For the sixth year in a row, Gurkha Cigars, makers of the world’s finest and most expensive cigars, have partnered with The Eric Trump Foundation to raise money and awareness for children battling life-threatening diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
This year, they offered a special private label cigar specifically for the Eric Trump Foundation that sold at auction for $30,000, following the golf tournament and fundraising gala. The cigar will be blended and produced specifically for the winner of the auction, who will visit Gurkha Headquarters in Tamarac, FL, in the coming months.
“Children’s charities are near and dear to our heart,” said founder Kaizad Hansotia. “There’s nothing more tragic than to be witness to a child’s suffering.”
“Kaizad is dedicated to giving back. He feels for those in need, especially children,” said Bianca Melone, director of marketing. “That’s why, every year we partner with the Eric Trump Foundation to advance the medical and emotional needs of terminally ill children. Annually, we’ve donated auction items upwards of $75,000 and there’s still so much more that we all can do.”
Founded in 2006, The Eric Trump Foundation has donated and pledged nearly $28 million to St. Jude and grown into one of the largest private charities in the country. Through direct personal involvement and financial assistance, they demand that their monetary donations are transformed into real results at St. Jude. By using only Trump-owned and operated facilities, full-time volunteers, donated food/beverage product & pro-bono celebrity performers, The Eric Trump Foundation maintains one of the lowest expense ratios of any charity in the world. The charity also insists that St. Jude receive nearly all of the monies raised each year and nothing is expended on unnecessary overhead and salaries.
Steeped in legend and rich in history, Gurkha Cigars were named after Nepalese warriors whose bravery impressed the British soldiers. The company was purchased by Kaizad Hansotia in 1989 with the intention of giving the cigars as unique gifts to customers of his family’s watch business. As a result, the company has been reborn and become one of the most famous brands of luxury cigars in the world. Having extraordinary quality, premium blends of tobacco and stunning, award-winning packaging, Gurkha now offers 48 distinct brands of cigars with plans to launch an even rarer and more expensive cigar reputed to be infused with an extraordinary cognac and carrying a price tag of $75,000 a box.