Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood surprised Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn with a special gift on their anniversary.
On Saturday, July 10, the former President and First Lady were surprised with a meaningful gift from Brooks and Yearwood, ahead of their 75th wedding anniversary celebration.
The Carters were married on July 7, 1946, and to celebrate their milestone anniversary the couple threw a private party for 300 guests in the Plains High School auditorium in their hometown of Plains, GA, where pianist David Osborne was on-site for live entertainment. The star-studded guest list included friends from their time in the White House, Carter Center staff members, Habitat for Humanity representatives and other politicians, including former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary.
“There were people from their church. Nancy Pelosi was here, and the Clintons were here and Ted Turner — who they’ve gone fishing with forever and are close personal friends with,” Jill Stuckey, a close friend of The Carters, told PEOPLE, later adding, “All aspects of their life were covered, so it was just a memory lane.”
Hours before the celebration, Brooks & Yearwood surprised The Carters with the gift of a red convertible that was built in 1946, the same year they wed.
According to PEOPLE, Stuckey told the outlet that the car arrived on Wednesday, July 7, to the former President and first lady’s home around noon, where the Secret Service apparently stored the car in an area of their compound so the couple didn’t see it until Saturday (July 10).
The Carters were “very excited” to receive the car, according to Stuckey/PEOPLE.
“Bright eyes and big smiles and … very excited time, but there was so much special [about the day] because the people that were here from all aspects of their lives,” Stuckey added.