Cigar Aficionado

Dominican Foundation Honoring Carlos Fuente Jr.

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.




"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!" —June 9, 2012 12:38 PM
"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!" —June 9, 2012 12:32 PM
"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." —May 29, 2012 17:38 PM
"Wurd to Christian. JD" —May 27, 2012 04:28 AM
"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!" —May 25, 2012 18:42 PM
"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. " —May 25, 2012 09:47 AM
"Cheers to Carlito and the entire Fuente Family. Bless them from the bottom of my heart for their excellence. JD" —May 24, 2012 21:48 PM
"Cheers to Carlito and the entire Fuente Family. Bless them from the bottom of my heart for their excellence. JD" —May 24, 2012 21:48 PM