Bejar 56 restarts their 2022 zoo outing

Alhambra members host zoo trip and lunch to God’s special guests

Bejar Caravan 56, Order of the Alhambra, hosted physically and developmentally disabled individuals and some of their staff to a day at the San Antonio Zoo and lunch at Brackenridge Park on May 4.

This is an annual event, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, 2019 was the last year in which Caravan 56 had hosted this effort. This year the Bejar Caravan hosted 316 guests, which has been the lowest number they have supported to date. In 2016, the caravan hosted 809 guests, which was the largest attendance. 

This event was made possible through the team efforts of the sponsors and donors — Catholic Life Insurance, Ricos Products, Flowers Baking, and the San Antonio Zoo) — as well as Caravan members, St. Rose of Lima Columbiettes, and the Sultanas. The chairmen for the event was Past Grand Commander (PGC) David Gomez. 

The International Order of Alhambra is an organization of Catholic men and women dedicated to assisting persons with intellectually and developmentally disabled.

The order’s mission is to provide assistance, education and residences for persons who are developmentally disabled; identify, mark, preserve, and commemorate Catholic historical places, events and persons of international or regional importance; and promote fraternalism and sociability among its members and their families.

For more information on joining the International Order of Alhambra and local Bejar Caravan 56, contact Rodolpho “Rudy” Carrizales at (210) 445-1231 or or Grand Commander Greg Kanning at (210) 275-1708 or

Cooks – From left, Leroy Salinas, Dennis Migl, Elizandro De Los Santo were the Alhambra Caravan Bejar #56 cooks for the event in Brackenridge Park at the he Koehler Pavilion).

Alhambra team — Bejar 56 Caravan team, composed of Sultanas and Caravan members.

Sultanas at work – Bejar Caravan 56 Sultanas at work at the event.

Team at work — Bejar Caravan 56 Sultanas and Caravan members preparing lunch as Grand Commander Rene Valero oversees the operation.

David Gomez with special guest — Past Grand Commander David Gomez and is shown in a photo with one of the special attendees. There are numerous logistics, scheduling, transportation, oversight and other tasks to put this event together for visitors.

Our guests – Guests take time out from lunch for a photo.

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