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Cigar Dinner in New York to Fight for Cigar Rights

Gregory Mottola
Posted: June 28, 2012

The New York Tobacconists Association will be holding its first annual Stogathon, a fundraising event to benefit the organization’s legislative initiatives in Albany. The cigar dinner will take place Tuesday, July 24 at Water’s Edge Restaurant in Long Island City, New York.

Founded in 2010, the NYTA is an activist organization of New York’s tobacconists formed to battle anti-tobacco taxation and legislation on both the state and local level.

“The Stogathon is the New York Tobacconists Association’s first annual fundraiser,” said NYTA president Ron Melendi. “The purpose of the event is to raise money so that the professional tobacconists can have their voices heard in Albany, that these small businesses are suffering because of excessive taxation and a full-out frontal attack on these businesses.”

Guests of the Stogathon will enjoy a cocktail hour, passed hors d’oeuvres, a sit-down dinner, silent auction and a waterside view of the Manhattan skyline while they puff on premium brands the entire time from Alec Bradley, Camacho, Cusano, Davidoff, Drew Estate, La Aurora, La Flor Dominicana, Nat Sherman, Nestor Miranda, Pepín García, Perdomo, Quesada, Rocky Patel and Tatuaje.

Tickets are $250 per person, though early birds can save $25 per ticket if purchased before June 30.

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Comments   3 comment(s)

Christian June 29, 2012 2:11pm ET

Anything that can lend support to NY Tobacconists is a wonderful thing. Nice move.

Dan Scarlett — Rowland, N.C., U.S.,  —  July 1, 2012 10:27pm ET

It's ironic that you can't smoke in Time Square. An area that has tens of thousands of vehicles spewing carbon monoxide on a continual bssis 24/7. Makes no sense.

Marvin Crenshaw — Looking Glass River, MI, USA,  —  July 3, 2012 9:40pm ET

Tyrany, evil, makes no sense. Mother bloomberg is a petty tyrant who will never stop until he squeezes the very life out of your beautiful city. How many will have to leave or go bankrupt before you people vote him into oblivion? You can not negotiate or compromise with evil. Work to ruin him before he ruins you all.

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