COTTLEVILLE, Mo. - MOSAICS Missouri Festival for the Arts recently made both a monetary and child-created quilt donation to Mercy Health Foundation St. Louis. These donations were made as a result of the non-profit art association’s 2015 Festival event, specifically from the MOSAICS Festival’s Children’s Village and the Art for Youth Gallery.
The $420 check and the special quilt were presented by MOSAICS Board President Richard Baum to Howard Schlansky, MD, medical director of pediatrics for Mercy Clinic St. Louis and Joseph Kahn, MD, president of Mercy Kids, at Mercy Kids Mid Rivers in Cottleville.
During the 2015 MOSAICS Festival, Mercy Kids sponsored the Children’s Village area where children had an opportunity to paint a quilt panel about their pet. The top 15 quilt panels were then chosen to be included in the final child-created quilt design/project, designed in collaboration with Jean McMullen, MOSAICS board member, and local quilter Terri Guillickson.
The quilt will be displayed until July 2016 when it will be auctioned at the Benefit for Mercy Kids Dinner and Auction event. Proceeds from the quilt will help fund the McAuley Playground to be constructed behind Mercy Kids Mid Rivers.
The McAuley Playground will be an Unlimited Play Inclusive Playground honoring the life of Sister of Mercy Founder Catherine McAuley -- a place where limitations will be forgotten and differences are celebrated. The playground, to be funded entirely by donations, has reached 64 percent of its goal with a projected construction start mid-2016.