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Pedro Pan of CA-Reunion 09-29-2012 Album 1 Hacienda Don Francisco
Pedro Pan of CA-Reunion 09-29-2012 Album 2 Hacienda Don Francisco
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Dear Pedro Pan Family:
the closing down of a major Freeway in Los Angeles could keep away 300 Pedro Pan, family and friends from gathering together
at Hacienda Don Francisco on a cool early autumn morning surrounded by the purple
majesty of the San Gabriel Mountains. This is the magnificent setting at the Gaviña Family Ranch for the seventh 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 complemented the delicious Cuban cuisine prepared by master chef Tony Hernandez
and his crew. Outstanding!
After the benediction by Diana Zuazola the festivities were
initiated with the introduction of the Gaviña family. Pedro, Jose, and Paco Gaviña took a few moments to extend to everyone
the hospitality and a warm welcome on behalf of the Gaviña family.
Representing the Cuban Kids from the 60’s Exodus working group Estela Bueno and Berta Freire presented the Gaviña family with photo
albums as mementos of last year’s reunion.
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.
This year we were blessed and honored by having six Pedro Pan
mothers in attendance.
Pedro Pan Mothers from left: Yolanda Tallon, Caridad Gil, Leonor Gonzalez,
Dominga Chung, Mercedes Kou, Josefa Fong
The tradition of the Cuban Kids Pedro Pan reunion and the highlight
of every event are the Pedro Pan introductions by Oscar Pichardo. The total number of 43 Pedro Pan includes four who were
attending for the first time: Adriana Curi-Gruber, Eduardo Yanez, Humberto Perez, and Jose Montes all the way from Houston
Texas. 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!
It takes the contribution of many to
pull off an event like this. Special thanks to Arturo Guzman, Raul Veguez, Frank and Maria Aparicio, and Maricela Perez 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!