World Series Quilt Challenge: Eight Heavy Hitters Go Head-to Head to Fight Alzheimer’s

(Burton, Michigan)--May 4, 2010-- The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) announces the lineup for the 2010 "World Series Quilt Challenge." Stepping up to the plate to support the AAQI's ongoing battle against Alzheimer's are two dream teams of internationally renowned quiltmakers.

Swinging their "batts" for the American Quilt League are veterans Hollis Chatelain, John Flynn, Becky Goldsmith, and Sue Nickels. (Their quilts raised more than $11,000 for the AAQI in 2009.)

On the roster for the National Quilt League are rookies Caryl Bryer Fallert, Judy Mathieson, Mary Sorensen, and Ricky Tims.

Each player hopes to knock one out of the park with a 16" x 16" quilt in the World Series Quilt Challenge. Quilts will be auctioned at during the first 10 days of November in honor of Alzheimer's Awareness Month. All profits will fund Alzheimer's research. The team whose quilts raise the most money will be declared the Champions. Additionally an MVP award will go the individual player whose quilt earns the most money. Quilts will be available for viewing at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, November 3-7.

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The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative is a national, grassroots effort to raise awareness and fund research. It auctions and sells donated quilts through the Priority: Alzheimer's Quilt project and sponsors a nationally touring exhibit of quilts about Alzheimer's. The AAQI has raised more than $407,000 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 on 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),

High resolution images of the World Series Quilt Challenge players are available below.


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

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American Quilt League

Hollis Chatelain

John Flynn

Becky Goldsmith

Sue Nickels

National Quilt League

Caryl Bryer Fallert

Judy Mathieson

Mary Sorensen

Ricky Tims