FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
(Burton, Michigan) April 10, 2012: The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) has received its 10,000th donated quilt. Made by Kristin Shields of Bend, Oregon, this 8.5" x 8.5" quilt represents the support of quilters across the United States quilting for a cure. Kristin's quilt features a stitched image of a sleeping butterfly and is titled ““Shhhh….”. It is dedicated "to the caregivers who might need a little extra rest."
The AAQI sells small donated quilts and uses the profits to fund Alzheimer's research through its Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts program.
Kristin has made 16 quilts for her $1,000 Promise, raising more than $800 for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. She is also a member of the AAQI’s Quilt-A-Month Club having made or purchased at least one quilt every month for the past 14 months in a row.
Kristen said, “I make quilts for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative because I like the work they do to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research. I also love to try out techniques in this small format. In fact, my work is getting smaller all the time!”
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The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (www.alzquilts.org) is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research through art. It auctions and sells donated quilts through the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt project and sponsors a touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's called "Alzheimer's Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope." The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative has raised more than $713,000 since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation operated entirely by volunteers. She is a quilter. Her mother had Alzheimer's.
For more information on the AAQI or to make a donation, contact Ami Simms at 810-637-5586 (9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern), firstname.lastname@example.org or www.alzquilts.org.
Founder and Executive Director
Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
1200 Creekwood Trail
Burton, MI 48509
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"Alzheimer's Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.
Quilt title: "Shhhh...."
Quilt maker: Kristin Shields
Front, Back, Logo designed by Tom Russell.