The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to raise awareness and fund research. It holds a monthly online auction through its Priority: Alzheimer’s Quilt project (named because the donated quilts are restricted to 9″ x 12″ to fit into a USPS Priority mail envelope). The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative has raised more than $591,000 since January 2006 and has awarded nine grants to fund research. 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 and her mother had Alzheimer’s.
Eight members (Vivian Helena Aumond-Capone, Maureen Curlewis, Franki Kohler, Heather Lair, Karen Musgrave (organizer), Del Thomas, Laurie Walton and Lynn Woll) of Postmark’d Art donated postcards for AAQI’s June 2011 auction. The sale of the twenty-three donated postcards raised $916. You can see all of the donated postcards by visiting Postmark’d Art’s page on the AAQI website. Laurie Walton’s postcard Measure Up raised the most money when it sold for $85.