Carter Center Weekend Raises Nearly $2.4 Million to Support Global Peace, Health Work

ATLANTA (June 26, 2023) — The 2023 Carter Center Weekend raised $2,392,385 in donations and auction sales to support the Center’s work for peace and health worldwide. The annual fundraiser, held June 21-25 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel and The Carter Center, included live and silent auctions, as well as a town hall with the Center’s senior leadership, presentations by staff, and a variety of events focused on Atlanta history.

"We were thrilled to have so many loyal supporters come to our hometown for Carter Center Weekend for the first time in its 31 years,” said CEO Paige Alexander. "Their generosity will help us improve health, protect human rights, advance democracy, and address mental health around the world."

The biggest-ticket item from the live auction was a portfolio of poetry and artwork on the subject of human rights. It featured works by such luminaries as the Dalai Lama, Maya Angelou, Bob Dylan, Yoko Ono, and Tom Wolfe. It sold for $500,000. A 2013 oil painting of a bald eagle in flight by former President Jimmy Carter sold for $225,000.

Items in the silent auction included a baseball signed by hall of famer Joe DiMaggio, original artwork, and presidential memorabilia. The highest bid from the silent auction was $20,000 for an acoustic guitar signed by singer Don Henley of the Eagles.

Other items that drew top bids included:

• Two copies of a cartoon titled “My Caregiver” by Mike Luckovich, $105,000 each.
• Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter fly-fishing memorabilia, $100,000.
• A guitar autographed by British rock band the Moody Blues, $35,000.
• A limited-edition print of the painting “True Blues” by Andy Thomas, signed by Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, $34,000.
• The Jerome Lawrence painting “Iris Garden,” $31,000.
• A luxurious weeklong stay in Provence, France, with airfare, $26,000.
• Quilt and quilt ladder crafted by Carter grandson Josh Carter and his wife, Sarah Carter, $25,000.
• Photos of the dedication of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, signed by President and Mrs. Carter, $25,000.
• “The Dream Fulfilled” memorabilia, featuring the signatures of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and former President Barack Obama, $25,000.
• Archbishop Desmond Tutu memorabilia, $22,000.

Winning bids can be viewed in the catalogs below.

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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.