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World Champion Quilt Challenge: Eight Go Head-to-Head to Fight Alzheimer’s

Posted May 06 2010 10:37am


By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (www.AlzQuilts.org) 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 national tour of quilts about Alzheimer's.


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

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 renown 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 Sorenson, 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 www.AlzQuilts.org 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 World Series 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.

Additionally, fans can root for their favorite players now at www.AlzQuilts.org/wsqc.html. Rooting for a particular player is done by making a $1.00 donation. This is not a bid on their quilt. It has no impact on the auction outcome whatsoever. It is just a fun way to make a donation to the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative as you cheer on your favorite players. However, the money collected will be counted with the total dollar amount raised by each player and their league.

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (www.AlzQuilts.org) 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), ami@alzquilt.org or www.alzquilts.org.

High resolution images of the World Series Quilt Challenge players are available for download at: http://www.AlzQuilts.org/worldseries.html.

Contact Ami Simms, Founder and Executive Director
Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative
1200 Creekwood Trail
Burton, MI 48509
810.637.5586
ami@alzquilts.org
www.alzquilts.org

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Bob DeMarco is the editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. Bob has written more than 1,400 articles with more than 9,000 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.


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