By Gitzel Puente. CREATED Nov 15, 2013
INDIAN WELLS - Over 1,000 items that belonged to former U.S. President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford will go to the highest bidder in Indian Wells on Saturday, and all the funds raised will go to three local organizations, including St. Margaret's Episcopal Church.
"I'm really excited about it. It's an honor because they were very close to the parish, the people there. They're fondly remembered there," said Reverend Lane Hensley from St. Margaret's.
The other two organizations that will receive part of the money raised are the Betty Ford Center and the Boys and Girls Club of the Coachella Valley.
The couple moved to Rancho Mirage after President Ford's presidency in 1977 and lived there for more than 30 years. During that time, they made countless donations to charity.
The Ford children want to continue their parents' legacy and fulfill one of their parents' last wishes to give to the Coachella Valley.
Some of the valuables auctioned include a House of Representatives trunk they used to travel with, some of President Ford's golf clubs, a Russian Faberge-styled egg that President Clinton gave to Betty Ford, books, furniture and clothing.
"There's going to be something for everybody. There's something that's very accessible, very affordable and then there are really high-end items that we've got here," said Rev. Hensley.
The public auction will take place at the Esmeralda Renaissance Resort and Spa in Indian Wells from 9 to 3 p.m. The cost is $5 at the door.