Celebrity Quilters Fight Alzheimer's

Celebrity Quilters Fight Alzheimer's

(Burton, MI)-- April 30, 2013 -- Nineteen quilting celebrities are donating 15" x 15" wall quilts for an online auction benefiting the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI). The auction will be held November 1-10 during National Alzheimer's Awareness Month. All profits will fund research.

Participating in the Celebrity Invitational Quilt Auction are Charlotte Warr Andersen, Alex Anderson, Karen Kay Buckley, Linda Carlson, Pepper Cory, John Flynn, Diane Gaudynski, Renae Haddadin, Pat Holly, Libby Lehman, Patrick Lose, Marsha McCloskey, Sue Nickels, Barbara Shapel, Virginia & George Siciliano, Mary Sorensen, Ricky Tims, and Laura Wasilowski.

This is the fifth year an elite group of quilters has donated quilts to the AAQI for an online auction in November, National Alzheimer's Awareness Month. Last year's auction raised more than $15,545 for the national charity that sells donated quilts to fund Alzheimer's research. The auction is open to the public.

High resolution images will be available for publication on this page as the quilts become available. The deadline for the artists is August 1st. Please include the name of the artist, the name of the quilt and the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AlzQuilts.org) as attribution.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (www.alzquilts.org) is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research through art. 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 $914,000 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 about the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative or to make a donation, contact Ami Simms at 810-637-5586 (9 a.m. 3 p.m. Eastern), ami@alzquilts.org or www.alzquilts.org.

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