Dinner celebrates 25th anniversary of girls’ arrival at Boys Ranch

About 285 alumni, current residents, staff and friends of Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch gathered in the campus fine arts building Saturday for a special dinner celebrating the 25th anniversary of the opening of Boys Ranch’s first girls’ home.

“The introduction of girls to Boys Ranch marked a significant milestone in the rich heritage of Cal Farley’s,” said Dan Adams, Cal Farley’s president and CEO. “Raising boys and girls together has been well worth the effort to allow us to provide more normalized experiences for healthy peer relationships to develop for our young people.”

Saturday’s dinner included a special message from Sharon Miner, director of accountability for Sam Silverstein, Inc., musical and poetic performances by current Boys Ranch residents and the special memories of several female Cal Farley’s alumnae.

In 1992, the first girls’ home, Romersi I, opened at Boys Ranch. Its first residents were the sisters of several male Boys Ranch residents. That first girls’ home is named for Mrs. Marjorie Cole Romersi, who began supporting Cal Farley’s in 1974. Mrs. Romersi approached Cal Farley’s with her desire to fund a home for girls at Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch campus.

Cal Farley’s Board of Directors had been researching co-ed campuses since about 1987, and was open to Mrs. Romersi’s generous offer. Today, a quarter of a century after the first girls arrived at Boys Ranch, no less than eight girls’ homes at Cal Farley’s are home to a community of some 80 girls!

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