Cuban Kids from the 60s Exodus

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50th Anniversary Celebration of Operation Pedro Pan
Our Pedro Pan brothers and sisters who are no longer with us
Memorial Mass in honor of Msgr. Bryan O. Walsh and our Pedro Pan who are not longer with us.
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Dear Pedro Pan Family:

An early arriving crowd – really I’m not kidding – of well over 300 Pedro Pan, family and friends gathered together this past Saturday at Hacienda Don Francisco on a spectacular Southern California day. Surrounded by the purple majesty of the San Gabriel Mountains, the magnificent setting at the Gaviña Family Ranch for the eighth 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 Pedro Pan Fr. Tony Marti, the festivities were initiated with the introduction of 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.


Representing the Cuban Kids from the 60’s Exodus working group Estela Bueno, Mercedes Fresno and Angelita Rodriguez presented the Gaviña family with photo albums as mementos of last year’s reunion as well as flower bouquets.

Afterwards we t2ook 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 eight 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. The total number of 60 Pedro Pan includes eight who were attending for the first time: Fred Beato and his cousin Luis Lluch, Andres L Garcia from Northern California, Alberto Jimenez, Nevis Ryan, Miguel Oliver, all the way from Miami Florida came Carmen Zamora, and the youngest Pedro Pan to attend one of our reunions Gladys Schubach (Zamora) who was only three when she arrived in the United States. 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: Luis Lluch, Fred Beato, Carmen Zamora, Gladys Schubach, Alberto Jimenez, Miguel Oliver, Andres “Andy” Garcia

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!


In attendance this afternoon was Lee Brooks the author of “Stealing Castro's Daughter” based on his personal experience visiting Cuba, falling in love with a Cuban girl and his strong determination to bring her to freedom. A true life “reality show” as he experiences the hard life of Cubans living under Castro's rule.

Later on Arturo Bueno read the moving poem “Poema de Una Pedro Pan” by Pedro Pan mother Lolita Maradiaga Rosales.

Afterwards Fred Beato briefly addressed the gathering informing us about a project he has in work to honor of all the heroes of Operation Pedro Pan all of our parents.  We then listened a powerful song about the Pedro Pan experience “Cuba B.C.” which is a central part of the project. We’ll be hearing more on this project in the near future.

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 28, 2013 tab on the left margin of our homepage.

It takes the contribution of many to pull off an event like this. Special thanks to Arturo Guzman, Rosie Montoto, Letty Diaz, Felipa Garcia and the members of the Cuban Kids from the 60’s Exodus working group 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!

Until we meet again!


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.

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