2014 Humanitarian Award Honoring Carlos Fuente Jr. and the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation

carlitoApril 29, 2014 22:50 PM - Variety International

The definition of a humanitarian is ‘one who through aid and action saves lives, alleviates suffering, protects human dignity and advances social reforms.’ Every year since 1938 Variety – the Children’s Charity has recognized deserving individuals or companies who embody this definition through our International Humanitarian Award.

Past recipients include Sir Winston Churchill, Dr Albert Schweitzer, J Edgar Hoover, HRH Prince Philip (the Duke of Edinburgh), Bob Hope, Dr Henry Kissinger, Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Sir Edmund Hilary, Buzz Aldrin and many more people who gave back to their community and the world.

Variety – the Children’s Charity is proud and honored to present the 2014 Humanitarian Award to Carlos Fuente Jr and the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation for his wonderful and long term Humanitarian work.

An all-consuming passion for cigars is the unsurpassed characteristic of Carlos Fuente Jr, known as Carlito. Carlos is President of the Fuente Companies, co-founder of the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, and head of the Fuente Family Foundation.

Carlos was a pioneer in establishing the Dominican Republic as a premium tobacco growing location when he bought a farm in the Dominican Republic, now named Chateau de la Fuente.

As a result of Carlos’ work in the Dominican Republic, he came to understand the great need of the people in the region surrounding the Fuente farm, Chateau de la Fuente. In response to that need, Carlos formed the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation in 2004, together with his long time business associates and friends, the Newman family.

The original goal of the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation was to provide an elementary school and clean water to the community around Chateau de la Fuente. However, the Foundation grew beyond all expectations. The Cigar Family Charitable Foundation now consists of a 23 acre campus located next to Chateau de la Fuente. The Foundation fills a wide range of community needs, and supports a K-12 school that provides education to more than 450 students, post-graduation student services, a medical and dental clinic, community health programs, clean water programs, a community kitchen, sports facilities, vocational training programs, small-scale farming activities and local infrastructure projects, such as road and bridge building. The Cigar Family Charitable Foundation has been recognized by the United Nations as a model for charity in the Caribbean. The Fuente and Newman families have always paid 100% of the administrative and fund raising costs of the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, which allows all donated funds to be used for projects directly benefitting the community.

Carlos is equally committed to his extended family at the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation and the children who are helped through the Fuente Family Foundation. Charitable giving is a foundation of Carlos’ life, and it is his honor to support the good work of these organizations. In his own words, “It’s not about cigars…It’s about the people”.

 

Fuente Fuente OpusX Angel’s Share named the Best of the Best winner in Robb Report’s recently released June issue.

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A spicy-sweet smoke that was 101 years in the making...

Established in 1912 in Tampa, Fla., by the late Arturo Fuente Sr., the company that is now called Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia is the world’s largest family-owned cigar business, boasting a portfolio of brands that includes Arturo Fuente, Hemingway, Don Carlos, and Fuente Fuente OpusX. The Fuente company was going to release three new limited-edition cigars in 2012 to mark the 100th anniversary of its founding, but shortly after it announced those plans, a fire in one of its warehouses destroyed 8,000 bales of tobacco that had been aged—some of it for as long as 10 years—for the centennial cigars. The company salvaged enough of the tobacco to produce the cigars, but the fire postponed their release until last year. “Although 2012 was our 100th anniversary, 2013 is year one of our second century,” declared Carlos “Carlito” Fuente Jr., a grandson of the company’s founder.

Of the three new releases, the Fuente Fuente OpusX Angel’s Share—a milder version of the company’s legendary OpusX—is the most outstanding. The cigar takes its name from a term used by whisky distillers: The angels’ share is the amount of the spirit that, cellar masters say, goes to the angels as it evaporates during the barrel-aging process. If the name is intended to suggest that the cigar produces a heavenly smoke, then Angel’s Share is fitting.

