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CIGAR RIGHTS OF AMERICA LAUNCHES NATIONAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
WITH “CRA FREEDOM TOUR 2008” ON AUGUST 19

LOS ANGELES, July 30 – Formed to advance the interests of cigar enthusiasts across the nation, the Cigar Rights of America Freedom Tour 2008 will kick off the organization's national membership drive with a five-state blitz beginning on August 19 in New York City.

Driven by increasing calls from cigar enthusiasts, CRA was formed in early 2008 by a consortium of cigar manufacturers and premium cigar retailers to give cigar enthusiasts a forum to collectively showcase their outrage at continuing legislative and regulatory attacks which deprive them of reasonable opportunities to enjoy premium, handmade cigars . . . even when all alone on a city street!

The Freedom Tour will commence with a blitz of five states in four days, beginning with CRA's Launching Gala Dinner overlooking the Hudson River on Tuesday, August 19 in New York City at Hudson Terrace. The Tour's first leg schedule includes:

August 19: New York City
   
August 20: Minneapolis and Milwaukee

August 21: Chicago

August 22: Orlando

All events include refreshments, musical entertainment and the ticket price includes a one-year Cigar Rights of America membership. Tickets can be purchased at local retailers listed below.

A phalanx of cigar stars will be on hand at each stop to greet cigar enthusiasts and underline the importance of the CRA's mission. Among the legends already committed to attending one or more of the CRA Freedom Tour 2008 kickoff events are:

Avo Uvezian, Avo Cigars
Carlos and Carlito Fuente, Arturo Fuente Cigars
Charlie Torano, Torano Cigars
Christian Eiroa, Camacho Cigars
Eric Newman, Cuesta Rey and Diamond Crown Cigars
Ernesto Perez Carrillo, La Gloria Cubana Cigars
Jonathan Drew, Drew Estate Cigars
Jorge Padron, Padron Cigars
Jose Oliva, Oliva and NUB Cigars
Keith K. Park, Prometheus/God of Fire Cigars
Litto Gomez, La Flor Dominicana Cigars
Nick Perdomo, Tabacelera Perdomo
Peter Baenninger, Davidoff Cigars
Pete Johnson, Tatuaje Cigars
Robert Levin, Ashton Cigars
Rocky Patel, Rocky Patel Cigars
Tim Ozgener, CAO Cigars
 

Each event will be geared to informing cigar enthusiasts of the crucial role they play in balancing the debate between anti-cigar advocates and those who enjoy cigars for pleasure, and asking for their help in recruiting CRA members nationwide.

You can joining Cigar Rights of America via its web site (www.CigarRights.org); news concerning CRA activities and legislative and regulatory issues are covered on the site as well.

Join us in celebrating the formation of Cigar Rights of America. Meet the cigar makers and fellow cigar enthusiasts at CRA Freedom Tour. Let's unite to fight for our freedom and right to enjoy cigars.

 

 
August 19th: CRA Launching Gala, New York City
 
 
When: August 19th (Tuesday), 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    
Where: Hudson Terrace
            621 West 46th Street, New York, NY  10036

Tickets: $300 for Advance Purchase, and $350 at the Event if available.
             300 Advance Tickets are available until they sell out.

Ticket price includes:
  • 1 Year Membership to CRA
  • Finest Cigars and DJ Music
  • Premium Open Bar
  • Hors D'Oeuvre
  • Sumptuous Summer Dinner

Meet the following cigar makers (in alphabetical order of their first names):

Avo Uvezian, Avo Cigars
Carlos and Carlito Fuente, Arturo Fuente Cigars
Charlie Torano, Torano Cigars
Christian Eiroa, Camacho Cigars
Eric Newman, Cuesta Rey and Diamond Crown Cigars
Ernesto Perez Carrillo, La Gloria Cubana Cigars
Jonathan Drew, Drew Estate Cigars
Jorge Padron, Padron Cigars
Jose Oliva, Oliva and NUB Cigars
Keith K. Park, Prometheus/God of Fire Cigars
Litto Gomez, La Flor Dominicana Cigars
Nick Perdomo, Tabacelera Perdomo
Peter Baenninger, Davidoff Cigars
Pete Johnson, Tatuaje Cigars
Robert Levin, Ashton Cigars
Rocky Patel, Rocky Patel Cigars
Tim Ozgener, CAO Cigars
    
