AAQI Raised Awareness and Funds at International Quilt Festival

AAQI Raised Awareness and Funds at International Quilt Festival


Burton, Michigan)-- November 16 ,2010-- The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) sold 899 mini quilts during International Quilt Festival (IQF) in Houston, Texas (November 3-7, 2010) to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research. This year more than $54,000 was raised, breaking all previous sales records for the all-volunteer nonprofit organization.

This was the fifth year the AAQI was invited to display and sell Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts (mini quilts measuring 9" x 12" or less) by IQF founder and director Karey Bresenhan. Brooke and John Flynn again sponsored its booth.

"Each year the quality of the quilts just keeps getting better and better," said AAQI founder Ami Simms.

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope 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 $421,000 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 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), ami@alzquilt.org or www.alzquilts.org.

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