Fly-Fishing Fantasy: Bidder Pays $70k for Trip and Visit with President Jimmy Carter
How much would a fly-fishing trip that includes cocktails, dinner and lunch with President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, be worth?
Oh, around $70,000.
That was the winning bid in a silent auction for a "Fly Fishing Fantasy" weekend at Brigadoon Lodge in the North Georgia mountains Oct. 14-15 (transportation not included).
The annual auction featuring a variety of cool collectibles/trips benefits The Carter Center, an awesome organization doing great things throughout the world.
"Ultimately, the work of The Carter Center is about helping people achieve better opportunities and watching hope take root where it languished before," Jimmy Carter says on the center's site.
The center, which is in a partnership with Emory University, is "guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering; it seeks to prevent and resolve conflicts, enhance freedom and democracy, and improve health."
It also gives people a chance to donate to the cause in a creative way. Like bidding in a silent auction on a fly-fishing trip that includes Carter and his wife making guest appearances.
In all likelihood, the fishing fantasy would have been worth far more had the plan been for Jimmy Carter to actually join the fishermen on the river (up to eight are allowed to come).
Of course, if the bidder and his buds are purists when it comes to fly-fishing, they probably wouldn't want Carter along if he looked like he does in the above photo. Really, Mr. President, tennis shoes and Levi's while fly-fishing?
Oh yes, one word of warning to the winning bidder: Be sure to bring along a paddle to ward off any killer rabbits.
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