Karen Pence donates paintings for charity auction

Second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceMcCarthy, Ducey speak at Pence fundraiser: report Jill Biden takes starring role at difficult Olympics Pence refused to leave Capitol during riot: book MORE on Tuesday donated two of her paintings to a fundraiser for the charity Tracy's Kids, which provides art therapy programs for young cancer patients.

Pence, lawmakers and other Washingtonians gathered for the Oscar-themed fundraising event at the Regal Theatre at Gallery Place.

One painting of the Pence family's pet bunny is an original watercolor from the upcoming children’s book "Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President." Pence’s daughter Charlotte Pence wrote the story about the family's pet, and the second lady created the illustrations.


“It’s like I’m donating one of my children tonight,” Karen Pence joked about the painting.

The second painting from Pence depicted the U.S. Capitol dome.

Pence is also donating a portion of the book’s proceeds to Tracy’s Kids. Pence, a longtime art therapy supporter, also serves on the organization’s board.

At the event, attendees walked the red carpet and got the chance to screen five Oscar-nominated films, including "Dunkirk," "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," "Lady Bird," "Darkest Hour," and "I, Tonya."

But before the movies, attendees took time to honor two lawmakers.

Pence presented House Majority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseFifth House Republican comes out in support of bipartisan infrastructure bill Democratic leaders racing toward Monday infrastructure vote House GOP to whip against bipartisan infrastructure bill MORE (R-La.) with the Tracy’s Kids Courage Award. The award is given to recipients who exhibit the “strength, dignity and perseverance that cancer patients exhibit every day.”

Scalise was shot last summer during a congressional baseball game practice. He returned to Capitol Hill three months later after beginning his recovery. 

“Steve is a true inspiration to all of us,” Pence said. “[He] showed his resilience and courage with how quickly he resumed his duties in Congress.”

In his speech, Scalise spoke about his eagerness to leave the hospital and return to work. 

“I wanted to get back to the things I love,” Scalise said. “I also wanted to get back to the job I love.”

Sen. Mazie HironoMazie Keiko HironoDemocrats urge Biden to go all in with agenda in limbo 11 senators urge House to pass .5T package before infrastructure bill Dems punch back over GOP holdup of Biden SBA nominee MORE (D-Hawaii) also received the Courage Award. Hirono discovered she had Stage 4 kidney cancer in May, and announced that she was undergoing treatment would continue to serve in the Senate.

Rep. Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul WaldenEx-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Ex-Rep. John Shimkus joins lobbying firm Lobbying world MORE (R-Ore.), the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, also accepted an award on behalf of Ray Baum, the panel's longtime staff director. Baum died earlier this month after a battle with prostate cancer.

Others who donated art included Sens. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinFederal watchdog calls on Congress, Energy Dept. to overhaul nuclear waste storage process Senate advances Biden consumer bureau pick after panel logjam Republicans caught in California's recall trap MORE (D-Calif.), Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesWarren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack Daines to introduce bill awarding Congressional Gold Medal to troops killed in Afghanistan Powell reappointment to Fed chair backed by Yellen: report MORE (R-Mont.), and Angus KingAngus KingNorth Dakota Republican latest House breakthrough COVID-19 case Texas House Republican tests positive for coronavirus in latest breakthrough case Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment MORE (I-Maine).