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Auction to sell President Ford’s stuff

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BEAVER CREEK ” Imagine owning President Ford’s golf clubs, his skis, the President and Mrs. Ford’s engraved crystal or even their personal American flags. These and thousands of other items from the Fords will be up for auction July 5-7 at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort. Guernsey’s, the New York-based auction house will conduct the event.

Treasures from the President’s years in the White House and his life in Beaver Creek will be sold to benefit the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, the OK Corral Camp and the Eagle River Scholarship Fund.

If one were to visit the Fords’ home, you would have encountered engraved Tiffany and Lalique boxes on the coffee tables, artwork dedicated to the First Family on the walls and shelves of books inscribed to President and Mrs. Ford by accomplished individuals from all over the world. Five hundred auction lots have been assembled for the sale. All are welcome to attend the live auction beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 7. There is a Patron Preview Reception on Thursday, July 5, at 6 p.m. The properties will be open to the public all day on Friday, July 6, starting at noon and many items will also be available to bid on-line on Guernsey’s Web site (www.guernseys.com). Call the OK Corral Camp at 926-2448 for tickets to the preview party.

For more information on the auction, call Guernsey’s at 212-794-2280.

The OK Corral Camp, a work in progress, will be a place where children with life-threatening illnesses can go and just be kids. The camp aspires to be a member of the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps established by Paul Newman. With all expenses paid, children from throughout the West will camp by the Colorado River, a half hour from Eagle Airport. President Ford is an honorary, in memorial, chairman of the OK Corral Camp Board of Directors.

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is the highest botanic garden in the world at an elevation of 8,250 feet. The nationally recognized garden receives 100,000 visitors annually. Founded in 1985 as a non-profit organization, the gardens was named in honor of former First Lady Betty Ford for her contributions to the Vail Valley. Today, the gardens are spread over three acres to include four distinct landscapes; Alpine Rock Garden, Children’s Garden, Mountain Perennial Garden, and Mountain Meditation Garden.

The Eagle River Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $600,000 to students since it was established in 1974. The fund is directed towards providing post-secondary education scholarships to those in need, giving motivated students the opportunity to acquire the skills necessary for success in life. President Ford both privately and through proceeds from the Jerry Ford Celebrity Golf Tournament was a strong supporter of the Eagle River Scholarship Fund, and for many years, he presented the annual awards to the scholarship recipients.


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