Cigar Aficionado

Online Charity Auction Features Rare Cigars

Two prominent cigar families are holding an online auction of exclusive cigars to raise money for Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, a group that aids poverty-stricken children of the Dominican Republic.

The Fuente and Newman families helped create the charity in 2001 and expect to raise more than $50,000 through the online auction.

The auction, which began on August 5, is being held at and will end on Sunday. Some of the rare items bidders will see include:

— The very last original release box of AF 13 cigars.

— 1 box of 50 Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 Sungrown cigars, hand-selected by Carlos Fuente Jr., and personalized, dated and signed by both Carlos Sr. and Carlos Jr.

— 1 box of 50 Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 cigars with Carlos Sr.'s Don Carlos "My Way" blend, hand-selected by Carlos Sr.

— 1 box of 25 Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 cigars from 1984.

Cigar Family Charitable Foundation's major project is a 23-acre community complex located in the Bonao tobacco-growing region of the Dominican Republic. Nearly 500 students enjoy the complex's amenities, which include a school, medical and dental clinic, sports and recreation facilities, and an organic farm and fishery.