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PRESS RELEASE: Scituate Woman Assembles her own Troop for Servicemen & Women

21 Dec

Date: Monday, December 19, 2011
Contact: Katy Barrett
KB Marketing Associates, LLC
(860) 538-2633
katy@kbmarketingassociates.com

SCITUATE WOMAN ASSEMBLES HER OWN TROOP TO SHOW LOVE FOR FAMILIES OF SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN

Anne Marcin calls on friends and family to help make 100 sports-inspired quilts to donate to children with parents in the armed forces to give them comfort while loved-ones are deployed.

Scituate, MA – Registered Nurse Anne Marcin, 52, of Scituate, MA, fell in love with the art of quilting in 1980. Having grown up in Burgundy France with a mother of an avid Red Sox fan even across the “big lake”, Anne quickly carried on her mother’s love for the team. Little did Anne know that her two loves would be combined at last year’s Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. Quiltathon at Fenway Park.

Excited to go to one of America’s favorite ballparks with three friends to do some charitable quilting, Anne learned quickly of Wrapped Up in Sports’ mission – to make, collect, and donate professional sports teams-inspired quilts for children in medical, social, and mental-health need. However that day, the organization had a specific mission in mind which was to create Red Sox inspired quilts for their Stars & Stitches Project where Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. would donate patriotic and professional sports team-inspired quilts along with matching 6″ quilted squares to US Military servicemen and women and their families. Each child would receive a quilt and their relative soldier would receive the matching 6″ quilted square to keep them connected.

Anne was inspired. She left that day and called on friends Maureen Anderson, Cyndi Meaney, along with members of the Crosstown Quilters of Weymouth, Herring Run Quilts Guild in Norwell and Coastal Quilters to help her with her own personal goal of donating a total of 100 quilts to Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. from a new troop she dubbed the “Genesis All Star Team”. Volunteers helped Anne make the quilt tops almost every other Sunday and then Maureen Anderson of Anderson Quilting, a longarm quilting business in Holbrook, MA would help complete the quilts.

After already donating 30 quilt tops in April, Anne, Cyndi, and Maureen gathered recently to hand deliver the remaining 70 finished quilts and corresponding stars last week to Kate McCullough, President and Founder of Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. “I was nearly moved to tears when they opened the car to reveal a trunk full of beautifully completed Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, Patriots, and New England Revolution quilts! We are so grateful for how much love went into this project and we can’t wait to give them to the children of families in our armed forces.”

“Volunteering is part of my life and I am lucky enough to be able to assist others who need it and do something I enjoy (quilting) in the process.” Anne says. When asked what her message would be to the service men and women whose children would be receiving her quilts she said, “THANK YOU!!!! That would be my message. They donate their lives for our freedom. Hours of quilting could never repay what they give us.”

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Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization dedicated to making, collecting, and donating professional sports teams-inspired quilts for children in medical, social, and mental-health need. For more information about the organization, how to get involved, or to make a gift, please visit www.wrappedupinsports.org or contact Kate McCullough at (857) 891-1612 or kate@wrappedupinsports.org.

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Cyndi Meaney of Bridgewater, MA, Maureen Anderson of Bridgewater, MA and also Anderson Quilting of Holbrook, MA along with Anne Marcin of Scituate, MA deliver the car-load of 70 beautiful hand-made sports-inspired quilts to Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. (www.wrappedupinsports.org)

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INTERVIEW: Red Sox Report

13 May

During the 2011 Wrapped Up in Sports Quilt-a-Thon at Fenway Park, founder Kate McCullough was interviewed for the Red Sox Report.

The story aired on April 19, 2011.

You can view the interview on MLB.com!

PRESS RELEASE: 11 Year old girl suprises quilters at Fenway Park

23 Mar

March 23, 2011
Jessica Caldwell donated beautiful baseball-inspired quilt to be given to a child supported by the Home Base Program

Boston, MA – The sound of sewing machines filled the air of an empty Fenway Park on Sunday as volunteers worked tirelessly for seven hours producing quilts at the 2011 Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. Quiltathon. The quiltathon, put on by Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. – an organization dedicated to making, collecting, and donating professional sports teams-inspired quilts for children in medical, social, and mental-health need – was designed to create as many baseball-inspired charity quilts for the children of families supported by the MGH Home Base Program. After an exciting but long day, volunteers got the extra boost they needed in the seventh hour from an 11 year old girl who came running through the doors with a quilt she had made in her fifth grade sewing class.

Completely impressed by her skills, the volunteers took a break to admire the craftsmanship and artistry of the baseball-themed quilt. Jessica Caldwell, 11, of Quincy, MA had heard about the event from her fifth grade sewing teacher and wanted to create the quilt for her sewing project.

