FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Quilters Raise 45K in Four and a Half Days
(Burton, Michigan--December 1, 2008) The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) sold 889 mini quilts during International Quilt Festival (IQF) in Houston, Texas (October 30-Novemeber 2, 2008) to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research. AAQI founder Ami Simms said, "Karey Bresenhan has been tremendously generous in support of our efforts."
This was the third year the AAQI was been invited to display and sell Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts (mini quilts measuring 9" x 12" or less) at IQF. Quilts by Karen Kay Buckley, Hollis Chatelain, Susan Cleveland, Nancy Brenan Daniel, John Flynn, Judy Mathieson, Mary Stori, and Jackie Robinson were available. Last year more than $37,000 was raised for Alzheimer's research in Houston during this four-and-a-half-day event. This year $45,845.03 was raised. The AAQI has been invited back and will again have a booth at IQF in 2009 (October 15-18).
John Flynn donated 14 Priority quilts to the AAQI. He and his wife Brooke again sponsored the AAQI booth.
The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece (a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's) and the Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts project are two of its efforts. The AAQI has raised more than $267,000 for Alzheimer’s research since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of the AAQI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity. 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.
Ami Simms, Founder and Executive Director
Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
1200 Creekwood Trail
Burton, MI 48509