Quilters Use Social Networking to Stay Connected to Charity Quilt Sales

Quilters Use Social Networking to Stay Connected to Charity Quilt Sales
BURTON, MI-- August 24, 2009- The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) will be "tweeting" sales of Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts from the International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas, (October 15-18, 2009). Followers of "AAQIUpdate" (http://twitter.com/AAQIUpdate) will be able to receive sales updates in real time from the convention floor via Twitter, the free social networking and micro-blogging service.

As soon as a quilt sells, AAQI volunteers will tweet its four-digit number. Anyone with Internet access (computer or mobile phone) can follow the sale. Those without Twitter accounts can read the feed on the AAQI web site's home page. Each quilt offered for sale has it's own web page on the site. These will be updated at regular intervals throughout the day with the amount each quilt raises for the AAQI noted.

"This is our biggest sale event of the year," said founder and executive director, Ami Simms. "We're bringing more than 1,000 quilts to sell and we want to share the excitement of Quilt Festival with our donors who can't be in Houston with us."

This will be the fourth year that the AAQI will sell quilts in Houston. Once again, the Flynn Quilt Frame Company (John and Brooke Flynn, owners) and Karey Bresenhan (director of International Quilt Festival) will sponsor the event. Prices for the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts (maximum size, 9" x 12") range from $25 to $375. The AAQI raised more than $45,000 at last year's event. All profits will fund Alzheimer's research.

The Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilts project was named for the urgent need for research dollars and the hope that quilters across the country would make participation in this project a priority. These small quilts are a perfect fit for the flat rate cardboard priority mailers from the USPS, which the group uses to ship quilts to winning bidders after monthly online auctions.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. In addition to the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt project, the AAQI also sponsors "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece by Piece," a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's) The AAQI has raised more than $305,000 since January 2006. Ami Simms of Flint, Michigan is the founder and executive director of AAQI, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. She is a quilter. 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@alzquilts.org or www.alzquilts.org.


AmiSimms, Founder and Executive Director Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
1200 Creekwood Trail
Burton, MI 48509