Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative Raising Awareness and Funds in Houston

Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative Raising Awareness and Funds in Houston

Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative Raising Awareness and Funds in Houston

(Burton, Michigan-- August 4, 2008) The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) will bring 1,000 quilts to sell at the International Quilt Festival (IQF) in Houston, Texas (October 30-November 2) to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research. AAQI founder Ami Simms said, "Karey Bresenhan has been tremendously generous in support of our efforts. And we're so tickled that Brooke and John Flynn are making this possible for us."

This is the third year the AAQI has 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 will be available. Last year more than $37,000 was raised for Alzheimer's research in Houston during this four-and-a-half-day event.

John Flynn has donated 14 Priority quilts to the AAQI. He and his wife Brooke are sponsoring the AAQI booth again this year.

“This is our second year of sponsoring the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. We are proud to be associated with these efforts to fund more research into treatments for Alzheimer's. Both our families have been affected by Alzheimer's and its heartbreaking and painful progress. If we can help spare someone and their family from the bewilderment and loss of Alzheimer's, we would be so grateful.

Alzheimer's is a heartless thief, stealing our loved ones' essences right in front of our eyes. Research will help us find ways to stop this thief. We identify closely with our friend, quilt artist and publisher, Ami Simms, who is fighting Alzheimer's on behalf of a loved one right now. Our sponsorship of Ami’s Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative at the International Quilt Festival in Houston is one small way we feel we can help her and others in this fight,” said Brooke Flynn.

The AAQI is also encouraging its supporters to wear Purple Patches (2" x 6") with the name of a person who has/had Alzheimer's as a remembrance to raise awareness during IQF.

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 $187,000 for Alzheimer’s research since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of AAQI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Her mother has 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


Contact: Ami Simms (
Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
1200 Creekwood Trail
Burton, MI 48509
Phone: 810.637.5586

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    "Flower Power"
    by Karen Kay Buckley
    Carlisle, PA
    File Size: 1012 KB

    "Three Gifts"
    by Hollis Chatelain
    Hillsborough, NC
    File Size: 2199 KB

    "All In A Row"
    by Susan Cleveland
    West Concord, MN
    File Size: 1772 KB

    "Cowgirls Rule"
    by Nancy Brenan Daniel
    Tepe, AZ
    File Size: 2083 KB

    "Artifacts Motifs #4 Red Hot"
    by John Flynn
    Billings, MT
    File Size: 1490 KB

    by Judy Mathieson
    Sebastopol, CA
    File Size: 2395 KB