El Maestro Receives “Remarkable” Recognition

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El Maestro Receives “Remarkable” Recognition

For many people across the Brazos Valley, BIIN is synonymous with “El Maestro,” its long-time volunteer and community advocate, José Antonio Caraballo.  It is through Tony Caraballo’s work in many roles – as DJ at Radio Alegria, as long-time leader at the IRA program, as language instructor at TAMU – that many people hear of BIIN and the many forms of support it offers to immigrants in this community.  Tony’s knowledge and connections are essential to so much good work that is done through BIIN and through other local organizations. 

It is thus entirely fitting and rewarding to see that El Maestro was recognized in early December 2021 as an outstanding contributor to the local community through the “Be Remarkable” campaign sponsored by KBTX and Daniel Stark Injury Lawyers.  Recipients of this award receive a $500 prize, and for those who know his generous spirit, it will hardly be a surprise that Tony Caraballo immediately donated his prize monies to BIIN.

If you missed the story about Tony’s impact on the community, as crafted by Rusty Surette based on interviews with Tony and with Jaimi Washburn, who nominated Tony for the award, you can read it here.  

Congratulations, Tony, on this deeply deserved recognition!  Thank you for all that you have given and continue to give to people in this community, through your countless hours of work and your example of selfless service to neighbors in need.  You are indeed remarkable!

El Maestro was one of the featured speakers at the Light of Liberty breakfast in October 2021, captivating listeners with his recollections of BIIN’s early days and his emphasis on how much all of us – volunteers, donors, students and clients -- benefit from what happens when we come together to help our brothers and sisters in need.

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