This September 9, 2006, over 300 Pedro Pan along with their families and friends gathered at the Hacienda Don Francisco
California for the third reunion of the Cuban Kids from the 60’s Exodus.
Our sincerest appreciation to the Gaviña family for graciously welcoming us to the family ranch and their unbounded
A picture perfect
Southern California afternoon and the magnificent setting collaborated in making the day
a spectacular success. A most relaxing afternoon to catch up with old friends,
meet new ones, and partake in the numerous activities throughout the day. The horse rides for the kids and the Paso Fino ridding
exhibition were the hit of the day. And of course let’s not forget the delicious food featuring dos tremendos lechones
The theme for this
event was sharing the Pedro Pan experience with family and friends. Enrique Garcia did a terrific job capturing the difficulties
experienced by all Pedro Pan when leaving families behind and immigrating to the United States.
As part of the brief
formal program, Aldo Montoto presented the Gaviña family with a plaque of appreciation and his wife Rosie recited her heartfelt
oration which she wrote specially for this occasion.
Estela Bueno, Irene
Martinez Ceballos, Angie Rodriguez, and Ramon Coro presented the Gaviña brothers and sister with an autographed copy of the
book Operacion Pedro Pan which Yvonne Conde graciously provided since she was unable to be with us for the event.
In what has quickly developed
into the signature or trademark of our group, the highlight
of our reunion was the self introduction of the 29 Pedro Pan attending a reunion for the first time. A very emotional moment,
as they related their Pedro Pan experience to their fellow brothers and sisters, recalling the difficult experiences shared by many of us. Our efforts bring warmth and
comfort to each individual Pedro Pan
It takes the contribution of many to pull off an event like this. It was through everyone’s diligent effort and
hard work in the best Pedro Pan tradition which made this reunion an unqualified success!
we meet again!