Operation Pedro Pan Group, Inc.

2017 Highlights

  • Reyes Magos Toy Distribution at Centro Hispano Catolico.
  • Desayuno Martiano.
  • Provided support and assistance to university and high school students on Operation Pedro Pan related projects. Presented on Operation Pedro Pan on several local schools.
  • Pedro Pan February Friendship Celebration at Cauley Square Historic Village.
  • OPPG Annual Picnic at Kendall Camp.
  • Election Lunch
  • Interviews with international press agencies about the history of Operation Pedro Pan.
  • OPPG Board of Directors Swearing In
  • Father's Day Breakfast
  • Sponsored Spanish Heritage Lunch for children at Children's Village.
  • Our Lady of Charity Mass
  • Collaborating with Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department for the Camp Matecumbe Project.
  • Support of the General Plan and Collaboration on the Operation Pedro Pan Permanent Exhibit and Historic sign projects.
  • Participated in the National Refugee Day at Naturalization Ceremony at USCIS Kendall Field Office.
  • Operation Pedro Pan: The Cuban Childrens' Exodus Documentary Premiere at Miracle Theater, Coral Gables, Florida.
  • Operation Pedro Pan: The Cuban Children's Exodus Documentary film screening at University of Miami, Florida.
  • Annual Thanksgiving Gala at the Biltmore Hotel, Miami, Florida.
  • Thanksgiving Mass at Little Flower Catholic Church.
  • Msgr. Bryan O. Walsh Memorial Mass
  • Christmas Lunch at Las Vegas Restaurant.
  • Christmas presents distributed to each kid at Children's Village
  • Monthly Pedro Pan Reunions
  • 2016 Highlights

    • Toy Distribution at Centro Hispano Catolico.
    • Desayuno Martiano.
    • Let's meet at the Museum! Reunion at HistoryMiami Museum's Operation Pedro Pan Exhibit.
    • OPPG Annual Picnic at Kendall Camp.
    • Election Lunch
    • 2016 Award of Merit by Leadership in History Committee of American Association for State and Local History (AALSH) for the exhibit Operation Pedro Pan: The Cuban Children's Exodus.
    • OPPG Board of Directors Swearing In
    • Father's Day Breakfast
    • Distribution of Bibles and rosaries for children at Children's Village.
    • Sponsored trip to Seaquarium for children at Children's Village
    • Sponsored Bowling Event for children at Children's Village
    • Sponsored HistoryMiami Exhibit Tour and Lunch for children at Children's Village.
    • Our Lady of Charity Mass
    • Collaborating with Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department for the Camp Matecumbe Project.
    • Support of the General Plan and Collaboration on the Operation Pedro Pan Permanent Exhibit and Historic sign projects.
    • Everglades National Park Missile Site Tour.
    • Annual Thanksgiving Gala at the Biltmore Hotel, Miami, Florida.
    • Thanksgiving Mass at Little Flower Catholic Church.
    • Msgr. Bryan O. Walsh Memorial Mass
    • Christmas Lunch at Las Vegas Restaurant.
    • Christmas presents distributed to each kid at Children's Village
    • Monthly Pedro Pan Reunions
    • 2015 Highlights

      • Toy Distribution at Centro Hispano Catolico.
      • Desayuno Martiano.
      • Field Day at Camp Matecumbe/Annual Picnic.
      • OPPG Presentation at Jacksonville University Club
      • Election Lunch
      • OPPG Picnic/Matecumbe Field Day
      • OPPG Board of Directors Swearing In
      • Father's Day Breakfast
      • Operation Pedro Pan: The Cuban Children's Exodus Exhibit
      • HistoryMiami Family Fun Day
      • Sponsored trip to Seaquarium for children at Children's Village
      • Sponsored Bowling Event for children at Children's Village
      • Sponsored HistoryMiami Exhibit Tour and Lunch for children at Children's Village
      • Our Lady of Charity Mass
      • Panel Discussion: Remembering Operation Pedro Pan
      • Guateque at the HistoryMiami Museum
      • Annual Thanksgiving Gala at the Biltmore Hotel, Miami, Florida
      • Msgr. Bryan O. Walsh Memorial Mass
      • Christmas presents distributed to each kid at Children's Village
      • 2014 Highlights

