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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
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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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EXHIBIT: 9/11 Peace Story Quilt

5 Nov

While in NYC for the September 11th 10 year anniversary memorial, Wrapped Up in Sports founder, Kate McCullough, came across the 9/11 Peace Story Quilt at the MET. We hope many of you get the chance to see exhibition.

9/11 Peace Story Quilt

August 30, 2011–January 22, 2012


The 9/11 Peace Story Quilt was designed by Faith Ringgold and constructed in collaboration with New York City students ages eight through nineteen. The quilt poignantly conveys the importance of communication across cultures and religions to achieve the goal of peace. Comprised of three panels, each with twelve squares on the theme of peace, the quilt will be displayed alongside several original works of art that inspired its content.

Faith Ringgold is well known for her story quilts: art that combines painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling. Her work has been exhibited in major museums around the world and can be found in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art, among others. In addition to writing and illustrating eleven children’s books, she has been the recipient of more than seventy-five awards, fellowships, citations, and honors, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship for painting, two National Endowment for the Arts Awards, and seventeen honorary doctorates.

http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2011/the-911-peace-story-quilt

UPDATE: A Thank You from The Marchioni Family

28 Oct

Email sent from “Stars & Stitches” quilt recipient Niki Marchioni whose husband is currently serving in the US Military:

Hi!
I just wanted to say thank you so much for my Red Sox blanket for my daughter. I received it this past week and it is adorable and perfect! I adore the little star that I send to my husband as well. I know that he will love the idea of carrying a piece of it on his missions. Thank you so much for this organization and everything you guys do.

Much Love,
The Marchioni Family

Our pleasure!
Thank you to your husband for his service to our country and to your family.  We appreciate all that you sacrifice and hope this quilt brings you comfort.

VOLUNTEER

If you are interested in volunteering with our Stars & Stitches project please email Kate [at] WrappedUpInSports [dot] org

PRESS: EnterpriseNews.com

11 Jul

Miss Kristina Shalhoup wrote a lovely article about Wrapped Up for Enterprise News.

WHITMAN – The art of quilting has run in Kate McCullough’s family for years but for her, it ended up being more than just a hobby.

Surprising both her peers and herself, McCullough put her quilting skills to good use, establishing her own non-profit organization, Wrapped Up in Sports, in 2009. The organization makes quilts and donates them to charities and homeless children around the region…

You can read the full article here.

EVENT: Mark Wahlberg’s Celebrity Golf Tournament Pre-Party

28 Jun

Last Friday, founder Kate McCullough had the opportunity to rub shoulders with some celebrities at Mark Wahlberg’s Celebrity Golf Tournament Pre-Party.

The golf tournament will benefit Wahlberg’s Youth Foundation.

Along with meeting Mark himself,

and Bill Paxton…

She also had the opportunity to catch up with Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton of the Bruins and recent Stanley Cup Champions!

INTERVIEW: Blog Talk Radio Podcast

20 Jun

On June 18, Wrapped Up in Sports founder Kate McCullough was interviewed by Mark McCurdy, President of Non Profit Career Coach.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nonprofitcareercoach/2011/06/18/leadership-wrapped-up-into-sports.mp3?guid=415d2706-9c70-4173-bc63-947cde4484a6

Mark is the “Social Impact Chef” and author of Strategic Volunteering: 50 Ingredients to Transform Your Life and Career.

He explores topics such as leadership, best practices, finding your passion and purpose, new strategies all helpful resources to accelerate your life and career. His guests include leaders in the nonprofit and social impact space, social entrepreneurs, and creative thinkers.

Mark speaks regularly on topics such as volunteering, finding your social impact compass, Life After AmeriCorps, careers in nonprofits, and career transitions.

Today we will be interviewing Kate McCullough, Founder and President of Wrapped Up in Sports. An avid sports fan and quilter, Kate was sparked with the idea to make and donate quilts representing the Boston Red Sox to the Jimmy Fund Clinic. Kate realized how much of an impact sports teams and their players have on these children. A visit from a player can change the mood of a child for an entire day and make him or her forget, even if only for a short while, that they have cancer. In her opinion, there was no better way to personally connect with these children than to give them a gift of their beloved sports team. Kate decided to broaden her idea to extend the cause to not only cancer patients, but children in need – being medical, social or mental health need. She researched other teams like the Boston Celtics and the New England Patriots, and learned of other programs for children in need such as homelessness and children suffering from drug and physical abuse. Want to get engaged and learn more visit http://wrappedupinsports.org.

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!

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