Carter Center Weekend Raises More than $1.9 Million

For Immediate Release

ATLANTA — The 2021 Carter Center Weekend raised $1,939,828 in donations and auction sales June 21-26 to support work to wage peace, fight disease, and build hope worldwide. Events included an online auction and Saturday broadcast featuring conversations with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, celebrity messages, updates from staff in Africa and Latin America, and a live auction of select items.

The 117 items in this year’s online auction included fine art, woodworking, and presidential memorabilia. The highest bid was for former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s original oil painting “Wood Duck,” which sold for $1,000,000. A surprise last-minute item — the cowboy hat worn by auctioneer Matt Robbins — brought a winning bid of $300,000.

“We are thankful for every donation and each supporter who spreads the word about the crucial work of The Carter Center,” said CEO Paige Alexander. “Millions of people have been saved from debilitating diseases and have the right to vote in their countries because we have passionate supporters who believe in strengthening human rights for everyone.”  

Other items that drew top bids included:

  • A photo of several U.S. Presidents and First Ladies: $60,000
  • A Martin & Co. guitar autographed by Dave Matthews: $40,000
  • A Paul Reed Smith guitar autographed by Carlos Santana: $38,000
  • A Hawaii vacation: $27,000
  • An autographed photo of five U.S. presidents: $18,400
  • A Martin & Co. guitar autographed by Hootie and the Blowfish: $18,000
  • A trip to France: $17,400

All winning bids and a recording of Saturday night’s broadcast are available here.



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The Carter Center
Waging Peace. Fighting Disease. Building Hope.

A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in over 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; and improving mental health care. The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.