“What a perfect way to end the day!” says Kate McCullough, Founder and Executive Director of Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc., “To know that a young girl understands what we are trying to accomplish with our organization, and wants to contribute is heartwarming. A child whose family has been affected greatly by the Iraq or Afghanistan war, will know that it was made by another child with love – we could not ask for more!”

More than 55 beautifully designed quilts tops were made at the second annual event, 40 more than last year’s quiltathon. More than 30 sewers showed up to attend the day filled with quilt making, prizes, lunch, and a visit from the beloved Wally the Green Monster – who even got behind a sewing machine! All quilts made at the quiltathon will be donated to children of families supported by the Home Base Program, a partnership between the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital that provides clinical care to veterans experiencing combat or deployment-related stress, or traumatic brain injury (TBI), as well as clinical care and support for families of veterans. “”We are delighted to receive these beautiful quilts on behalf of the families who serve all of us. The Home Base Program is extremely grateful to all the quilters who generously shared their time and talent in service of our veterans and their families,” said Paula Rauch, MD Director of the Home Base Family Team.

The 2011 Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. Quiltathon is a perfect example of the good that can be achieved when people come together with a desire to help others less fortunate.

Watch us on the Red Sox Report here >>

PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT: Cover 2 Cover Magazine February 2011

2 Mar

Wrapped Up in Sports was featured in the February 2011 Issue of Cover 2 Cover.

PRESS RELEASE: Give Thanks & Quilt Campaign

9 Nov

wrapped up in sportshit for kids

Date:

  • Friday, November 4, 2010

Contact:

  • Katy Barrett
  • KB Marketing Associates, LLC
  • (860) 538-2633
  • katy@kbmarketingassociates.com

KEVIN YOUKILIS HITS FOR KIDS

AND WRAPPED UP IN SPORTS, INC.

ANNOUNCE “GIVE THANKS AND QUILT” CAMPAIGN

A holiday season campaign to inspire quilters to make sports-inspired quilts for kids at The Italian Home for Children

Boston, MA – Looking for a unique way to give back this holiday season? Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids is teaming up with Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. in an effort to bring joy this holiday season to the children being served by The Italian Home for Children, one of Youkilis’ favorite charities that treats and houses emotionally and behaviorally challenged children of all races, nationalities and religions.

Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids and Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. are asking Red Sox and New England sports fans to produce Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, or Boston Bruins inspired-quilts to be collected and presented by Kevin himself along-side Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. this December to children at The Italian Home for Children.

Between now and December 15th, you can participate in “Give Thanks and Quilt” by producing quilts and submitting them to Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. For more details, sample patterns, and to learn how to donate a quilt, please visit www.wrappedupinsports.org.

Working with Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids is the ideal collaboration for Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. “Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids has had an amazing impact supporting underfunded organizations in New England. Their mission is so strongly related to ours that teaming up just felt like a homerun,” says Kate McCullough, President and Founder of Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc., an organization founded last year that is dedicated to making, collecting, and donating professional sports teams-inspired quilts for children in medical, social, and mental-health need. Kate says, “It is our hope that fans of Kevin Youkilis and the charities he supports will rally together to help create enough quilts to give the kids of The Italian Home for Children quilts to provide them with comfort and pride as they cheer on their beloved sports teams”.

 

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Wrapped Up in Sports, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt non-profit organization dedicated to making, collecting, and donating professional sports teams-inspired quilts for children in medical, social, and mental-health need. For more information about the organization, how to get involved, or to make a gift, please visit www.wrappedupinsports.org or contact Kate McCullough at (857) 891-1612 or kate@wrappedupinsports.org.

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Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids is a charitable organization founded by Boston Red Sox infielder Kevin Youkilis, dedicated to rallying local and corporate support for charities and organizations focused on the health and wellbeing of children. Kevin Youkilis Hits for Kids teams up with existing community-based children’s charities and medical research programs in New England and in Kevin’s home town of Cincinnati, to help them raise money and awareness.

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The Italian Home for Children is a residential and day treatment facility for emotionally and behaviorally challenged children of all races, nationalities and religions. On any given day about 100 children attend the programs in the Jamaica Plain campus, while about 20 children are enrolled in the Cranwood programs in East Freetown, MA. All of our children, boys and girls, range in age from 4 to 13 years old. The Italian Home for Children specializes in the assessment and treatment of a variety of behavioral and mental health concerns.  Every year the Italian Home assists over 500 children and provides its services to children throughout Massachusetts.

 

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