The Paul H. Sullivan Memorial Foundation
When the late Paul Sullivan was on the air, holding down the weeknight 8 to midnight shift on WBZ-AM (1030), his listeners were well aware of his humor. The Lowell native didn't suffer fools gladly, and listeners who tuned into "The Paul Sullivan Show" enjoyed his common-sense-driven jibes at bad drivers and selfish politicians. But when it came to giving, Sully, as he was called, was a little quieter, and fans of the show, which first went on air in January 2005, might not have been as aware of his sense of community.
"His favorite thing to do was promote different causes," recalls Sullivan's widow, Mary-Jo Griffin. "He'd either get people financially or physically involved."
This spirit, says Griffin, is what guides the Paul Sullivan Memorial Foundation which has already focused on two projects. The first is the Paul H. Sullivan suite at Saints Medical Center.
The second project, following up Sullivan's commitment to community involvement, is funding the Paul H. Sullivan Leadership Institute at Middlesex Community College.
"He thought, 'How are we going to get young people involved? " Griffin recalls. The institute is grooming Middlesex students for the business world - and for roles in the community at large. Our Mission is to keep this spirit alive. The spirit of giving, whether it be in a way that makes one smile, or in a way that helps a person meet his/her daily needs, because it was what Paul did.