Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative Celebrates 7,000th Donated Quilt

Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative Celebrates 7,000th Donated Quilt
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(Burton, MI)-- May 17, 2011 -- The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) raises money for research with monthly online auctions and year-round sales of donated quilts.

Alex Terry of Flagstaff, Arizona, has donated the 7,000th quilt to the charity. The quilt titled “The Sun” is dedicated to her grandfather “who has always been a bright and shining force in my life and who now suffers from Alzheimer's,” according to Terry.

More than one thousand quilts have been donated in the last six months to the AAQI in support of its mission to raise awareness and fund research.

Quilt #7000 will be featured in the July 1st online auction: http://www.bit.ly/AAQI-Auction

The yellow and orange sun shaped quilt was inspired by Aesop's fable about the Sun and the North Wind in which they compete to get a traveler to remove his cloak. The North Wind blows and blows, but the traveler only clutches his cloak tighter. The Sun shines gently and the traveler removes his cloak. The moral: persuasion is better than force.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (www.AlzQuilts.org) is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. It auctions and sells donated quilts through the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt Project and sponsors a nationally touring exhibition of quilts about Alzheimer's called Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope. The AAQI has raised more than $520,000 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@alzquilts.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

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                 Artist: Alex Terry
                 Name of Quilt: The Sun
                 Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, www.AlzQuilts.org

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