When the OpusX debuted in 1995, it was heralded as the first all-Dominican cigar to rival Havana cigars in quality and strength. As with the OpusX, the Fuente company sources the tobaccos for Angel’s Share from the family’s Château de la Fuente farm in the Dominican Republic. But to produce a milder flavor, it has reblended the OpusX filler, and for the wrapper and binder it uses leaves from the center of the plant instead of the top. The wrapper’s smooth, silky texture is balanced by spicy-sweet top notes that intensify as the cigar burns.

The Angel’s Share is available in four sizes—corona gorda, robusto, double corona, and Churchill—and is priced from $13.16 to $17.44.

Fuente Ships Final Destino al Siglo

Destino gradArturo Fuente has shipped the last of the lines it developed to commemorate its 100th anniversary. The Don Arturo Aniversario Destino al Siglo, packaged in book-shaped boxes of 26, is available in three sizes: Pasion ($17.72 each, $460.70 per box), Familias ($16.59 each, $431.44 per box), and Amore ($16.31 each, $424.12 per box). The company's 100th anniversary was last year, but delays resulting from a fire and other issues pushed this final commemorative release back a bit. Different retailers have been receiving different vitolas, so check in with your local tobacconist to find out not only whether the cigars are available, but also which sizes they have in stock.

 

 

 

Arturo Fuente Hand-Crafted Espresso Released

fuentecoffee2Arturo Fuente® has been blending the finest cigars since 1912.
As you would expect, a blend of the best Robusta and Arabica beans would only be appropriate for this dark roast, hand-crafted espresso.

Lovers of the full-flavored Fuente Fuente OpusX® will appreciate the bold full-bodied flavor of this fine indulgence. 10 oz. Ground (283 grams) in a special inner foil bag with freshness valve presented in a special collectible burlap bag.

Ask for A-Fuente Fine Coffee at your favorite Arturo Fuente Cigar Retailer

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Legendary Musician Arturo Sandoval receives two 2013 Latin Grammy Nominations

santivalLos Angeles, CA —  Legendary musician Arturo Sandoval has been nominated for two 2013 Latin Grammy Awards: Album of the Year, Gian Marco’s Versiones (Producer)  and Best Traditional Tropical Album, Un Siglo De Pasión.(Dedicated to the 100 anniversary of the Fuente Family)  The award ceremony will take place on November 21, 2013. Go to www.latingrammy.com/es for more information.

A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz.   Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world.  He has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

He is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, and has been seen by millions at the Oscars performing with Celine Dion, at the Grammy Awards with Justin Timberlake and in his own right as a leader. He also performed at the Billboard Awards with Alicia Keys.

Sandoval has been awarded 9 Grammy Awards, and nominated 19 times; he has also received 6 Billboard Awards and an Emmy Award. The latter for his composing work on the entire underscore of the HBO movie based on his life, “For Love or Country” starring Andy Garcia.  His two latest Grammy award winning albums, “Dear Diz “Everyday I think of you” and Tango “Como Yo Te Siento” are now available worldwide. Soon to be released, is a new book chronicling his relationship with Dizzy Gillespie entitled “The Man Who Saved Me”.

Arturo Sandoval’s versatility can be heard on recordings with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Herman, Woody Shaw, Michel Legrand, Bill Conti, and Stan Getz to Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Rod Stewart and Alicia Keys amongst many others.  He has performed with John Williams with the Boston Pops, and in the Super bowl with Tony Bennett and Patti LaBelle.  

Arturo Sandoval reaches beyond the scope of mere effort.  His struggles while in Cuba and since his defection have given him more energy and strength, urging him to accomplish and surpass his childhood dreams. Filled with a virtuoso capability, he desires nothing more than to share his gift with others who feel the same intense adoration for music as he does. One frequently speaks of Arturo Sandoval’s virtuoso technical ability or his specialty in high notes, but he who has seen him on the piano, lyrically improvising a ballad, or has had the opportunity to enjoy the diversity of his music, through his compositions from the most straight ahead jazz, Latin jazz or classical, knows that Arturo Sandoval is a prominent musician, and one recognizes that Arturo is one of the most brilliant, multifaceted and renowned musicians of our time.  This year Arturo will be receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama.

For more information about Arturo Sandoval go to www.arturosandoval.com or call 818-453-5299

 

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