Alabama Quiltmaker Raises $5,300 for Alzheimer's Research

Alabama Quiltmaker Raises $5,300 for Alzheimer's Research
(Burton, Michigan -- April 14, 2008) Betty Donahue of Talladega, Alabama made a $1000 Promise to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI). She promised to donate as many mini quilts as it would take to raise $1,000. But this septuagenarian didn't stop there. Donating more than 120 quilts to the AAQI’s auctions, Donahue has raised more than $5,300 for Alzheimer’s research.

"Betty is absolutely amazing," said Kathy Kennedy-Dennis, AAQI board member from Houston, Texas who helps sell Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts at the International Quilt Festival each fall. "We had the privilege of meeting her in 2006 at the Quilt Festival. At that time she had made one quilt for each year of her age plus a few extras. Her quilts show such variety from boa feathers and buttons to exquisite embroidery to intricate paper piecing. As she learns a new technique, she turns her sample of that work into a quilt for Alzheimer's. She is an inspiration to all of us!"

The idea for the $1,000 Promise came from Joanne Guillemette of Shelburne, Vermont, who has raised more than her $1,000 pledge too. This project is an extension of the Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts project where people “make finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease a priority” by creating mini art quilts in any theme with a maximum size of just 9" x 12" (so that it fits a USPS Priority Mailer without folding) So far, fifty-three other quiltmakers have joined Donahue. Collectively they have raised more than $40,000 since January 2006.

Auctions of Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts are held the first 10 days of every month see the website ( ) for details. To see the list of people making the $1,000 Promise or to join them, go to . All profits raised are donated to Alzheimer’s research. Quilters Stitch Together, Jamark Laboratories, and Embellishment Village have all generously donated prizes which are given to everyone who reaches the $1,000 goal.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research for Alzheimer's disease. Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts and the $1,000 Promise are two of its efforts. The AAQI has raised and donated more than $157,000 for Alzheimer's research since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of AAQI and curator of the exhibit. Her mother has Alzheimer's.

For more information on the AAQI, contact Ami Simms at 810-637-5586 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Eastern), or Images of the AAQI logo and traveling exhibit quilts are available for download. High resolution images of Betty Donahue's quilts are available for publication upon request.


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