Tickets are sold by the below retail tobacconists (in order of zip codes):

 
Santana Tabacalera
481 Franklin Ave.
Nutley, NJ 07110
Tel) 973-667-6688
O.K. Cigars
383 W. Broadway # A
New York, NY 10012
Tel) 212-965-9065
 
The Cigar Inn
1314 First Ave.
New York, NY 10021
Tel) 212-717-7403
 
J. Barbera Tobacconist
990 Franklyn Ave.
Garden City, NY 11530
Tel) 516-284-7806
 
       
Barclay Rex
75 Broad St.
New York, NY 10004
Tel) 212-962-3355
De La Concha America
1390 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
Tel) 212-757-3167
Davidoff on Madison Avenue
535 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10022
Tel) 212-751-9060
Holt's Cigar Company
1522 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pa 19102
Tel) 215-732-8500
 
     
Barclay Rex
70 East 42nd St.
New York, NY 10017
Tel) 212-692-9680
 
Davidoff at Columbus Circle
10 Columbus Circle #S104A
New York, NY 10019
Tel) 212-823-6383
 
Barclay Rex
570 Lexington Ave.
New York, NY 10022
Tel) 212-888-1015
 
Holt's Cigar Company
12270 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Tel) 215-676-3926
 
 

 
August 20th: Minneapolis, Minnesota
 
 
When: August 20th (Wednesday), 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    
Where: Seven Skybar of r.Norman's Restaurant
            700 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN  55403

Tickets: $60 for Advance Purchase, and $75 at the Event if available.

Ticket price includes:
  • 1 Year Membership to CRA
  • Fine Cigars
  • Limited Edition CRA Freedom Tour T-shirt
  • Appetizers and Cash Bar
  • DJ Music

Meet the following cigar makers (in alphabetical order of their first names):

Carlito Fuente, Arturo Fuente Cigars
Christian Eiroa, Camacho Cigars
Jose Oliva, Oliva and NUB Cigars
Keith K. Park, Prometheus/God of Fire Cigars
Nick Perdomo, Tabacelera Perdomo
Paolo Garzaroli, Graycliff Cigars
Rocky Patel, Rocky Patel Cigars
Tim Ozgener, CAO Cigars
   
CRA Freedom Tour Minneapolis is hosted by Cigar Store Alliance of Minnesota and the event tickets are sold by its members listed below (in order of zip codes):

 
Burn Premium Cigar Specialists
409 W. Burnsville Parkway
Burnsville, MN 44337
Tel) 952-808-9259
Perfect Ash
809 Sibley Memorial Hwy
St. Paul, MN 55118
Tel) 651-457-4953
Cigar Jones
17643 Minnetonka Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55391
Tel) 952-475-3131
Sarna's Tobacco Depot
2501 University Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Tel) 612-782-6940
 
   
 
Stogies on Grand
961 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105
Tel) 651-222-8700
Tobacco Grove
8063 Wedgewood Lane
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Tel) 763-494-6688
Golden Leaf
3032 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Tel) 612-824-1867
 
 
   
 
 

 
August 20th: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
 
 
When: August 20th (Wednesday), 4:00 - 8:00 pm
 
Where: Western Lakes Golf Club
            (Exit SS from I-94 West; Left on Oakton)
            W287 N1963 Oakton Road, Pewaukee, WI  53072

Tickets: $45 for Advance Purchase, and $60.00 at the Event if available.
   
Ticket price includes:
  • 1 Year Membership to CRA
  • Fine Cigars
  • Limited Edition CRA Freedom Tour T-shirt
  • Food and Cash Bar
  • Live Music

Meet the following cigar manufacturers:
    
Charlie Torano, Torano Cigars
Eric Newman, Cuesta Rey and Diamond Crown Cigars
Ernesto Perez Carrillo, La Gloria Cubana Cigars
Jonathan Drew, Drew Estate Cigars
Jorge Padron, Padron Cigars
Litto Gomez, La Flor Dominicana Cigars
Peter Baenninger, Davidoff Cigars
Robert Levin, Ashton Cigars
   
CRA Freedom Tour Milwaukeeis hosted by Cigar Store Alliance of Wisconsin and the event tickets are sold by its members listed below (in order of zip codes):

