“While in Texas I emailed my Villanova friends and asked them to come join me in Florida, if they were up to it. And they all responded that they were,” Speaker says.
The group of nine Villanovans headed South. A local sheriff’s department in Florida connected them to the executive director of Pigeon Key Marine Science Foundation, a camp on a private five-acre key that teaches disadvantaged children about the ecosystem and marine life.
“The place looked run over,” says Chuck Calhoun ’85. “There were four employees working with no power, no nothing.”
The Villanova crew used chain saws to clear trees that had cut off access to buildings. The staff estimated that the group’s effort put them ahead of recovery efforts by two and a half months.