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ATLANTA, GA…The Carter Center's annual Winter Weekend auction, held Feb. 22-23, 2013, in San Diego, Calif., raised more than $1.6 million, one of the highest amounts ever raised, to benefit the not-for-profit Center's initiatives to advance peace and health worldwide.
The highest bid item at the fundraiser was a handmade stool by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, which sold for $300,000. More than 150 items were offered for public auction, including original artwork and woodwork by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, an Argo movie poster signed by the cast and President Carter, as well as luxury vacations.
"I want to thank all of our supporters who bought items at Winter Weekend and whose generosity will help improve lives for millions of people around the world," said President Carter. "Together with our partners, we can help some of the world's poorest and most isolated communities build a more hopeful future."
Other top bids in the live auction included:
All winning bids for the auction are available online:
President and Mrs. Carter participate each year in the four-day retreat with friends and supporters — held this year at San Diego's Hotel del Coronado — culminating in an auction to benefit The Carter Center.
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The Carter Center was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide. A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, the Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 70 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy, human rights, and economic opportunity; preventing diseases; improving mental health care; and teaching farmers to increase crop production.
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