Karen Pence donates paintings for charity auction

Second lady Karen PenceKaren Sue PenceThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by the Counter Extremism Project — Election Day edition | Sights, sounds at the polls | Guide to election night | What to watch for | Dems optimistic about House, GOP about Senate | Vote to offer verdict on Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Judgment Day: New data suggest big Dem gains in House, governors’ races The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by the Counter Extremism Project — One day to midterms | Obama, Trump face off | High turnout raises Dem hopes 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 ScaliseOn The Money: Waters will soon wield gavel in feud with White House | McHenry announces bid for Financial Services ranking member | Fed keeps rates steady in November Republican McHenry announces bid for Financial Services ranking member McMorris Rodgers won't run for GOP leadership 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 HironoVictimhood culture and traditional justice are on a collision course Hirono coasts to reelection in Hawaii Senate race It’s time to recognize the service of Chinese-American WWII veterans with Congressional Gold Medal 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 WaldenDems to ramp up oversight of Trump tech regulators Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump insists GOP will 'totally' protect people with pre-existing conditions | Landmark opioid bill signed into law | Report finds agencies blindsided by 'zero tolerance' policy Vulnerable Republicans throw ‘Hail Mary’ on pre-existing conditions 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 FeinsteinHow Republicans are likely to handle Democrat-led investigations  Feinstein: Acting AG must pledge to Senate he won't interfere with Mueller Kavanaugh report shows why the presumption of innocence is key MORE (D-Calif.), Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesTester fights for survival at home Trump planning fourth visit to Montana to battle Tester Trump administration could use military bases to export coal, gas MORE (R-Mont.), and Angus KingAngus Stanley KingGOP nerves on edge after Sinema takes lead over McSally Collusion judgment looms for key Senate panel People have forgotten 'facade' of independent politicians, says GOP strategist MORE (I-Maine).