April 19, 2014

South Carolina Sit Down no. 20!

This is our 10th anniversary of holding this event. With 2 events held each year since the fall of 2004 this is number 20! Of course, the BIG event we hold is in April of each year with the smaller event being held in the fall. The big April event is the one where we hold a raffle to raise money for SisterCare, Inc., a shelter for battered women and their children. This year the raffle was huge with a heavy emphasis on cigars, which was fantastic.

There were 42 total contributing companies including local shops and 4 attending reps.

Attending reps were:
Altadis-Mark Hinson
Cubanacan-Jas Broome (somehow he escaped my photographer)
Drew Estate-Raymond warren
Juanitos Cigaros-Juan Carlos Jimenez

Local shops that contributed:
Tobacco Merchant
Maduro Room
Modern Age Tobacco
Cigar Box

Everyone who donated at least $40 at the door received a complimentary bag of 6 cigars in various combinations from the following companies:

Miura Cigars
Miura maduro churchill and torpedo

Miami Cigar
107 maduro robusto

2012 Cuarenta robusto

General Cigar
La Gloria Cubana Esteli
Punch Rare Corojo Salamone

Dona Flor
Mata Fina robusto

Armando Lapido
Torano Master
Leccia Black White

Famous Smoke Shop
Torano Signature 60
La Gloria Cubana Gilded Age (review)
The Judge by Fuego (review)
Romeo y Julieta House of Montague
Romeo y Julieta House of Capulet

Ortega Cigars
Serie D no. 10 maduro
Serie D no. 12 natural

Lianos dos Palmas
Double maduro robusto
Habano Gordo

Aging Room

Cuban Crafters
Medina 1959 churchill

Rocky Patel
Edge Light

Vegas de Santiago
Chaman Lonsdale
D8 Gordo
VdS original

Here are pics of the day with attending reps and winners of the raffle.

Eric and Casey manned the sign in table.

Jim, Henry, and Stan manned the ticket table.

Yours truly was the MC

The girls of the Montecristo Social Club were on hand.

Juan Carlos Jimenez, owner of Juanitos Cigaros

Mark Hinson, Altadis rep

The raffle tables

This large humidor was donated by Altadis and was auctioned off in a silent auction. The winning bid was $400!

Pictures of attendees

Now, on to the raffle winners!

Espinosa Cigars

Cigars International

Tobacco Merchant

Torano Cigars

Pride Cigars

E. P. Carrillo

Miura Cigars

Cigar Box

C.L.E. Cigars

Global Premium Cigars

SAG Imports

Party Source

Dwight Galloway of SisterCare, Inc. spoke about the organization

Cigars Direct

Graycliff Cigars


Juanitos Cigaros

Cubanacan Cigars

East End Cigars

Maduro Room

Ortega Cigars

Aging Room Cigars

Cuban Crafters

Donation by Sandi Turnipseed

Maduro Room

Top Shelf Cigars

Vegas de Santiago

Vegas de Santiago

Vegas de Santiago

Drew Estate

Drew Estate

Drew Estate

Drew Estate

Drew Estate

Donation by Eric Webster

Donation by Eric Webster

House of Emilio

Lil' Brown Smoke Shop

Altadis humidor; winning bid $400

Cigar Aficionado Big Smoke ticket winner

The day was a great success! Our attendance numbers were down this year but it may have been because it was Easter weekend but we still did very well with money raised for SisterCare, Inc. The total money raised was $6325 with 110 people attending. 

The big event is  held every year the weekend after The Masters golf tournament. Next year will be no different. Make plans now to attend S.C. Sit Down number 22 on Saturday, April 18th, 2015.  See you then!

For those hard core cigar lovers the smaller event, S.C. Sit Down no. 21, will be held Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at Hemingways Saloon.

Here is a nice letter I received from SisterCare regarding our donation.

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