Cuban Kids from the 60s Exodus

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Our Pedro Pan brothers and sisters who are no longer with us
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Pedro Pan of California

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Dear Pedro Pan,

The purpose of this web page is to keep in touch with those individuals in California and other states who arrived in the USA through the Pedro Pan exodus from Cuba from 1960-1962.


This web site was created in 2005, and resulted in the first  successful event  to unite the Pedro Panes in California. We continue to be successful in our search for our brothers and sisters through these events.

Dear Pedro Pan Family:

An early arriving crowd-really I am not kidding- of well over 300 Pedro Pan, family and friends gathered together this past Saturday at Hacienda Don Francisco on a flawless Southern California day made even more perfect by the mild temperature. Surrounded by the purple majesty of the San Gabriel Mountains, the magnificent setting at the Gaviña Family Ranch for the ninth 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, while enjoying the music by DJ Soto. Outstanding!

After the invocation by Pedro Pan Raul Acevedo, the festivities were initiated with the introduction of the Gaviña family. Each of the Gaviña siblings took a few moments to extend to everyone the hospitality and a warm welcome on behalf of the Gaviña family.


The Gaviña Family from left to right: Paco, Leonor, Jose, and Pedro

Representing the Cuban Kids from the 60’s Exodus working group Estela Bueno, Mercedes Fresno, Angelita Rodriguez, and Irene Martinez Ceballos presented the Gaviña family with photo albums as mementos of last year’s reunion as well as flower bouquets. Afterwards we took a few moments to thank the many local businesses who contribute to the Cuban Kids from the 60’s Exodus 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 5 Pedro Pan Parents joining us for the festive afternoon. It is always a very special moment when we take the time to publicly thank them for their sacrifice and the special gift of freedom which they gave us. The tradition of the Cuban Kids Pedro Pan reunion and the highlight of every event are the Pedro Pan introductions by Oscar Pichardo. Before the introduction we observed a moment of silence to remember our Pedro Pan Sister Cary Chica and our Pedro Pan Brother Enrique (Henry) C. Garcia who passed away in the past year. The 47 Pedro Pan in attendance were not just from all over California but from Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Florida, and Maryland! This included the six Pedro Pan attending for the first time: Maida Keith (Hernandez) and Otto Merida from Henderson and Las Vegas Nevada respectively; Roberto Rodriguez from Walnut Creek in Northern California, and Hector Lott from Imperial Beach at the end of Southern California, and Benito Prats all the way from Woodbine, Maryland. 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.


Pedro Pan attending for the first time from left to right:
Roberto Rodriguez, Hector Lott, Maida Keith, Benito Prats, Otto Merida

If you were paying attention you would notice there are only five Pedro Pan in the picture. Missing is Amy Garcia who drove down from Napa, California but arrived a little bit after the presentation. However Amy has committed to coming next year - and arriving early; so she can be part of the festivities!!!
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'am happy to report that once again the Pedro Pan rose to the challenge and the picture taken!


An extraordinary surprise arranged by Pedro Gaviña and the Gaviña family was the performance of La Charanga Cubana who entertained us with their terrific sounds of our Cuban music!
Links to the pictures and videos of our event which our webmaster extraordinaire Arturo Bueno has prepared for our enjoyment will be sent via separate email. You can also check out the pictures and the video posted on our web site under the September 27, 2014 tab on the left margin of our homepage.
It takes the contribution of many to pull off an event like this. Special thanks to Rosie Montoto, Joanne Pichardo, Felipa Garcia, Leila Acevedo and the members of the Cuban Kids from the 60's Exodus working group who came early and stayed late. Also 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!
Until we meet again!

Cuban Kids from the 60s Exodus Statement of Purpose


Provide a social setting where Pedro Pan can gather to share our unique life stories with our families and friends.


Locate and welcome other Pedro Pan, providing friendship and a supportive forum.


Demonstrate in action and words our gratitude to the United States for the gift of freedom and opportunity, while celebrating our rich Cuban American heritage.


Honor and remember the love and courage of our parents, remember Monsignor Bryan O. Walsh, and the many others who, with foresight and courage, risked their career and their lives for ours.



Questions or comments? Get in touch with us at:

Mailing Address:

Cuban Kids 1960 Exodus

P.O. Box 1433

Redondo Beach, CA 90278