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Posted: April 8, 2011
Back by popular demand, Cigar Aficionado's 17th Night to Remember resumed its fund-raising efforts for a prostate cancer cure, collecting a record $1.8 million. The event, which had skipped the past two years, did not miss a beat in its traditional glamour, elegant drinking and dining and profusion of fine premium cigars at the renowned Four Seasons restaurant in New York City.
The festivities included an auction dinner with bidding for 12 luxury lots and a briefing by Michael Milken, founder and Chairman of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, on the many advances made in 2010, in part because of money donated at past Nights to Remember. He called it the most productive year ever in the fight against the disease.
Even before the auctioning of the 12 lots began, the dinner kicked off to a momentous start when Pierluigi Tolaini, who owns a Canadian trucking company, donated a check for $1 million to the delight of Shanken and Milken. Tolaini is a former sufferer of the disease who is now cancer-free.
Dinner was then served. The menu comprised Four Season's seafood Risotto paired with M. Chapoutier Hermitage White Chante-Alouette 2006, double sirloin of beef with 2005 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Special Selection and chocolate ganache with Graham 1977 Vintage Port.
Perez-Carrillo donated a special humidor filled with 300 limited-edition smokes that were bought by Jimmy John Liautaud, founder of Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, for $18,000. Liautaud also took the next lot, a bottle of 40-year-old Glenfiddich single-malt Scotch, for $8,000.
The next prize, an evening of food and drink, with 340 cigars, at New York's Club Macanudo, donated by General Cigar Co., proved so popular that two lots were created on the spot at the request of auctioneer Shanken. The private receptions went to attorney Doug Wood and Coulter for $50,000 each.
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