April 10, 2012

A Common Cause: Two Bentley Sisters Reconnect Through Business

Over ten years have passed since Alpha Phi sisters Jillian (Lamoureux) Nowlan and Kate McCullough graduated from Bentley University (Zeta Rho chapter), but these roommates have kept in touch and now are working closer than ever by integrating their businesses together—while keeping children in our community at their core.

Kate, a South Boston resident, was an avid quilter and sports fanatic. After watching a Jimmy Fund special during a Red Sox game, she was inspired to use her talents to give back to the community. After months of planning, she created “Wrapped Up in Sports, “ a 501(c ) (3) tax-exempt non-profit organization dedicated to making, collecting and donating sports team-inspired quilts to children in need. She has worked alongside Terry Francona and Kevin Youkalis (and his non-profit organization) to donate over 462 quilts in just over two years. Kate believes that every child deserves to have their spirits lifted, not only on game day, but every day.

Eight hundred miles away in Charlotte, North Carolina, her former roommate Jillian had just taken some time off from a fulfilling relationship management career upon the birth of her two sons, Garrett and Grayson.

“After working so long in the professional field, I realized that I was still a business woman and now my business was kids!” Jillian saw the joy in the eyes of a child when they read a good book and decided to write and publish her own. “I definitely utilized my Bentley education while creating my publishing company, “Cloud 9 Children’s Books, Inc.,” and the entire book’s lifecycle from writing, editing, printing, networking, analysis and marketing. This project touched on every subject and was a great big check mark off my bucket list.”

After numerous late night calls and emails, the former roommates decided to partner in their business endeavors. Kate shares and assists in marketing Jillian’s book “My Propeller Plane,” and a portion of the proceeds goes directly to Kate’s organization, “Wrapped Up in Sports.”

Kate and Jillian are grateful that Bentley and their Alpha Phi sisterhood provided the foundation that they needed to go out into the world and make a difference; they both agree that they are in the business of making children in our communities smile.

For more information, please visit Kate and Jillian’s websites:
Cloud 9 Children’s Books, Inc
Wrapped Up in Sports

Thank you to Jillian Nowlan (Zeta Rho-Bentley) for sharing this wonderful story.

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