Helping kids in the Future belongs to Variety Tents who plan today

Thank you for joining us at the 2014 Variety International – the Children’s Charity World Conference to celebrate successes, share ideas and build Variety. We enjoyed seeing everyone live, laugh, and learn together. We lived by experiencing the many charms of Barbados, its rich culture and beautiful people.  We laughed with friends, both old and new. We learned how 2014 will be a year of growth and success from pertinent guest speakers, an in depth grants program session, and relevant breakout sessions. Together at the conference we communicated, cooperated and collaborated to enable every Variety tent that “little extra” to be extraordinary for the children and communities we support.

Special thanks to Variety of Barbados, VI Board, various committees and Mitch Harris for all your outstanding contributions and support to make this conference an affair to remember.

2014 Humanitarian Award Honoring Carlos Fuente Jr. and the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation

April 29, 2014 22:50 PM – Variety International

The definition of a humanitarian is ‘one who through aid and action saves lives, alleviates suffering, protects human dignity and advances social reforms.’ Every year since 1938 Variety – the Children’s Charity has recognized deserving individuals or companies who embody this definition through our International Humanitarian Award.

Past recipients include Sir Winston Churchill, Dr Albert Schweitzer, J Edgar Hoover, HRH Prince Philip (the Duke of Edinburgh), Bob Hope, Dr Henry Kissinger, Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore, Sir Edmund Hilary, Buzz Aldrin and many more people who gave back to their community and the world.

Variety – the Children’s Charity is proud and honored to present the 2014 Humanitarian Award to Carlos Fuente Jr and the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation for his wonderful and long term Humanitarian work.

An all-consuming passion for cigars is the unsurpassed characteristic of Carlos Fuente Jr, known as Carlito. Carlos is President of the Fuente Companies, co-founder of the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, and head of the Fuente Family Foundation.

Carlos was a pioneer in establishing the Dominican Republic as a premium tobacco growing location when he bought a farm in the Dominican Republic, now named Chateau de la Fuente.

As a result of Carlos’ work in the Dominican Republic, he came to understand the great need of the people in the region surrounding the Fuente farm, Chateau de la Fuente. In response to that need, Carlos formed the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation in 2004, together with his long time business associates and friends, the Newman family.

The original goal of the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation was to provide an elementary school and clean water to the community around Chateau de la Fuente. However, the Foundation grew beyond all expectations. The Cigar Family Charitable Foundation now consists of a 23 acre campus located next to Chateau de la Fuente. The Foundation fills a wide range of community needs, and supports a K-12 school that provides education to more than 450 students, post-graduation student services, a medical and dental clinic, community health programs, clean water programs, a community kitchen, sports facilities, vocational training programs, small-scale farming activities and local infrastructure projects, such as road and bridge building. The Cigar Family Charitable Foundation has been recognized by the United Nations as a model for charity in the Caribbean. The Fuente and Newman families have always paid 100% of the administrative and fund raising costs of the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation, which allows all donated funds to be used for projects directly benefitting the community.

Carlos is equally committed to his extended family at the Cigar Family Charitable Foundation and the children who are helped through the Fuente Family Foundation. Charitable giving is a foundation of Carlos’ life, and it is his honor to support the good work of these organizations. In his own words, “It’s not about cigars…It’s about the people”.