The Elizabeth Carr Memorial Fund (ECMF) raised more than $9,000 for the Johns Hopkins Children's Center at an art show on Sunday at the Severna Park Community Center.
The organization hosted Art from the Heart, which featured 68 pieces of artwork created by children treated at Johns Hopkins. The art was auctioned off and between flat donations and silent auction bids, the show raised $4,585. The Elizabeth Carr Memorial Fund then matched the profits and donated $9,170 to the Child Life Department of the Children’s Center.
“Art from the Heart was a huge success and we are beyond excited with the outcome of our first annual event,” said Hannah Carr.
Carr and her family established the ECMF after Elizabeth passed away from a brain tumor when she was 13. Elizabeth attended the Summit School in Edgewater and was actively involved in art projects.
The work featured included canvases of all sizes, step stools, side tables, a standing coat rack, flowerpots and more. Most of the art had common themes like handprint patterns, quotes, Baltimore Ravens and hearts, which coordinated well with the show’s theme.
Carr said that for the show, the ECMF partnered with The Harbour School’s LEO Club in Annapolis.
“The LEO Club is a volunteer-based student program dedicated to helping the local community,” Carr said. “Harbour School students build ‘Keys to Your Heart Wind Chimes,’ which are made from a beautiful piece of wood, stained and protected with a high quality clear gloss finish. The one-of-a-kind items are made with recycled, old keys.”
The Harbour School donated 10 wind chimes to be included in the auction. Carr said the items were a hit and raised more than $300 aside from all of our other art pieces.
“We are so thankful for their charitable contribution and willingness to help our cause,” Carr said. “We definitely plan on partnering with The Harbour School’s LEO Club in the future.”
Local Girl Scout and Brownie troops also pitched in to help with the auction. They helped with set up and contributed snacks and desserts as well.
“There were a lot of familiar faces at Art from the Heart and we couldn’t have done it all without the support of our family and friends,” Carr said. “A lot of our local artists were able to make an appearance at the event as well. We gave each artist attendee a pin that read, “I am an Art from the Heart Artist,’ with the heart logo in the middle.”
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