Intergenerational Movie Screening: The Empowerment Project

Empowerment Project Event Type: Adult Programs
Date: 3/21/2018
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 8:00 PM
 The Empowerment Project is the incredible journey of a crew of female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower, and inspire the next generation of strong women to go after their career ambitions. Join us as we honor and award several Saratoga Springs-area women who have served our community, followed by a panel discussion after the film. This intergenerational screening is for participants ages 11 and up. Refreshments will be served.

Recipients of Empowerment Project Awards

Saratoga Springs is thrilled to announce the winner's of our "Empowerment Project" Awards and hope you will join us Wednesday evening for a screening of the film, discussion, and an opportunity to get to know each of these incredible women...

Honoree: Rhonda Cooper, Volunteer Leatherstocking Honor Flight Coordinator
Nominated by: Sue Clark

A hub of the National Honor Flight network, the Leatherstocking Honor Flight is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to taking World War II and Korean War Veterans, at no cost, to Washington, D.C. to experience War Memorials as a group. Rhonda Cooper is a committed local volunteer that coordinates travel for 75-100 Capital District Veterans who fly out of Albany International Airport each spring and fall. Rhonda goes above and beyond to ensure comfortable passage for Veterans, some of whom may require additional assistance with wheelchairs and nurses. She listens to Veterans’ families and understands their concerns for their loved ones who might be traveling by air for the first time in 50 years.

Honoree: Karen Flewelling, Founder of Drilling for Hope
Nominated by: Gina Michelin

After retiring from teaching, Karen Flewelling volunteered for Earthwatch and other international service organizations to help save endangered species. She has traveled to Africa, Vietnam, North, Central, and South America. It was during these travels that she set her sights on another cause – to help families struggling in other countries. In 2005, Karen founded Drilling for Hope, a non-profit organization that provides livestock and clean water to communities around the globe. Drilling for Hope also sponsors childhood education, school supplies, sports equipment and medical supplies. Karen pays her own travel expenses, as well as food and lodging, so 100% of every donation goes directly toward people and well drilling endeavors.

Honoree: Patricia A. Nugent educator, author, healer and editor of the anthology "Before They Were Our Mothers: Voices of Women Born before Rosie Starting Riveting"
Nominated by: Cathy Lanci

After the loss of her mother and upon receiving a grant from Saratoga Arts, author, editor and teacher Patricia A. Nugent compiled an anthology of true stories about women for her book "Before They Were Our Mothers: Voices of Women Born Before Rosie Started Riveting." This book offers readers a personal glimpse into world events from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s, "Voices of Women" has also spurred a sisterhood that unites women’s stories across New York State.

Honoree: Ellie von Wellsheim, volunteer for Moon Bees and the The MoonCatcher Project
Nominated by: Carol Geary

After attending a talk in 2010, Ellie von Wellsheim learned about the need for women and girls in developing countries to have access to sanitary products so that they could work and stay in school. Since then she has been a tireless advocate for this issue, sponsoring local workshops through the The MoonCatcher Project to assemble sanitary packages to be distributed both is the US and abroad. Ellie not only makes changes around the world that enable young women to stay in school and build their futures, but also empowers her local community to make a difference for others. More about this work can be found at

Location: H. Dutcher Community Room
Other Information:
 For more information on The Empowerment Project, please visit:
Contact: Jennifer Ogrodowski and Kali Nagler
Contact Number: (518) 584-7860 x247
Link: Nomination Form