The traditional gift for the 75th wedding anniversary are diamonds. But for Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn’s diamond anniversary, another famous couple gave them something different. Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood surprised the Carters with a car.
Former US President, 97, and First Lady, 94, were celebrated at an iconic party at their former high school, now a Carter Museum, in Plains, Georgia, over a weekend of events. The guest list of more than 300 names included former President Bill Clinton, former US Senator Hillary Clinton, US Senator Raphael Warnock, US House representative Nancy Pelosi, civil rights icon Andrew Young and media mogul Ted Turner.
But shortly before the celebration, guests Brooks and Yearwood met privately with a thoughtful, unique gift from the Carters.
The gift – a custom-made 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Convertible – actually arrived before the event. The gift was delivered to the couple’s home in Plains last Wednesday. The Secret Service took it over and hid it in an area of the Carter compound where they wouldn’t see it. The vehicle was originally built the same year the couple got married.
The musicians hired Muffy Bennett, known as the “First Lady” of Collector Cars, to get the car.
“Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter received a 75th wedding anniversary present from our customer. The car we chose was a fully restored 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Cabriolet, made the same year they got married, ”tweeted Bennett. “It was a pleasure to work on Operation Surprise Peanut.”
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter received a 75th wedding anniversary present from our customer. The car we chose was a fully restored 1946 Ford Super Deluxe Cabriolet, manufactured the same year they got married.
Operation Surprise Peanut was a pleasure to work on. pic.twitter.com/ODk2fisDuM
– Muffy Bennett (@MuffyBennett) July 12, 2021
A close friend of the Carters, Jilly Stuckey, said the Carters welcomed the gift.
“Bright eyes and a big smile and… very excited time, but there was so much special [about the day] because the people who were here from all aspects of their lives, “she told People.
Brooks and Yearwood had to leave the party early because Brooks had a concert in Las Vegas that night. Working together with Habitat for Humanity, the couple developed a relationship with the Carters. The Carters began volunteering for the organization in 1984; Brooks and Yearwood have worked with Habitat for more than a decade, starting with helping Katrina Habitat build homes after the Gulf Coast hurricane.