Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative Takes Next Step

(BURTON, MI -- February 11, 2008) On January 2, 2008 the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) became a Michigan nonprofit corporation with its own board of directors and website ( January 17, 2008, they applied to the IRS to become tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) is a national, Internet-driven, grassroots, volunteer effort to raise awareness and fund research through art. The AAQI was founded in January 2006 by Ami Simms because her mother has Alzheimer's disease. All profit is donated to Alzheimer's research with more than $157,000 being raised to date.

Ami Simms, Executive Director, said of her board, “We will all learn do to the various jobs required to run a national charity. I wanted people who would take on the challenge with passion. They're on the board because they have first hand knowledge about the devastation of Alzheimer's, they know about quilts and quilters, and these are some of the most intelligent and talented women I've ever met. Their focus is the big picture and that's important, but the AAQI is a national grassroots effort and we couldn't do it without the many talented volunteers who help with the day-to-day activities. These incredible volunteers register the quilts, help update the website, administer the $1,000 Promise, write press releases, purchase quilts, spread the word, and suggest great ideas.”

Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the Executive Director and Curator of the quilt exhibit "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece," maintains the AAQI website, and photographs the quilts. She is responsible for the day-to-day operation. Susan Pain of Houston, Texas is the Secretary. Along with Kathy Kennedy-Dennis also of Houston, she is part of the Houston support team when the AAQI visits the International Quilt Festival. Debbie Chenail of Swartz Creek, Michigan is the Treasurer. She is also the shipping liaison with Mallery Press, Inc. who handles fulfillment for items ordered on this website. Niki Gottesman of Jupiter, Florida is the organization’s researcher. She also uploads quilt information and quilt photographs to the website. Nanette Zeller of Southern Pines, North Carolina is the technical advisor for the website and maintains the online store at Café Press ( Jennie Simms of Kalamazoo, Michigan is the scientific research "consultant."


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