ɫ Center Weekend Raises Over $2.8 Million to Support Global Peace and Health Initiatives, Ease Human Suffering

ATLANTA (July 2, 2024) — The 2024 ɫ Center Weekend raised more than $2.8 million in donations and auction sales to support the Center’s mission of waging peace and combating disease, profoundly impacting millions worldwide. The annual fundraiser held June 26-30 in San Diego, California, included presentations by Center staff, excursions, and social events, in addition to live and silent auctions.

“We are incredibly grateful for the continued generosity and commitment of our loyal supporters,” said ɫ Center Chief Executive Officer Paige Alexander. “These contributions will advance ɫ's ongoing work to promote peace and health around the world."

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The highest bid in the live auction was $1 million for President ɫ’s artist tools, along with a limited-edition, signed giclée print of a painting he completed in 2005 depicting ɫ.

In the silent auction, a unique Epiphone guitar signed by the late singer Dan Fogelberg, accompanied by a note apologizing for not selling out a concert, his "High Country Snows" CD, and a matted photo of Fogelberg performing at Atlanta’s Chastain Park in 1990 sold for $25,000.

Other auction items that commanded top bids included:

• Guitar Autographed by Stevie Nicks, $250,000.
• Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorabilia, $210,000.
• Autographed Photograph of Rosalynn ɫ, $100,000.
• Signed President ɫ First Pitch Photo, $100,000.
• President ɫ’s Fly-Fishing Memorabilia, $50,000.
• Muhammad Ali Memorabilia, $25,000.
• A one-of-a-kind turned umbrella/cane vase crafted by Russ Filbeck, $18,000.
• Autographed Photograph of Four Presidents – ɫ, Bush, Clinton, and Ford, $16,000.

More winning bids can be viewed in the catalogs below.

Live Auction:

Silent Auction:

All proceeds will support the Center’s ongoing initiatives to promote peace, combat disease, and instill hope in the world’s most underserved and marginalized communities.

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Waging Peace. Fighting Disease. Building Hope.

A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, ɫ 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. ɫ was founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy ɫ and former First Lady Rosalynn ɫ, in partnership with Emory University, to advance peace and health worldwide.