Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative Celebrates 6,000th Donated Quilt

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative Celebrates 6,000th Donated Quilt
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

(Burton, Michigan) --October 26, 2010-- The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative(AAQI) has received its 6,000th donated quilt. Marge Phillips of Vernon Hills, Illinois stitched and donated “Purple Cone Flower” in honor of her mother, Jessie Mae Taylor Plapp (1914-2001) who had Alzheimer's.

The AAQI raises money for research by selling and auctioning small format art quilts online at www.AlzQuilts.org. Maximum size is just 9 inches x 12inches. The charity also sells approximately 1,000 quilts at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas each fall (November 3-7).

“My mother was a nurse and recognized her early Alzheimer's symptoms even before we did. Her sister, Mildred Folkerts, had died of Alzheimer's in 1988. We all hoped and prayed that she was wrong, but we lost her to this dreadful disease in 2001. Both Mother and Aunt Mildred were quilters and I know they would be so proud of the work we are all doing to find a cure,’ said Phillips.

"Purple Cone Flower" will be offered in the AAQI's December 1-10 online auction. A high resolution image of the 8.5 inch x 10.5 inch quilt can be found at http://www.alzquilts.org/6000thquilt.html.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (www.AlzQuilts.org) is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research art. It auctions and sells donated quilts through the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt project. The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative has raised more than $421,000 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), ami@alzquilt.org or www.alzquilts.org.

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Contact:
Ami Simms
Founder and Executive Director
Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
1200 Creekwood Trail
Burton, MI 48509
(810) 637-5586
www.alzquilts.org

The images below are available for publication IF they include attribution:
                       Artist: Marge Phillips
                       Name of Quilt: Purple Cone Flower
                       Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, www.AlzQuilts.org

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