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January 28, 2002

Carters host 10th annual benefit auction

Deanna Congileo is director of public information for the Carter Center.


President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter will host their 10th annual auction to benefit the Carter Center, Feb. 6–10, at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado.

“Rosalynn and I always look forward to bringing together many of our Carter Center supporters to discuss how we can make a difference around the world,” Carter said. ”Each year we contribute personal items to the auction and greatly appreciate all bids received. Such generous support makes possible the work of improving the lives of those less privileged.”

The highlight of the long weekend is a live auction on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 9:30 p.m. EST. Included among dozens of auction items are:

• A queen-size, four-poster bed in maple wood crafted by Carter, including photos and handwritten descriptions of the woodworking process.

• Two bottles of homemade wine made by Carter. The personally designed label features Carter’s signature, and the cork has the presidential seal.

• Several autographed photos of former presidents, including a rare photo of President and Mrs. Carter with Elvis Presley, taken in June 1973 and autographed by the Carters; one autographed photo of five presidents (Nixon through George H. W. Bush) with six first ladies (Johnson through Barbara Bush); one autographed photo of five presidents (Nixon through G.H.W. Bush); a limited edition photo of four presidents (Carter, G.H.W. Bush, Clinton and Ford).

• A presidential surfboard with the presidential seal.

• An official major league baseball signed by six-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens.

• A guitar signed by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

• Books signed by Mikhail Gorbachev and Carter.

• Carter’s cowboy boots, made special for him in brown leather with ornate, gold-colored embroidery. The boots bear Carter’s initials.

• Original drawings by Amy Carter for her father’s recently published book, Christmas in Plains, with handwritten commentary by President Carter.

• Several resort packages, such as a weekend in San Francisco; a week on a 153-foot sailboat; a seven-night Club Med vacation for two to Thailand; a seven-night Club Med vacation for two to Tahiti; a one-week stay in Aspen (Colo.); a two-night golf package for two at Callaway Gardens; and an exclusive Kentucky Derby package for two, including tickets for the weekend on Millionaires Row, a VIP tour of the paddock and saddling area and an interview on ESPN’s pre-Derby show.

• A 2002 Saab automobile.

• A 41-inch-tall bronze sculpture, “Firebird,” created by Baroness Von Elleberger especially for the winter weekend.

• A Vern Hartvigson Memory Chest made of wood harvested from President and Mrs. Carter’s land. Hartvigson, the artist, will be in Crested Butte for the winter weekend and can inscribe a personal message to the buyer.

The auction is open nationwide. Auction items are available for view at or catalogs may be requested by calling 404-420-3809.

The record bid at last year’s auction was $310,000 for a photograph of presidents Carter, G.H.W. Bush, Reagan, Ford and Nixon and six first ladies, signed by each of them.

Joining the Carters once again for the ski weekend at Crested Butte will be 10 Atlanta high school students who are members of FutureForce, a leadership program for at-risk teens. Future Force is run by Communities in Schools in partnership with the Department of the Army and the Carter Center.