It’s great to see the editor and publisher of Cigar Aficionado doing good by creating and hosting fundraisers for charities. A lot of cigar makers put charity on the top of their list and many are helping countries known for growing quality tobacco. Places like Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and Honduras all have been devastated by massive storms and other elements of nature. Charities like the World of Montecristo Relief Organization and Cigar Family Charitable Foundation were established to provide aid to these regions damaged.
The Els for Autism Charity Pro-Am is another fundraiser that has raised a big chunk of money as of late. Els for Autism Charity Pro-Am recently held their fifth annual fundraiser and brought in $892,000 for autism research. The event was held in Palm Beach, Florida where sixty six amateur golfers along with a star-studded group of 22 pro golfers gathered at the Champions Course at the PGA National Resort.
Funds went to build the Center for Excellence, a school and research center in West Palm Beach, Florida, to help kids with autism and to research cures for the disease. Pro-Am was started by Marvin R. Shanken, editor and publisher of Wine Spectator and Cigar Aficionado magazines. Through a variety of Pro-Am fundraisers, the total is up to nearly $4 million.
Among the pros that played the event were the following: Rory Mcllroy, Raymond Floyd, Lee Westwood, Adam Scott, Mark Calcavecchia, Keegan Bradley, Geoff Ogilvy, Justin Hicks, Luke Donald, Tedd Potter Jr., Robert Allenby, Brett Quigley, Nicolas Colsaerts, Branden Grace and Charlie Beljan.
This annual event is a great way to get a group of champions and amateurs together from all walks of life to provide an opportunity to play for a good cause.