FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2014
Contact: Deanna Congileo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Auction of Original Jimmy Carter Art and Woodwork to Benefit Carter Center
ATLANTA A coffee table crafted by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter from preserved antique oak flooring from his hometown of Plains, Ga., is among more than 150 items to be auctioned June 28, 2014, to benefit the not-for-profit Carter Center. Funds raised will support the Center's work to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope in the world's poorest and most forgotten countries. President and Mrs. Carter will join friends and supporters for the auction and other activities during a four-day recreational retreat June 25-29, 2014, in Vail. Colo.
Last year, the highest bid item was a handmade stool by President Jimmy Carter, which sold for $300,000. The woodworking piece being auctioned June 28 was crafted by President Carter from the flooring removed from buildings in Plains during renovations on Main Street in 2002. The leader of the renovation was Lloyd Troyer, and as a reward for his hard work, President Carter, made this coffee table for Lloyd and his wife, Loretta. The table comes with a booklet of 12 of President Carter's photos of the construction with handwritten notes on the process of making it. President Carter recently refinished the table for auction.
The auction has both live and silent components with bidding accepted via online form or fax (see bidding information below).
Other notable items in this year's live auction catalog include:
Since its inception, Carter Weekend auctions have raised approximately $18 million to support the Center's work to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope in the world's poorest and most forgotten communities.