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For Immediate Release:
October 31, 2012
Media Contact:
Ela Pestano


Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez and the City of Miami to dedicate street to Elly Chovel for her contributions to the community

Miami Dade County Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez in conjunction with the City of Miami, will honor the memory Elly Chovel with a street designation with her name. On Friday, November 2nd, 2012 at noon, Commissioner Suarez and staff from various County and City departments will unveil “Elly Chovel Road” at Southeast 15th Road between Brickell Avenue and Biscayne Blvd.

The Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved the City of Miami co-designation of Southeast 15th Road from Brickell Avenue to the Bay as “Elly Chovel Road.”

Elly Chovel was born in Cuba and at the age of 14, along with her sister Maria, at the age 12, were sent to the United States in the largest exodus of unaccompanied children from Cuba’s Communist regime during the Operation Pedro Pan. In 1991, Elly Chovel  founded “Operation Pedro Pan” to reconnect all the victims from Pedro Pan and to document the stories of more than 14,000 unaccompanied minors and giving back by helping children in need.

Her efforts are survived by two daughters, a son, five grandchildren, her mother and two sisters.

For more information, please contact Commissioner Suarez’ office at (305) 375-5680.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Xavier L. Suarez Miami-Dade County and City of Miami elected officials
Unveiling of “Elly Chovel Road”
November 02, 2012, 12:00 p.m.
Southeast 15th Road between Brickell Avenue and Biscayne Blvd.