It was Cigar Aficionado's 14th annual Night to Remember, an evening of fine dining, stellar wines and the greatest cigars of the year. The dinner, featuring a charity auction conducted by host Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Cigar Aficionado magazine, raised more than $1.4 million for the Prostate Cancer Foundation, which hopes to eradicate the disease, a major killer of men.
|Rush Limbaugh shows his affection for cigars, as well as for the show "24."|
The "Sopranos" stars sat at a large, rectangular table by the bubbling waters of the Four Seasons Restaurant pool room, where dinner was served. The cast members in attendance included series star James Gandolfini, who plays Tony Soprano; Dominic Chianese, the actor who portrays Tony's uncle (and recent adversary) Junior; Steve Van Zandt, who first gained fame playing guitar with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and is now known as the consigliere Silvio Dante; Tony Sirico, a.k.a. Paulie Walnuts; Vince Curatola; John Ventimiglia and others. The TV mobsters came with Tim Ozgener of C.A.O. Cigars, and a cherry red box of C.A.O. The SopranosSM Edition cigars adorned each table.
|Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Cigar Aficionado (right) with Michael Milken.|
|Members of "The Sopranos" cast ham it up with the makers of C.A.O. Cigars, Aylin Ozgener and Tim Ozgener, during the Night to Remember dinner.|
Speakers included former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, a frequent Night to Remember attendee and a former co-host of the dinner, who spoke about his love of cigars and shared tales of going up against one of his former foils, real-life gangster "Fat" Tony Salerno. CNN's Jeff Greenfield gave Giuliani lighthearted political advice that he guaranteed would endear him to cigar-smoking voters--ending the Cuban embargo. If Giuliani were signed in as president, said Greenfield, it would be done with "one hand on the Bible, and one hand clutching a now-legal Romeo and Julieta."
|James Gandolfini, star of "The Sopranos," spoke about the importance of giving to the less fortunate.|
"Fourteen years ago, Rush said to me, 'This is the greatest evening of the year,'" said Shanken from the dais. "'As long as I'm alive, I'll never miss this dinner.'"
|Dominic Chianese, Alden and Emeril Lagasse, and "24" actor Peter Weller.|
|Don and Christina Zacharia enjoy the Night to Remember cocktail hour with Cigar Aficionado's Gordon Mott, far right.|
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