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In 2012, Mathis began what would become an annual tradition, contributing to the Las Vegas chapter of St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital’s Hearts of Las Vegas exhibit. The show included ten large-scale tall heart statues, each one by a Las Vegas artist. The show toured the US, and selected sculptures were chosen to be auctioned off to benefit the hospital.
For Mathis, whose sculptures combine equal measures of grit, innovation and whimsy, the annual exhibition proved an ongoing inspiration. The heart sculpture Mathis created for the 2013 helped to raise over one million dollars for the hospital and will be on permanent display at Las Vegas’ Choice Center University.
Mathis continues to serve on the St. Jude’s Art Advisory Board. Mathis is also a continuing contributor to Las Vegas’ Opportunity Village Charity Fundraising Gala.