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Former President Carter's Items Sold At Auction
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It was a presidential visit all the way from Georgia to Luzerne County.

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife were in our area Tuesday night for a charity auction to benefit Carter's hometown of Plains, Georgia.

The event was held in Plains Township, Pennsylvania.

"Well the first thing I want to say is, welcome to Plains. I've been saying that all my life," said former president Jimmy Carter.

With those words, and if he hadn't already, former United States President Jimmy Carter won over the packed room at Cook and Cook Auctions.

"Oh I've been waiting for this for weeks, I've had a ticket for a long time," said Richard Yozwiak of Plains Township.

The 39th president traveled from his hometown of Plains, Georgia to Plains Township, Luzerne County for a charity auction to benefit his hometown.

Titled "Plains Helping Plains," proceeds from the event will go to the Plains Better Hometown Program of Plains, Georgia to help with the town's historical preservation.

Auction house owner Larry Cook said he and the former president have been friends for years and most of the 167 items up for bid were donated by the carters themselves.

"Many of them are historically significant and personal items that they donated for the betterment of their hometown," said Cook.

Some of the personal items up for auction included an autographed photo from the couple's wedding day, a canvas bag to hold your Georgia peanuts, an autographed satchel from Habitat for Humanity, and a book co-written by jimmy carter and his wife that the president jokes nearly ruined their marriage.

It's the president's southern sense of humor as much as his sense of giving back that many here say has endeared him to their hearts.

"It's a good feeling, that you know you're helping him to help the people that are so close to him," said Doreen Keeler of Exeter.

For a general idea of just how much some of the items went for, a painting done personally by President Carter went for $1,500, a catered barbeque with the Carters and 20 guests sold for more than $2,800.

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