Anniversary and Reunion Weekend

For its 56th anniversary celebrations Carrollton hosted a weekend for the ages. On Saturday evening, January 27th, hundreds of alumnae came together to honor the 50th anniversary of the class of 1968, as well as the other reunion years ending in years 3 and 8.
For its 56th anniversary celebrations Carrollton hosted a weekend for the ages. On Saturday evening, January 27th, hundreds of alumnae came together to honor the 50th anniversary of the class of 1968, as well as the other reunion years ending in years 3 and 8. The alumnae were given a very special treat by Head Master Olen Kalkus. As the alumnae arrived, he led individual groups through a preview of the new Maria Dolores and Maurice R. Ferré Convocation Center. That was followed by a walk through a wonderful art exhibit in the Barry Building’s Jay Weiss Art Gallery that showcased the students’ amazing art work. Catered by Carrollton alumna Lourdes Leon Mena ‘66, the evening was one continuous and joyful embrace among those who have not seen each other in years. Alumnae volunteer par excellence, Pilar Cendoya Alvarez-Mena ’77, set up an outpost of the School Spirit Store for a mini shopping experience. Cell phones flashed non-stop and alumnae did their best to reenact their graduation class photos currently in view in Founders Library. View Gallery of Photos of the evening.

The weekend began on Friday evening when the school prepared a party worthy of the estate’s original owners. Well known for his social gatherings, original owner, John Bindley would have been pleased at how the Celebrate 2018 committee, co-chaired by Angie and Mario Cobo, recreated the festive aura of the early years. This year, in honor of the centennial of El Jardin, the evening started in the mansion, and later spilled out unto the back terraces and the pool. Hundreds of guests perused and bid on the silent auction items displayed throughout the public rooms of the house. As the party moved outdoors the guests walked down to the pool area for food, drinks and dancing. The fully covered pool was turned for the night into a dance floor with lounge seating, communal tables, and scattered high tops with a large center bar, serviced from all sides, and three food stations. A wine wall, photo booth and band stage added to the entertainment. The Celebrate committee secured sponsorships, in-kind supporters and benefactors, in addition to the lovely array of silent auction items. View Gallery of photos of the evening.

On Sunday, the school community gathered for a beautiful Liturgy of Thanksgiving in the Fernandez and Argiz Families Wellness Center. For the reunion classes, the mass was followed by a brunch in the Benoist Room of El Jardin. The alumnae of the classes ending in '3 and '8 were invited to be joined by their spouses and families for one last gathering in their honor. Carrollton has come-of-age to such a degree we now have multiple generations of alumnae attending this event. In the case of Margarita Ledo Carreño '68, she and her daughter Ana '98, celebrated a 20th and a 50th year reunion. Maggie's granddaughters at Carrollton are Veronica Carreño, in Second Grade, and Emma Rodriguez, in M3.
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