ProCigar Festival

ProCigar FestivalThere’s no better way to get up close and personal with the world of Dominican cigars than the ProCigar Festival. This year’s event, which began in the resort town of Casa de Campo and culminated in Santiago de los Caballeros, represented more growth for the organization, with Litto Gómez’s La Flor Dominicana and Jochi Blanco’s Tabacalera Palma participating as full ProCigar members for the first time. Other members include Altadis, General Cigar, Davidoff, MATASA, La Aurora, Corporación Cigar Export, Tabacalera La Alianza, and Ar turo Fuente. After a visit to Tabacalera de Garcia and some R&R in Casa de Campo, participants were transported to Santiago where tours of tobacco farms and cigar factories were followed each night by great dinners, dancing, and live music. If you left the D.R. feeling like you hadn’t smoked, drank, and danced enough, you’ve got issues we just don’t know how to fix. READ MORE HERE.




The People Behind the Cigars We Love

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During the 82nd annual International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers trade show held in Las Vegas in July, we had the opportunity to spend some quality time with the people who make some of the finest cigars in the world.

In the coming weeks, we’ll share with you the conversations that we had with those influential cigar makers, highlighting the passion that they have for their craft and their recommendations for cigar smokers who are looking to develop a discerning palate for quality tobacco. We won’t give away too much here, but what we will say is that from all of those conversations, one thing was made abundantly clear: Cigar making is an art form, one that—in most cases—has been passed down through multiple generations of a family, and one that remains a labor of love for all who excel at it.

This week’s video highlights the people behind the business of luxury cigars and features legends of the craft and newcomers to the trade.
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Helping kids in the Future belongs to Variety Tents who plan today


Thank you for joining us at the 2014 Variety International – the Children’s Charity World Conference to celebrate successes, share ideas and build Variety. We enjoyed seeing everyone live, laugh, and learn together. We lived by experiencing the many charms of Barbados, its rich culture and beautiful people.  We laughed with friends, both old and new. We learned how 2014 will be a year of growth and success from pertinent guest speakers, an in depth grants program session, and relevant breakout sessions. Together at the conference we communicated, cooperated and collaborated to enable every Variety tent that “little extra” to be extraordinary for the children and communities we support.
Special thanks to Variety of Barbados, VI Board, various committees and Mitch Harris for all your outstanding contributions and support to make this conference an affair to remember.
In the next few weeks, you will be receiving a post conference email blast that will remind you of the good, fun and productive days we shared together.  Stay tuned.
In the meantime, please check out the link to view and access the conference presentations. Conference photos and more videos/presentations coming soon.
Conference Presentations Include:
Friday, May 23, 2014
· Powerpoint Presentation/Slides
· Miles Hilton-Barber Presentation11 min Clip
· Innovation Award Presentation (Kiwi Kids Sponsorship Program) by Lorraine Taylor
· Variety International Children’s Fund (Ukraine 3 min video & Moline Property and Future Clinic)
· Young Variety Presentation
· Grants Presentation by Variety of British Columbia, Variety of Illinois and Variety of Texas
*VICF Haiti video coming soon
Saturday, May 24, 2014
· Powerpoint Presentation/Slides
· Stephen Mally’s Presentation
· The Case for Building Direct Programs by Gerise LaSpisa
· Heart Awards Presentations (Variety of Kansas, Variety of Iowa and Variety of New South Wales)
*Text Donation Presentation by Katrina Gremmel – coming soon
Sunday, May 25, 2014
· Powerpoint Presentation/Slides
· Variety Cycle Presentation by Tam Johnston
· Annual General Meeting – Treasurer’s Report by Neil Wykes
See you in Milwaukee!


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.




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