Donald “Scribe” Ross’ inspiring artwork can be found all across Children’s Mercy, from waiting rooms to ambulances, and everywhere in between. As the hospital’s resident artist, his colorful artwork brings smiles to patients’ faces and helps make their hospital visits just a little easier.
Scribe has a very special place in his heart for Children’s Mercy, and wanted to share that passion (and compassion!) with other artists in greater Kansas City. It was the perfect way to build the artist community while raising awareness and much-needed funds for our nonprofit hospital that helps so many kids every single day.
The heARTS Social Club was born.
“In the end,” Scribe said, “the money we raise goes to a great place, and new friendships are made all around.”
In August 2014, Scribe and his wife Alisa began hosting a series of monthly sketch sessions for local and regional artists to create custom art pieces using donated heart-shaped wood forms with the intention of auctioning them off to raise funds for Children’s Mercy. The shape of the “heart-work” is in recognition of everyone's motivation to support the project – creating art from the heart.
Their first fundraising event was a huge success, raising more than $10,000 for the Children’s Mercy Guest Services department – a testament to our community’s passion for, and dedication to, the work of Children’s Mercy.
For Scribe, the heARTS Social Club and the wildly successful fundraiser mirror the devotion he has to the hospital – a whole-hearted desire to share Children’s Mercy with others while making it the best place possible for patients.