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Cuban Kids from the 60's Exodus reunion at Don Francisco Hacienda 092411 Part 1 of 2- The Party-

Part 2 of 2 Opening Remarks and Benediction New Pedro Pan Introductions

Album 1 (Miscellaneous pictures-preparations)

Album 2 (Miscellaneous pictures)

Album 3 (Opening Remarks-Benediction-New Pedro Pan Introductions-Group picture)

Dear Pedro Pan Family:

A cool early autumn morning crowned by the purple majesty of the San Gabriel Mountains – a perfect Southern California September day for the gathering of over 300 Pedro Pan, family, and friends at Hacienda Don Francisco. This is the magnificent setting at the Gaviña Family Ranch for the sixth annual reunion of the Cuban Kids from the 60’s Exodus.

A splendid afternoon to catch up with old friends, meet new ones, and partake in the activities throughout the day, enhanced by the picturesque Southern California setting and the magnanimous hospitality of the Gaviña family.

No to be missed was the varied selection of pastelitos, empanadas, guayaba con queso, and delicious deserts, which complement the delicious Cuban cuisine prepared by master chef Tony Hernandez and his crew. Outstanding!

After the bilingual benediction by Raul Acevedo and the visiting Father Avelino Lorenzo, the festivities were initiated by Sergio Diaz who introduced the Gaviña family. Pedro and Jose Gaviña took a few moments to extend to everyone the hospitality and a warm welcome on behalf of the Gaviña family

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On behalf of the Cuban Kids from the 60’s Exodus, members of the working group presented the Gaviña family with photo albums as mementos of last year’s reunion.

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Afterwards we took a few moments to thank the many local businesses who contribute to the Pedro Pan reunions every year. Their involvement is one of the reasons our reunions are great success year after year.

The tradition of the Cuban Kids Pedro Pan reunion and the highlight of every event are the Pedro Pan introductions. The total number of 63 Pedro Pan – a new world’s record - includes ten who were attending for the first time: sisters Carmen and Ivonne Pando, Aleana Lopez, brother and sister Noemi and Arturo Capote, brothers Guillermo and Jorge Seoane, and from out of state Arsenio Hernandez from Elmyra, Oregon; and Jorge Casellas all the way from the crescent city, New Orleans, Louisiana! The Pedro Pan family drew together to lend support as they introduced themselves to the Pedro Pan family, a part of the healing process when we share our personal experiences as Pedro Pan with our brothers and sisters.

The closing challenge as always is to get all the Pedro Pan gathered as a group in front the palm tree to take the Pedro Pan group picture. I’m happy to report that once again the Pedro Pan rose to the challenge and the picture taken!

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It takes the contribution of many to pull off an event like this that come very early and help in setting up. Special thanks to all the working group members who came early and stayed late, and to Manolito, our honorary Pedro Pan, and crew and everyone out there who worked so hard to make this event an unqualified success!

Cuban Kids from the 60’s Exodus would like to thank you for attending our Pedro Pan of California celebration of family and friends. We look forward to seeing all of you at our next event. Do join us. Who knows - you may reconnect with an old friend!