J.C. Newman

La Verbena Cigar Festival Ybor City, FL

 

Hosted by Arturo Fuente and J.C. Newman, La Verbena was held at Centennial Park in Ybor City. About 5,000 cigar lovers and their families enjoyed music from radio personality Franco Silva, food, and cigar rolling demonstrations. Children participated in games such as felt Cuban sandwich assembly and dominoes.

The festival also marked the launch of Tampa Mafia Magazine and included exhibits like “Ybor History” (which details the birth of Ybor City’s cigar industry) and “100 Years of Baseball in Tampa.”

 

3rd Annual Havana Nights Miami

 

Presented by The Guayabera Lady Foundation (guayaberaladyfoundation.org), this night of excellent cigars and beautiful guayaberas raised funds to support the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation (cf-cf.org), helping the poor communities of the Dominican Republic. Hosted by the “World Renowned Guayabera Lady,” Berta R. Bravo, guests were transported to a 50s-era Havana night full of Cuban flavor. The evening included Bacardi cocktails, live music by Jenny Love, and (most importantly) cigars from Arturo Fuente and J.C. Newman. Black and red were the colors for the evening to honor the late Carlos O. Suarez, and a balloon release ceremony was held at midnight in his memory.