Tiny Quilts Raise Big Money to Fight Alzheimer's

Tiny Quilts Raise Big Money to Fight Alzheimer's

(Burton, MI) November 7, 2012: The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) raised $75,000 selling small format art quilts at International Quilt Festival (IQF) in Houston, Texas, October 31 through November 4, 2012.

Volunteers sold 1,597 Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts (mini quilts measuring 9" x 12" or less) breaking all previous sales records for the all-volunteer nonprofit.

This was the seventh year the AAQI was invited to sell Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts by IQF founder and director Karey Bresenhan. Brooke and John Flynn, from Billings, Montana, have sponsored the AAQI booth in Houston since 2006.

Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts are sold all year long at http://www.alzquilts.org/quiltsforsale.html

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative awarded a $60,000 research grant this year to Temple University and is considering three grant applications from researchers at other institutions at this time. AAQI grants are made possible, in large part, from income generated by selling small quilts made and donated by its supporters. Nearly 12,500 Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts have been donated since the effort began.

The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative is a national, grassroots charity whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. "Alzheimer’s Illustrated: From Heartbreak to Hope," a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's, and the Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts project are two of its programs. The AAQI has raised more than $855,000 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 about 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.


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