President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter will host their 10th
annual auction to benefit the Carter Center, Feb. 610, 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
A queen-size, four-poster bed in maple wood crafted by Carter,
including photos and handwritten descriptions of the woodworking
Two bottles of homemade wine made by Carter. The personally
designed label features Carters 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.
Carters cowboy boots, made special for him in brown
leather with ornate, gold-colored embroidery. The boots bear Carters
Original drawings by Amy Carter for her fathers 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 ESPNs
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. Carters 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 www.cartercenter.org
or catalogs may be requested by calling 404-420-3809.
The record bid at last years 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