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Dominican Foundation Honoring Carlos Fuente Jr.

Andrew Nagy
Posted: May 24, 2012

Carlos Fuente Jr. is known for making some of the world’s best cigars, but tonight, the Dominican Foundation is honoring him for another reason: his charitable work.

The foundation, a nonprofit organization created to promote awareness of the Dominican Republic’s poverty, will honor Fuente with its 2012 Dominican Distinguished Humanitarian Award at a gala event taking place tonight at the Park Café in New York City’s Time Warner Building. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at 6:30 p.m. kick off tonight’s event, with the presentation of the award coming at 8, followed by dinner at 8:30.

In 2001, the Fuente and J. C. Newman cigar families created the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create meaningful change to the communities of the Dominican Republic through education, health care and the development of eco-friendly business ventures.

Cigar Family Charitable Foundation's major project is a 23-acre community complex located in the Bonao tobacco-growing region of the Dominican Republic. Well over 5,000 families enjoy the complex's amenities, which include a school, medical and dental clinic, sports and recreation facilities, and an organic farm and fishery. In addition, the United Nations has praised the complex as a model of corporate social responsibility.

For more on Fuente and his cigarmaking legacy, see the February issue of Cigar Aficionado.

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Comments   8 comment(s)

JONATHAN DREW — NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES,  —  May 24, 2012 9:18pm ET

Cheers to Carlito and the entire Fuente Family. Bless them from the bottom of my heart for their excellence.

JD


JONATHAN DREW — NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES,  —  May 24, 2012 9:18pm ET

Cheers to Carlito and the entire Fuente Family. Bless them from the bottom of my heart for their excellence.

JD


Christian May 25, 2012 9:17am ET

Well deserved for a man who has done some much for the country. Carlito and the Newmans truly know the spirit of what it means to give back. This is a wonderful model for anyone who demonizes cigar smokers as they are a supportive and most generous group. Congratulations.


Kelly Morrison — Roanoke, VA, USA,  —  May 25, 2012 6:12pm ET

Christian's post below so eloquently conveys anything I would have written that I will simply say how excited I am to finally have the opportunity to meet and congratulate Carlito in person tomorrow during his visit to Milan Tobacconists. Two families celebrating 100 years in this wonderful business!


JONATHAN DREW — NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES,  —  May 27, 2012 3:58am ET

Wurd to Christian.
JD


John DiBattista — Westminster, ma, usa,  —  May 29, 2012 5:08pm ET

Met him on a catamaran that was heading over to Cuttyhunk Island off the coast of Martha's
Vineyard back in maybe '98 ? His wife was about to give birth. He gave me an Opus X Double Corona which I still have to this day in my humidor. Nice guy. Very approachable. That he's getting this award does not suprise me at all.


David Simon — Dresher, PA, USA,  —  June 9, 2012 12:02pm ET

To my friend Carlito, what a well-deserved honor to a mot humble and genuine hombre simpatico! What you, your Dad, & Eric and Bobby have accomplished is outstanding. It gives me great pleasure to be a supporter of The Cigar Family Foundation and call you my friend. Enhorabuena!


David Simon — Dresher, PA, USA,  —  June 9, 2012 12:08pm ET

To my friend Carlito. This is a well-deserved honor to a very humble and special person; un buen hombre simpatico! As I sit here smoking one of your Diamond Crown Maximus Number 2, I am reminded of the outstanding job you, your Dad, Eric and Bobby have accomplished. I am proud o be a supporter of The Cigar Family Foundation and call you my friend. Enhorabuena!


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