Commentary: Charity & Cigar Smokers

I am not reviewing a cigar today due to the fact that I have been fighting bronchitis and a really bad allergy induced asthma attack. Add to the fact that I am now on the road down to Washington DC for Little Puff I couldn’t do it last-minute as has become the custom lately. It got me to thinking what to put up today and rather than have the website go without an update I thought I would write about the generous nature of the community.

We as cigar smokers are finding our option to smoke limited on an almost daily basis, and we have become a dying breed. A recent report shows only 14% of residents in New York City smoke and the number of cigar smokers is considerably less than that. Yet, everywhere I turn there seems to be something going on to help charities spearheaded by my fellow brothers and sisters of the leaf.

For example, Charlie who is known as Stogieman on many cigar forums holds yearly event called the Quad State Herf where money is raised for the Wounded Warriors. David Mallow hosts a fundraiser at Barrister Cigars for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes fund. Charlie from organizers Cigars 4 The Troops. When it comes to supporting our armed forces cigar smokers go above and beyond to help those who have protected our freedoms on a daily basis even as our own freedom has dwindled.

The event which I am currently driving 230 miles to attend is “Little Puff”. This night is Draper’s signature fundraiser, an intimate gathering of cigar lovers (limited to 300 people). Proceeds from ticket sales and the auction benefit three local academic scholarships (The Erik Kristensen Memorial Scholarship in honor of a Navy SEAL killed in action; The Pat Krimm Scholarship & The Anne Berman Memorial Scholarship). This year’s newest beneficiary is Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign, a movement of people committed to making sure that no child in America is hungry.

Lastly, but not least is our friend Kathleen Stephenson (@ksteph2262 on twitter), a cancer survivor long before she began enjoy the relaxing social aspects of cigar smoking is doing her part to help those who are afflicted with cancer by taking part in a relay for life in Virgina. When asked, “Why cigar smokers are so generous despite being cast-off by society” Ms. Stephenson responded, “The cigar community is so giving as a whole because it is made up of everyday, real people, who are just trying to live life to its fullest.” To contribute to her relay for life visit her donation page.

In the meantime, I invite my fellow cigar smokers to leave a comment with stories of the generous nature of the community.