An evening with Blake Lively and screening of A Path Appears

The Greenwich Chapter of Room to Read, a global non-profit focused on literacy and girls’ education, is proud to welcome the actress Blake Lively; the Academy Award nominated and Emmy winning Producer Mira Chang; and Associate Director Audrey Morrissey, My Life My Choice, for a presentation and exclusive screening of A Path Appears.

A Path Appears is a documentary from the creative team that brought you the groundbreaking series Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The film follows intrepid reporters Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn and actor/advocates Malin Akerman, Mia Farrow, Ronan Farrow, Jennifer Garner, Regina Hall, Ashley Judd, Blake Lively, Eva Longoria, and Alfre Woodard to Colombia, Haiti, Kenya, and throughout the United States as they uncover the harshest forms of gender-based oppression and human rights violations, as well as the effective solutions being implemented to combat them.

“It takes the citizens. It takes the parents. It takes the teachers.  It takes the whole community to say there are children that are missing all the time. Even though its complex there is a solution and its just up to us to care.”  Blake Lively

The evening begins with a screening of selections from the film followed by an illuminating discussion between Ms. Lively, Ms. Chang and Ms. Morrissey.  The event will conclude with a dessert reception.

The event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m., at Performance Art Center at Greenwich Country Day School, 401 Old Church Road, Greenwich. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are limited and may be purchased for $75 general admission and $250 or $500 for reserved seating at This event presents a unique opportunity for parents to expose their teenagers to a first-person account of the plight of girls around the world, and guests are encouraged to bring their children over the age of fifteen.

Proceeds will go directly to Room to Read’s rebuilding efforts in Nepal. Following the devastating earthquakes this year, Room to Read has set-up a Nepal Education Fund to support communities to ensure that as many children as possible are able to return to a safe school environment that has the necessary learning materials to function.  Over 32,000 classrooms in Nepal were destroyed and approximately one million children could not return to school or are in temporary “tent schools.”

Founded in 2008, the Greenwich Chapter of Room to Read has successfully hosted fundraisers for Room to Read including a benefit featuring Tina Brown and Sir John Major which raised close to half a million dollars. In addition to substantial fundraising efforts, the Greenwich Chapter has brought many noted authors to speak to the Greenwich community at Room to Read events including Patricia McCormick, Dr. Abraham Verghese and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan.

Since 2000, Room to Read has opened over 1,900 schools and over 17,500 libraries, distributed over 15 million books including over 1150 self-published original local language titles, and supported over 31,500 girls to succeed in secondary school and beyond.

For more information, interviews or press inquiries, please contact Shauna Varvel at [email protected] or 203-554-8233.

About Room to Read

Room to Read is a global organization transforming the lives of millions of children in low-income countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, our innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low-income countries during two time periods which are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. We work in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions. Room to Read has benefited 10 million children across 17,000 communities in Asia and Africa, and aims to reach 15 million children by 2020. Learn more at

About Blake Lively

Blake Lively is an actress, entrepreneur and advocate for the empowerment, health and emancipation of women. Named one of Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” Blake is also a daughter, sister, aunt and mother to a baby girl, influenced herself by the many strong, passionate women in her life. Blake has most recently showcased her passion for women’s issues through her involvement with “A Path Appears” and her work with Chime For Change and Covenant House, all projects dear to her heart.

About Mira Chang

Mira Chang (Co-Executive Producer) is a veteran producer, director and former cinematographer whose work in documentary film and television can be seen in projects such as the Emmy award nominated film Left of the Dial (2005); the Academy Award nominated film Jesus Camp (2007); South by Southwest Audience Award winner Motherland (2006); and several Emmy Award-winning pieces for ABC News. Most recently she was the series producer for Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. She is currently heading development at Show of Force.

About Audrey Morrissey

Audrey Morrissey is the Associate Director of My Life My Choice. As a local and national leader in the field of exploitation, Ms. Morrissey most recently has served as Co-Chair of the Victim Services Committee of the Massachusetts Task Force on Human Trafficking. Ms. Morrissey has also served as a primary consultant to the Massachusetts Administrative Office of the Trial Court’s “Redesigning the Court’s Response to Prostitution” project. Drawing from her personal experience in “the Life”, Ms. Morrissey seeks to help vulnerable girls avoid being recruited into the commercial sex industry and/ or leave exploitation behind them.  In addition, she works individually mentoring girls who are victims of CSEC or are deemed high risk. Ms. Morrissey is a 2008 recipient of the prestigious Petra Foundation Fellowship and a 2012 recipient of The Philanthropic Initiative’s Boston Neighborhood Fellows Award.

Blake Lively has most recently showcased her passion for women’s issues through her involvement with A Path Appears.

Blake Lively has most recently showcased her passion for women’s issues through her involvement with A Path Appears.

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