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Winter Weekend Auction Raises $1 Million for Carter Center Peace and Health Programs

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Cancun, Mexico.....A baby cradle of unusual tiger wood handcrafted by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter sold for $300,000 at an auction in Cancun yesterday to benefit the nonprofit Carter Center's initiatives to advance peace and health worldwide. Items in the silent and live auctions combined raised $1,016,478 for the Center.

"I want to thank those who bought items at Winter Weekend and all of the Center's supporters for their generosity," said President Carter. "Their enthusiasm and belief in the work of The Carter Center is making a difference in the lives of people in more than 65 nations."

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2007, The Carter Center advances peace and health worldwide by: preventing and resolving conflicts; observing elections and strengthening democracy; protecting human rights; controlling and preventing unecessary diseases in Latin America and Africa; and fighting the stigma against mental illnesses.

Other top bids in the live auction were:

  • $43,000 for a fly-fishing weekend in the North Georgia mountains with President and Mrs. Carter, guided by Ted Turner.
  • $30,000 for a print of President Carter's paintings of the Japanese Garden at The Carter Center.
  • $26,000 for a photo of five presidents, autographed by each of them.
  • $24,000 for a Manuel Rodriguez flamenco guitar


Based in Atlanta, The Carter Center is a not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization founded by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, in 1982.The Center has helped to improve the lives of millions of people in more than 65 countries.

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