AAQI Receives 4,000th Donated Quilt

Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative Receives 4,000th Donated Quilt

BURTON, MI -- August 11, 2009- The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) has received the 4,000th donation to its “Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt” project. The appliquéd and thread painted, 8 inch by 10 inch quilt called "Caged 2 " was made by Fannie Narte of Little Elm, Texas. Her quilt will be included in the AAQI’s September online auction. Auctions are held the first 10 days of every month at http://www.alzquilts.org/madoqu.html. All profits fund Alzheimer’s research.

Narte is one of seventy-three quiltmakers who have each pledged to raise $1,000 with their donated quilts. She has donated 33 quilts and raised more than $3,000 for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. The $1,000 Promise was conceived by AAQI supporter Joanne Guillemette of Shelburne, Vermont. She, too, has raised more than her $1,000 pledge. This project is an extension of the Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt project, named to for making the search for a cure for Alzheimer's disease a priority, and because quilts are sized using USPS priority mailers. Maximum size is just 9 inches by 12 inches so that each quilt can fit inside a priority mailer without folding. The Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt project has raised more than $177,000 since January 2006.

"Participating in the AAQI's Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt project fits with what I am trying to express through my artwork, that of valuing and honoring friendships and relationships, and understanding the human experience as we journey through life," says Narte. "Alzheimer's is a debilitating disease that robs families and patients of their history and the human experience. I want to help find a cure so people can leave this life knowing who they are, feel grateful for the life they remember living, and be able to express their love to those they are leaving behind. I feel I can do this, one art quilt at a time."

Narte's quilt will be in the September Small Quilt online auction at http://www.alzquilts.org/quiltauction.html beginning September 1st.

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 $298,000 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.

To make a Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt, see http://www.alzquilts.org/madoqu.html To see the list of people making the $1,000 Promise or to join them, go to www.alzquilts.org/1000.html. To see Fannie Narte’s quilts go to http://www.alzquilts.org/narte.html. To bid on a Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt go to http://www.alzquilts.org/madoqu.html

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@alzquilts.org or www.alzquilts.org.

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Contact:
Ami Simms (Ami@AlzQuilts.org)
Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
1200 Creekwood Trail
Burton, MI 48509
Phone: 810.637.5586
www.AlzQuilts.org




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"Caged 2"
by Fannie Narte
Little Elm, TX
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Print Size: 8" x 10"
DPI: 300