April 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”.
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.