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Well, it’s the final day and I’m so sad it’s over. ProCigar is such a wonderful week celebrating all that the industry, specifically Dominican cigars, has to offer. Today, I wanted to do something a little different so I went to the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation. Founded in part by both Carlos Fuente Jr. and Eric Newman, this foundation features a beautiful school where, among all the main subjects, the students are also taught computer skills, dance, music, art, and even karate. Within the next few years, Newman told me the plans are to build a nursing school.

I got to sit down and talk with Eric Newman, of J.C. Newman Cigar Company, for awhile about the foundation, its inception, and what it means to the country; read the full story ci.

After, we went over the the Hemingway House for lunch and cigars, smack dab in the middle of the Fuente fields and tobacco barns. It’s like a scene straight out of a movie, or taken off a postcard. If you ever get the chance to visit, do not miss it. Go!

Later, it was time for the final dinner of ProCigar; the Gala Night. What’s so fun about this night, aside from everyone being dressed to the nines, is the auction that raises money for sick children and low-income seniors. The highest fetching bid this year was $44,000 for a stunning De Los Reyes humidor (see photos below).

Well, that’s all I got for now. I’m absolutely beat but it was my favorite ProCigar yet (though I’ve only been to two). I’ll have more in depth features on the tours later but for now I have a long flight back home.

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Touring the gorgeous Fuente grounds.
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Brian enjoying some coffee in front of the colorful Fuente grounds.
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Colorful birdhouses on the Fuente tour. He really is like the Willy Wonka of cigars.
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Eric Newman shows us around the school
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The kids demonstrate karate for us.
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Just look at those smiling faces.
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This place is a dream.
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The Hemingway House
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Inside the Hemingway house
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Eric Newman and I smoke cigars and talk about the foundation.
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One of the many smoking lounges in the Hemingway House
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Gorgeous…
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I could have sat here and smoked all day.
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The Reyes humidor that sold for $44,000
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Our wonderful pre-dinner entertainment
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The Gala dinner. Love each and every one of these people.

For a recap of last year’s festival, check out this video:

For more, check out our full guide to ProCigar, and be sure to check out our recaps of day one, two, three, and four.


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