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Into the night with smokes, drinks, and celebration at the Cigar Country Benefit 2016

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Group Cigar Country Benefit

Last Thursday, April 14th, a very cool night in the city took place. On the terrace of the JW Marriott Hotel in Santo Domingo, guests gathered to celebrate the best Dominican Cigar of the Year, the Don Carlos Belicoso by the Tabacalera A. Fuente. The cigar’s great medium bodied flavor was met with praise all around.

Litto Gomez representing Procigar, presented the award to Carlos Fuente for garnering the Best Dominican Cigar 2015 title. It is said that the Belicoso was blended to the personal taste of Fuente Sr. who recently turned 80. To put in words of one of the organizers of the event and owner of Cigar Country Store, Ruben Gonzalez: “It is worthy of the Top Dominican award.” He went on to say the benefit was one of their best events yet. Throughout the night, attendees enjoyed the premium Tabacalera A. Fuente cigars including the Opus X, which is made with 100% Dominican-grown tobacco. This puro features a dark Dominican wrapper and an eventful blend of Dominican long-fillers. It was very much the spirit of the event to celebrate the excellence in domestic products.

Guests Cigar Country Benefit

The Cigar Country Benefit 2016 was a great success, and more than 350 people attended, enjoying the opportunity to mingle with special guests, representatives of major manufacturers of the tobacco industry and the best brands in the country. Mr. James Wally Brewster, ambassador of the USA, was among the guests. The evening’s amiable atmosphere become even warmer with the surprise performance of Jorge Villamizar from Bacilos!

James Brewster at Cigar Country Benefit

All the cigars were carefully paired with wines and cocktails along with some delicious snacks. Pamela Sued and Lorenna Pierre who hosted the swanky event were also the moderators of the evening, and led the raffles and auction of exclusive products. The best contribution of the event was it’s fundraising for the Dream Project. The Dream Project is an organization which improves education in impoverished regions in the Dominican Republic. Aiming to nurture a better country for all children and youth, it seeks to foster equal opportunities for learning and developing children’s full potential through transformative education programs to combat the effects of poverty. More than 200 kids will be sent to their Montessori program! To learn how you can get involved in the Dream Project, see the details below.

Group Photo Cigar Country Benefit

The sponsors who made the event possible were Elever, Pernod Ricard, Alvarez & Sanchez, JW Marriott, Procigar, Cigar Aficionado, Dupuy Barcelo & Company, Hublot, Alpha Sociedad de Valores, The Glenlivet, Lendof & Assoc, and Tabacalera A. Fuente.

Congratulations Tabacalera A. Fuente on such a prestigious recognition!!

The following pictures were taken on Thursday, April 14th at the JW Marriott Hotel in Santo Domingo at the Cigar Country Benefit, and are provided by the Dream Project:

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Where: Boca Chavón Exit, Autopista del Coral

Opening Hours:

  • Monday – Friday, 8am – 7pm
  • Saturday, 8am – 12pm

Contact: Cigar Country, (809) 550-3000 Ext. 35, (849) 214-4000, [email protected]

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About the DREAM Project

The DREAM Projects aims for all children and youth in the Dominican Republic to have equal opportunities to learn and unleash their full potential through transformative education programs that combat the effects of poverty.

The team believes that learning changes lives. Their programs extend from early childhood through young adulthood, empowering at-risk children and youth to create a better future for themselves and their families through high quality education, youth development, and community enrichment.

They ensure successful results through careful analysis, a commitment to learning, and continuous improvement. And their innovative approach effectively addresses local needs and can be replicated throughout high poverty global communities.

For more info please visit

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