National Quilt Exhibit Comes to Lebanon County, PA in May 2008



(ANNVILLE, PA -- February 11, 2008) “Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece,” a national quilt exhibit, will be on display at Countryside Christian Community, 200 Bellann Court, Annville on May 17 and 18, 2008. The work of 54 quilt artists from 30 states, plus one artist from New Zealand, is represented in the exhibit. The artists, many internationally renowned, offer poignant interpretation of the Alzheimer’s experience in fiber. Each artist statement is paired with a fact about Alzheimer’s. A 112-page full color book and a computer CD with photographs narrated by the artists of the exhibit will be available for sale. All profit from the sale of the book is donated to Alzheimer’s research.

“Having experienced the exhibit first-hand at a recent national long-term care conference, the staff of Countryside were so moved by the quality and impact of the quilts that they knew the people of Lebanon County and the surrounding region needed the opportunity to experience the exhibit,” said Daniel N. Snyder, Director of Planning & Development, Countryside Christian Community. “Hosting this nationally acclaimed quilt exhibit will bring to our community a greater understanding of the challenges of this disease and hopefully inspire a renewed outlook upon the contributions seniors and their caregivers make within our society.”

The exhibit will be open to the public on Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. until noon and then again from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The exhibit can also be seen during the open house on Sunday, May 18 which includes light refreshments with piano music, tours of the Community and a “Caring for the Caregiver” slide presentations. Sunday’s events are from 1:30-4:30 p.m.

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research for Alzheimer’s disease. “Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece” is just one of its efforts. The AAQI has raised and donated more than $157,000 for Alzheimer’s research since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of AAQI and curator of the exhibit. Her mother has Alzheimer’s.

For information on Countryside Christian Community and the events, contact Daniel Snyder, Director of Planning & Development at 717-867-4636 or www.countrysidechristian.info. For information on the AAQI, contact Ami Simms at 810-637-5586 (9 a.m – 3 p.m. Eastern), ami@alzquilt.org or www.alzquilts.org.

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Daniel Snyder (ucchdan@comcast.net)
Director of Planning & Development
Countryside Christian Community
Phone: 717-867-4636
www.countrysidechristian.info

Ami Simms (Ami@AlzQuilts.org)
Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
1200 Creekwood Trail
Burton, MI 48509
Phone: 810.637.5586 www.AlzQuilts.org