News: Smoke A JJ for JJ Recap

If you are a regular reader of this website you will recall that last week we had a fundraiser in the memory of the Little Robusto which was the affectionate nickname for the son of Jerry Cruz from stogiereview. The Little Robusto passed away at 3.5 months old due to SIDS. For the last 3 years Jerry has organized “Smoke a JJ for JJ” and this year we decided to add to the movement by offering $20.00 with a $500.00 cap if you sent in a picture of yourself smoking a JJ from My Father Cigars.

At this point various people jumped on board. The guys at Toasted Foot jumped on board with an offer to donate half of what we raises themselves. On Twitter @CigarsThomas joined the cause offering the same deal. Well the members of the cigar community joined the cause and we received 78 pictures. So the total raised between the 3 of us is $1000.00. At IPCPR we will be presenting Jerry Cruz with checks at the 2nd annual Twitter BOTL Cocktail Hour from the 3 of us. If you would like to add to the cause send me an email and I will tell you how to submit a check for me to deliver at the event.

But it doesn’t stop there. July 22nd, 2010 at Empire Cigars in Raleigh, North Caroline the Pepin family was hosting a cigar event. At this event Senor Pepin himself handed out Series JJ cigars to those in attendance and Sales Manager Jose Ortega sent these pictures to be included in the fundraiser. The fact that this reached the Pepin family blew my mind and shows you how we as a cigar family can pull together for a great cause. So the Pepin family I thank you very much for your support and I look forward to seeing you at IPCPR.





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  • http://www.thetabaccophile.com thetobaccophile

    This was an awesome thing, and I’m glad to have been a small part of it. Thanks to all the folks who donated! I’ll be making the JJ4JJ event an annual event.

  • http://cigarfriendly.us Stephen Boyajian

    This was truly amazing. Barry you did a great job, ToastedFoot and CigarsThomas are standup and this was a great rally for the Cruz family.

    Great job everyone.

  • http://twitter.com/tx_tuff tx_tuff

    Awesome job Barry!!!

  • http://www.casasfumando.com Tony Casas

    Great job the three of you. You did an awesome thing.

  • http://www.casasfumando.com Tony Casas

    PS. Seth looks like he wants to kill someone.

  • http://www.acigarsmoker.com Barry

    Yeah Seth/Shing’s picture replaced the beware of dog sign on my fence… LMAO

  • http://www.directivesocialmedia.com Juan Ulloa

    Cigar people are by far the best around. God bless you JJ and God bless all of you who participated! Next year will be even better!

  • http://www.examiner.com/x-17216-Tampa-Cigar-Examiner Tom Ufer

    I was happy to see the many familiar faces of the people who participated. Thank you Barry Stein, Toasted Foot and CigarThomas for the very generous contributions.

  • http://www.casasfumando.com Tony Casas

    haha! Paul’s always pissed at something. Capt’n stabby.

  • http://www.stogiereview.com Jerry @ Stogie Review

    Wow…I don’t even know how to begin to thank Barry, Toasted Foot and Cigar Thomas. You guys are truly amazing.

    Thank you to everyone who participated. It is very comforting to know that so many people are keeping my little robusto’s spirit alive.

    From the bottom of my heart, thank you…when I see all the people smoking a JJ4JJ made me forget that I was hurting. Thank you and God bless.

  • CigarsThomas

    This was an awesome gesture on Barry’s fault

  • http://www.nicetightash.com Ben Lee

    Very, very cool Barry.

    PS – DAYUM, I have a fat head!

  • http://www.fireupthatcigar.com Adam

    Simply amazing, WOW. This is the cigar community at its absolute best. I salute all of you who have shown your solidarity and generosity in this difficult time. The term BOTL has more meaning because of all of you.

  • http://havacigar.blogspot.com/ Chief Hava

    Nice. Love the mug shots. Only a few look like they could be wanted by the FBI or Interpol eg. David Hall (@thecigarnut)….I worry about tha guy. =)

  • Eric

    Great stuff, thanks for organizing! Glad I was able to take part and help raise some funds!

  • doc8466

    Same here bro! And note Barry titled the pic “doc_sgt_Slaughter” LMFAO!

  • JoshK

    Very nice Barry. Great of you, CT & TF for sponsoring. Also great to see the Garcias take up the cause. I’m proud to be part of such a caring crowd of good looking guys & gals :)

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