Alumni Photo Gallery
- Kickoff Alumni Social (September 2016)
- Alumni Reunion (June 2016)
- Lady Raiders Executive Lunch (April 2016)
- Signature Event (March 2016)
- Gulliver Travels to San Francisco (February 2016)
- Alumni Baseball Tournament (January 2016)
- Raider Challenge (January 2016)
- Make a Splash (November 2015)
- Thanksgiving Alumni Games (November 2015)
- Raider’s Edge Business Lunch (November 2015)
- Alumni Appreciation Reception (November 2015)
- Scotty’s Farewell Social (October 2015)
- Class of 1980 and Friends Reunion (October 2015)
- Alumni Basketball Tournament (October 2015)
- Homecoming (October 2015)
- Gulliver Travels to Atlanta (September 2015)
Alumni gathered at sunset on June 24 to kick off the 2016 Gulliver Alumni Reunion at the newly renovated Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort. Classmates from years 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2006 gathered around the photo booth, sipped on cocktails and reminisced about the old days at the Prep. The reception took place on the stunning spa terrace overlooking the ocean. Monica Pardo Event Concierge beautifully decorated the terrace with flowers donated by Richards Perdomo ‘04 and The Queens Flowers. Raffle winners Matt Cicero ‘86 and Edidiong Ikpe Ekpo ‘96 were excited to receive a Gulliver swag bag. The laid-back atmosphere allowed alumni to reconnect with classmates they hadn’t seen in years, and the combination of classes offered a unique opportunity for alumni across generations to laugh and bond over similarities as Raider family.
The Saturday afternoon pool party welcomed more than 80 alumni plus families, who enjoyed free mimosas in a private section of the ocean garden. DJ Tavin Reiter ‘96 set a relaxing vibe while guests cooled down in the pool, played volleyball and soaked up some sun. DJ Brooke Grabow Frenz ‘96 also jumped on the turntables to conclude a picturesque afternoon by the ocean.
The Saturday evening festivities began with delicious cocktails and South Beach-inspired appetizers. Anniversary classes were entertained during dinner with photos and tunes that took them back to their high school days. Presenting sponsor, Justin Firestone ‘95 and Wheels Up, presented a special award to Richard Shugar ‘86, who traveled the farthest to attend the reunion. Richard, a first-time reunion attendee, spoke about his fond memories of Gulliver and how happy he was to reconnect with his fellow Raiders. Justin shared an important message about supporting Gulliver as a volunteer, hosting interns or guest speaking at the Prep. His message about re-engaging with the school offered insight into the trend of Alumni Association programming. Soon after, music filled the ballroom and party sticks were thrust into the air and dancing ensued. The fun continued late into the night.
The Gulliver Alumni Relations Department held its first ladies-only networking lunch at BNY Mellon Wealth Management on April 20, 2016. The lunch included a featured discussion on work-life balance by Monique Catoggio. Marisa Alvarez ‘90 and Faequa Khan ‘05, both attendees of previous Raider’s Edge Networking Lunches, enjoyed the new format – especially the inclusion of the work-life balance presentation. Other attendees included first timer Estrella Sibila ‘97 and frequent networker Jennifer Levin ‘03. Thank you to host Libby Witherspoon ‘87.
On Saturday, March 12, 2016, more than 400 supporters arrived at the Prep Campus for our annual Signature Event: A Night to Connect, which paid tribute to this year’s school theme of connection.
The evening’s festivities kicked off with a cocktail reception that featured a large-scale silent auction, which was open throughout cocktails and dinner. Guests were welcomed with a specialty drink and had the opportunity to take a photo in a photo booth – complete with a backdrop sponsored by Princess World Jewelers and Mr. and Mrs. Kishin Mirpuri and family.
Frank Steel, head of schools, welcomed guests with opening remarks during the dinner program and thanked our honorary chairs, Swapnil ‘94 and Erika Shah, and philanthropic chairs, Mr. and Mrs. Kishin Mirpuri, for their commitment to the Gulliver community. He also acknowledged the event co-chairs, Teresita Haskett and Monica Schwyn, for their countless hours of hard work alongside our event committee, and for their commitment to ensuring a beautiful and successful evening. Steel also thanked the event’s sponsors, underwriters, advertising sponsors and partners.
Finally, Steel offered special recognition to the Shahs for their vision, commitment and generosity to Gulliver. He noted that both Swapnil and Erika Shah have gone above and beyond for Gulliver. They have been involved at all levels, from supporting alumni events to working on Gulliver Parents’ Association committees to serving on the Board of Trustees.
