2013 Emilie… Beneficiary

Part of the box office proceeds from Emilie…, in the amount of $3,400, was donated to the Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program (ROPE), a skills based program for young women in Berkshire County. This donation fully funded the Northeast college tour taken by ROPE participants at the culmination of their program.

About Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program (ROPE)

Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program (ROPE) was founded and is run by Pittsfield community leader Shirley Edgerton. The ROPE program is a multicultural empowerment organization for middle and high school girls with a strong focus on girls of color. The initiative is designed to celebrate and honor the entry of adolescent girls into womanhood; and to provide them with skills and knowledge to be successful, independent and responsible women. It also supports participants in discovering their inner voice and all components of personal development.

“The relationship with WAM has provided a financial opportunity to expose our young ladies to the possibilities of attending college.”

Shirley Edgerton

Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program