Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative Celebrates 8,000th Donated Quilt

Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative Celebrates 8,000th Donated Quilt

(Burton, Michigan)-- September 21, 2011-The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) has received its 8,000th donated quilt. Intermingled made by Audrey Arno of Tuttle, Oklahoma is part of the charity's Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt project. The 8.5-inch by 11.5-inch quilt features a variety of colorful fabrics arranged in a tangle of rings and dots on a black background. It will be part of the AAQI's October online auction. Auctions are held the first 10 days of every month. All profits fund Alzheimer’s research.

"I was quite surprised at one of my quilts hitting a magic number," said Arno. AAQI supporters were not. Arno, has donated 316 quilts to date, more than any other quilter so far. More remarkable still, her quilts have raised nearly $18,000 for the grassroots charity.

"I am so honored to have made quilt number 8,000 for the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative," said Arno. "This charitable organization is growing so fast with so many more quilters participating as the word spreads, resulting in more and more grants for research. I intend to keep on quilting for a cure for as long as I am able."

Arno isn't alone in her passion to stitch towards a cure. She is one of 130 people to make the $1,000 Promise, a program in which participants pledge to donate as many quilts as it will take to raise $1,000 for the AAQI. This project is an extension of the Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts project, named for making quilts that fund research a priority, and because quilts purchased at auction or from the charity's web page are shipped in USPS priority mail envelopes. The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative has raised more than $591,000 since January 2006. Sixty percent of those funds came from the sale of Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts.

To make a Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt, go to Make a Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt.

To see the list of people making the $1,000 Promise or to join them, go to

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative ( 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 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 $591,000 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), or

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


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