The Gulliver Alumni Association traveled to California on February 26, 2016. Alumni from the Bay Area were invited to a complimentary evening of cocktails, appetizers and networking at The Battery San Francisco. The social also provided a great opportunity for alumni to meet Gulliver’s head of schools, Frank Steel, and the Miller Drive Campus principal, Melissa Sullivan. Attendee class years ranged from 1982 to 2010. Thank you to co-hosts Doug Mandell ‘87 and Scott Rodrick ‘83.
Due to the exclusivity of the venue, there is only one photo from the event.
Early-morning sunshine helped welcome alumni to the Inaugural Alumni Baseball Tournament on January 30. Gulliver’s head coach, Manny Crespo, partnered with the alumni department to organize a softball tournament that would allow former players to take the field once again, meet current players and learn about the baseball program.
The 14th Annual Golf Classic and 7th Annual Tennis Tournament, presented by AA Uniform, took place on January 11, 2016, at the Deering Bay Yacht & Country Club. This year a second tennis round was added, increasing the total spots from 32 to 65 players. Both tournaments were huge successes, raising more than $51,000 to benefit the Booster Club, which supports athletics schoolwide.
While taking pride in a winning tradition, Gulliver’s athletic program develops character, builds self-esteem and teaches the values of teamwork and good sportsmanship.
A special thank you to John Ehrling ‘20, Sean Kelley ‘21, Max McKenna ‘18 and Roman Lopez ‘18 for hosting “Are You Better Than a Gulliver Student Golfer?” These students, stationed at different holes, challenged golf participants to beat them in distance from the tee.
This year’s “Make a Splash” Swim-A-Mile event was another day of fun in the sun! The Gulliver Prep Aquatic Center welcomed more than 180 participants and attendees of all ages. Swimmers dove in and swam up to 72 laps in the pool, raising more than $38,000. Proceeds from the event support the school’s Annual Fund, benefiting the Gulliver Booster Club and the performing and visual arts departments. In addition, a special gift of $5,000 was made to the KiDZ Neuroscience Center at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis.
Before the swimmers hit their lanes, Frank Steel, Gulliver's head of schools, recognized and thanked our student and parent chairs. Coach Jeff Poppell, Gulliver's aquatics director, and Mark Schusterman, Gulliver's athletic director, thanked the participants for their commitment to the event. This year’s Make a Splash included the first-ever Miami Children’s Smiles Relay Race and, for a second year, a Water Polo Shootout. Both were a hit with our event guests.
Our top fundraiser, for the second year in a row, was Luca Patterson ‘26, who won a new GoPro Camera. Awwal, Kamal and Kayaat Kay-Ramos and Sam and Anthony Legaspi. Congratulations to our winners and all of our participants!
Even if they thought their playing days were long over, alumni came out on Saturday, November 28, 2015 to join in the Thanksgiving Alumni Soccer and Lacrosse Games. The event provided an opportunity to reconnect with teammates, meet the current coaches and perform on the same field they played on as proud Gulliver Raiders. Families, friends and fans were also welcome to join the event. Participants received a free shirt, sponsored by Kristian Gonzalez ‘04 and his company, Squadra Soccer.
Soccer took the early slot and yielded a large turnout, thanks to the efforts of alumnus Frank Rosenberg ‘95. During the second round of alumni games, lacrosse player Jeff Gordon ‘04 pumped up his teammates as he encouraged a little friendly competition among players. Both matches were followed with a Shorty’s BBQ lunch, compliments of the Gulliver Alumni Relations Department.
Alumni gathered at CRAVE restaurant in Merrick Park on November 5 to network with fellow alumni from a wide variety of industries, including legal, insurance, technology and real estate. The networking lunch was a huge success, bringing together alumni across age groups and careers. Class years spanned from 1979 through 2010. Participants leveraged their alumni connections to expand their professional resources and gain referrals.
“Quality education generates quality alumni,” said alumnus Percy Avetrani ‘00. “These events are a great way to interact with people who have successful businesses with a common background. It was an honor to be able to sponsor such a great event and reconnect with fellow members of the Gulliver family. I’m looking forward to the next event.”
Special thanks to Percy Avetrani ‘00 and Northwestern Mutual for sponsorship of the event.
