President Carter comes to Coronado

CORONADO, Calif. — Former President Jimmy Carter and wife Rosalynn are in Coronado today for the start of the Carter Center’s annual “Winter Weekend.”

The five-day event at the Hotel del Coronado includes auctions of memorabilia and crafts to raise funds for the center, the Carters’ charitable foundation. The Carter Center says it works to advance the causes of peace and health worldwide, in partnership with Emory University.

Since the retreat began in 1992, it has raised about $17 million for the nonprofit.

Among the items up for auction this year are a newspaper political cartoon from the 1976 presidential primary campaign, memorabilia from that year’s general election campaign, a 1979 photograph of Rosalynn Carter testifying before Congress — just the second first lady to do so at the time, items from the submarine USS Jimmy Carter, and vacations.

Attendees pay about $3,500 to mingle with the Carters and learn about Carter Center programs from staffers.

“For Rosalynn and me, Winter Weekend is a great time to enjoy several days with people who share our interest in global peace and health through the work of the Carter Center,” the 88-year-old ex-president said.

A reception is scheduled each evening at 6 p.m.