        • Toy Distribution at Centro Hispano Catolico.
        • Desayuno Martiano.
        • Annual Picnic at Kendall Indian Hammock Park.
        • OPPG Presentation at The Sagemont School, Weston, Florida.
        • Election Lunch.
        • Catholic Charities Children's Village Fundraising Event.
        • Father's Day Breakfast at Miami Elks Lodge.(video)
        • Monsignor Bryan O. Walsh Street Unveiling.
        • Cauley Square Historic Village Get Together Night.
        • OPPG Presentation at Miami Dade College- Hialeah Campus.
        • Operation Pedro Pan Exhibit at HistoryMiami Announcement.
        • Legacy of Operation Pedro Pan: Shared Memories Workshop.
        • Tour of The Exile Experience: Journey to Freedom Exhibit at Freedom Tower.
        • Annual Thanksgiving Gala at Westin Colonnade, Coral Gables, Florida..
        • Thanksgiving Mass at St. Augustine Catholic Church..
        • Christmas Lunch at Lisboa-Habana Restaurant.
        • Msgr. Bryan O. Walsh Memorial Mass/Get Together.
        • 2013 Highlights

          • Operation Pedro Pan Scholarship Fund in honor of Jorge “George” and Peggy Guarch
          • Toy Distribution at Centro Hispano Catolico.
          • Desayuno Martiano.
          • Annual Picnic at Kendall Indian Hammock Park.
          • Miami-Dade Parks Recognition Plaque- for commitment to help children with disabilities at Camp Matecumbe
          • Swearing In Ceremony OPPG Board 2013-2014
          • Camp Matecumbe Celebration-Matecumbe High School's Class of 1963 50th Anniversary
          • Operation Pedro Pan Avenue Unveiling- Hialeah, Fl.
          • Sponsored Summer Camp for children at Children’s Village.
          • Donation to Villa Maria Residence in San Antonio, Texas.
          • Resolution 01-2013 – Ralph Sanchez Speedway Blvd. –in support of street designation
          • Meeting with international visitors from France’s Dpt. of “Protection sociale, travail e employ” at request of US Dpt. of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program
          • Mass in Tribute to Our Heroes - San Lazaro Church, Hialeah, Florida
          • Pedro Pan Street Dedication Ceremony at Kendall Camp / Camp Nostalgia Celebration
          • Annual Thanksgiving Gala
          • Memorial Mass for Msgr. Bryan O. Walsh
          • 2012 Highlights

            • Organizational Excellence Award for Historic Preservation, Advocacy and Education- Awarded to OPPG by Miami-Dade County Historic Preservation Board.
            • Florida Heritage Landmark Dedication Ceremony.
            • Pedro Pan Place Unveiling -former Florida City Camp
            • Toy Distribution at Centro Hispano Catolico and Children’s Village.
            • Desayuno Martiano-Felix Varela Hall.
            • Annual Picnic at Indian Hammocks Kendall Park
            • Donation to Bishop Agustin Roman Memorial Fund
            • Swearing Inn Ceremony 2012-2013 Board of Directors
            • Sponsored YMCA Summer Camp for children at Children's Village.
            • Lunch with Pedro Pan in Puerto Rico
            • Dr. Victor A. Triay's Talk on Ave Maria, Fl
            • OPPG Presentation at Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
            • 2011 Highlights

              2010 Highlights

              • Toy distribution to 400+ children at Centro Hispano Católico Day Care Center for Reyes Magos.
              • Desayuno Martiano to remember Jose Marti at Felix Varela Hall, Miami.
              • Conducted a Family Picnic at Crandon Park in Key Biscayne.
              • Held annual election meeting/breakfast to select new OPPG Board members.
              • Conducted a Book Drive for disabled children at Matecumbe Park.
              • Organized/funded summer activities, such as bowling, for minors at Children’s Village.
              • Granted scholarships to three college-bound high school seniors.
              • Funded purchase of items every 3 months for the small store at Children’s Village.
              • Conducted presentations about Operation Pedro Pan at colleges and universities.
              • Organized and conducted an emotional tour of Pedro Pan camps in South Florida.
              • Celebrated 50th Anniversary Weekend and Thanksgiving dinner-dance.
              • Held reunions in Central Florida, Puerto Rico, Washington DC for our 50th Anniversary.
              • Memorial Mass in memory of Monsignor Walsh and Departed Pedro Pan celebrated at several locations throughout the country.
              • Distributed Christmas presents to every child at the Children’s Village.