On November 12, 2015 the Gulliver Alumni Department hosted a special Alumni Appreciation Reception to recognize alumni for giving their support, time, experience and participation in ways that enhance Gulliver and strengthen the alumni network. Alumni who have served on a committee, served as a mentor, hosted an internship, attended a business networking event, sponsored an event and/or given to the Annual Fund were all invited to attend.
Special thanks to Park Grove for sponsoring the event and everyone who was able to join us for this special evening.
The annual Scotty’s Sunset Social has been a favorite event for Gulliver alumni for more than 10 years. Although the event is traditionally held in March, this year’s social was quickly rescheduled and held on Friday, October 30, following the news that Scotty’s Landing would be closing. (New management re-opened the restaurant under a new name until development plans for the property commence.)
Word of the last-minute Scotty’s Farewell Social spread quickly, and alumni took the opportunity to share the last call with friends as well as family. Terry ‘80 and Kim (Clark) ‘84 Dunn met up with their aunt and uncle, noting they’ve been going to Scotty’s for as long as they can remember. Christy Acosta ‘90 enjoyed catching up alongside her mother and son. Judson ‘95 and Elizabeth (Bustamante) ‘93 Valerius attended with baby “Nugget.” Throughout the evening, alumni reminisced about great times they have shared at the charming waterfront restaurant.
Scotty’s Kate and Scott Wessel were recognized for their long-standing support of this popular alumni event, and the alumni department presented them with a special token of appreciation. Addressing the attendees, Kate Wessel said she and Scott look forward to staying connected with the Gulliver community. Of their time as owners of Scotty’s, she said, “It was a great run”!
Thanks again to Scott and Kate Wessel for all the fun times they made possible at our favorite local watering hole.
From the moment Joe Morgan and Maureen (Marks) Piero met to plan their 35th-anniversary reunion, they knew they wanted to reconnect and celebrate with all their Gulliver friends. With support from the Gulliver Alumni Relations department, they hosted a Class of 1980 and Friends Reunion, gathering together with both classmates from 1980 and with those before and after, whether they graduated from Gulliver or transferred elsewhere.
The reunion was held during Gulliver’s Homecoming Weekend. On Friday, the Class of 1980 and friends were invited to the Alumni Homecoming BBQ to watch the Raiders football game at the Prep and Saturday to the reunion get-together.
Attendees ranged in class years from 1979 (Frank Dolstaler and Mike Maguire) to 1981 (Ramiro Arango and Cheryl Clute Hatfield). Traveling the farthest to attend this long overdue reunion were Anna Stempfel Zatkoff ‘79 and her husband Gary, who came from Northville, Michigan.
Special thanks to Maureen Marks Piero for graciously opening her home for this memorable event.
The Gulliver Alumni Association and Gulliver Athletic Department hosted the First Annual Gulliver Alumni 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in the Prep’s Blue Dungeon. Teams competed on Saturday, October 3, 2015, in an action-packed double elimination tournament. Participant class years ranged from 1984, represented by William Trattler, to 2015, represented by John Walker. Congratulations to the winning team: Brian Abasolo ‘98, Hector Arguello ‘98, Daniel Boston ‘00 and David Galdiano ‘98.
On October 2, 2015, more than 200 guests attended the annual alumni Homecoming BBQ, which featured complimentary food and drinks, including wings donated by Buffalo Wild Wings. The view of the game from the aquatic center deck was surprising for those who hadn’t been back to the campus in some time. The Homecoming BBQ was a family affair, with a clown and bounce house for the kids and a giant slide for children and daring adults! A few of the first-time attendees included Melanie Fuenmayor ‘14, Erin Garbow ‘90, Ana Irizarry Roy ‘80 and Dan Vigdor ‘88. Faculty members also attended the BBQ, to catch up with former students and their families.School pride is what Gulliver Homecoming is all about! Alumni sported vintage Gulliver apparel and helped cheer on the Raiders to victory against Miami Edison Senior High School.
The Gulliver Alumni Association traveled to Atlanta on September 25, 2015, to host a complimentary evening of cocktails and appetizers, live entertainment and a chance to see a film on the biggest screen in town. All alumni from Georgia were invited to take part in the Martinis & IMAX event at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, hosted by Ted Schwartz ‘85 and Joel & Granot Commercial Real Estate. Guests enjoyed a unique mix of culture and cocktails in a casually cool setting that was perfect for reconnecting and networking with Atlanta-area alumni. The social also provided a great opportunity for alumni in the area to meet Gulliver’s head of schools, Frank Steel. He provided updates on school-wide enhancements and shared a few short-term goals for the Gulliver community.