Elisa Vilano Ojeda
Through boundless energy, passion and sheer force of personality, Elly Vilano Chovel put a face to the name “Pedro Pan.” Formed in 1991, Elly was the driving force of Operation Pedro Pan Group for 16 years and worked tirelessly to pursue it's goals of re-connecting Pedro Pans across the United States, documenting the history of this remarkable exodus of 14,000 unaccompanied minors and giving back by helping children in need.
Elly did everything she could to promote the Pedro Pan story from helping many authors and journalists with books and stories, accepting hundreds of interviews far and wide, even speaking at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. She honored Monsignor Bryan O. Walsh with the devotion and dignity with which she dedicated her life to Operation Pedro Pan Group and accomplished many goals including the creation of a park at Camp Matecumbe and the Monsignor Walsh Children's Village.
Donations may be made to the Elly Chovel Scholarship Fund established by the Green Family Foundation in her name through Operation Pedro Pan Group. The scholarship is awarded toward collage tuition for children of Pedro Pans.
Elly's daughter Brigid Prio has registered in the Miami Herald database on her behalf. The family welcomes all your prayers and sentiments. Elly is survived by two daughters, a son, five grandchildren, her mother and two sisters. She is always on our minds, in our hearts and in our prayers.