rosson

Representative Nancy McDonald

David G. Marcus

Myrna J. Deckert

General Dennis D. Cavin

Adair & Dee Margo

Cecilia Ochoa Levine

Judy and J Kirk Robison

Colonel Heidi V. Brown

Sheriff Leo Samaniego

Judge Max Higgs

Mayor John Cook

Kathleen Staudt, PhD

Nancy Hanson

Rosemary Castillo

Zuill Bailey

Ann Crawford McClure

Joyce Wilson


Previous Life Achievement BRAVO Award Recipients

Coach Don Haskins

Anita Blair  

Janice Woods Windle

Hon Eliot Shapleigh

Tanny Berg

Major General Dana J.H. Pittard

Robert L Bowling, III  


Last Updated 09/25/16

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