Ric and Debbie Scripps have embodied the Children’s Medical Center mission, "To Make Life Better for Children", through volunteering, board leadership, and philanthropy since 1982.
The hope they bring to Children’s stems from their experience at a pediatric hospital in Minnesota when their youngest son, Andy, was treated in the neonatal intensive care unit. That experience motivated Debbie to volunteer at Children’s when the family moved to Dallas.
Volunteering at Children’s soon became a passion for her, and her dedication to the hospital was cemented when she volunteered at a weeklong camp for patients. She ultimately proclaimed that she would volunteer at the hospital "until I can’t walk anymore."
In 2002, the couple pledged $1 million to the WePromise Campaign for Children’s Medical Center to help support renovation and construction. Their generosity helped establish a dedicated neonatal intensive care unit, fund the purchase of new radiology equipment, and create an endowment fund in support of Child Life.
Mr. and Mrs. Scripps also served as Children’s Medical Center Foundation Board Members. Debbie chaired the Foundation Board and served as the president of The Women’s Auxiliary to Children’s. Ric also served as a trustee on various task force initiatives, including hosting potential physicians and their families when they visited Dallas.
In 2007, Children’s chose the Scripps as recipients of the Distinguished Service to Children’s Award, an award given annually to those whose service to the children of our community and to Children’s sets them apart from their peers.