 
Jack's Tobacco & MCS
13640-A W. Capitol Dr.
Brookfield, WI 53005
Tel) 262-783-7473
Andrea's
2401 60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53140
Tel) 262-657-7732

 
Havana Lounge & Cigar
9505 W Greenfield Ave
West Allis, WI 53214
Tel) 414-258-8219
     
Lake Country Cigars
2566 Sun Valley Dr.
Delafield, WI 53018
Tel) 262-646-7530
Nice Ash
327 W. Main St.
Waukesha, WI 53186
Tel) 262-547-9009
Tobacco World
4818 S. 76th Street
Greenfield, WI 53220
Tel) 414-281-1935
     
Metro Cigars
W182N9606 Appleton Avenue#104
Germantown, WI 53022
Tel) 262-255-1996
Uhle's Premium Cigars, Pipes & Tobacco
114 W. Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Tel) 414-273-6665
St. Croix Cigar Co.
525 Second Street
Hudson, WI 54016
Tel) 715-386-4030
     
 

 
August 21st: Chicago, Illinois
     
     

Chicago Event #1

When: August 21st (Thursday), 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Where: Up Down Cigar
            1550 North Wells Street
            Chicago, IL 60610
            Tel) 312-337-8505

Tickets: $40 for Advance Purchase, and $50 at the Event if available.
   
Ticket price includes:

  • 1 Year Membership to CRA
  • Fine Cigars
  • Limited Edition CRA Freedom Tour T-shirt
  • Food and Drinks
  • Live Music

Meet the following cigar manufacturers:
   
Carlito Fuente, Arturo Fuente Cigars
Charlie Torano, Torano Cigars
Christian Eiroa, Camacho Cigars
Jonathan Drew, Drew Estate Cigars
Jose Oliva, Oliva and NUB Cigars
Keith K. Park, Prometheus/God of Fire Cigars
Peter Baenninger, Davidoff Cigars
Robert Levin, Ashton Cigars
   
The tickets for CRA Freedom Tour Chicago Event #1 are sold by the below retail tobacconists (in order of zip codes):

Cigars & More
314 S. Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, IL 60048
Tel) 847-918-9999
Jack Schwartz Importer
141 West Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
Tel) 312-782-7898
   
Iwan Ries & Co.
19 S. Wabash Ave.
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
Tel) 312-372-1306
 
Up Down Cigar
1550 North Wells Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Tel) 312-337-8505

 

Chicago Event #2

When: August 21st (Thursday), 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Where: 8 To 8 Cigar
           302 E. St. Charles Rd.
            Villa Park, IL  60181
            Tel) 630-993-1234

Tickets: $40 for Advance Purchase, and $50 at the Event if available.
   
Ticket price includes:

  • 1 Year Membership to CRA
  • Fine Cigars
  • Limited Edition CRA Freedom Tour T-shirt
  • Food and Drinks
  • DJ Music

Meet the following cigar manufacturers:
   
Eric Newman, Cuesta Rey and Diamond Crown Cigars
Ernesto Perez Carrillo, La Gloria Cubana Cigars
Jorge Padron, Padron Cigars
Litto Gomez, La Flor Dominicana Cigars
Nick Perdomo, Tabacelera Perdomo
Paolo Garzaroli, Graycliff Cigars
Rocky Patel, Rocky Patel Cigars
Tim Ozgener, CAO Cigars
   
The tickets for CRA Freedom Tour Chicago Event #2 are sold by the below retail tobacconists (in order of zip codes):

LaVita Cigars
2015 Dean St. Unit 4
St. Charles, IL 60174
Tel) 630-513-7799
Cubana Cigar
1422 W. 55th Street
Countryside, IL 60525
Tel) 708-482-4545
   
 8 To 8 Cigar
 302 E. St. Charles Rd.
 Villa Park, IL  60181
 Tel) 630-993-1234
 
   

 

 
 

 
August 22nd: Orlando, Florida
 
 
When: August 22nd (Friday), 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
  
Where: Rooftop Lounge at Stirling's Global Gallery,
            Penthouse Floor at The Plaza
           127 S.Orange Ave., Downtown Orlando, Florida
   
Tickets: $75 for Advance Purchase, and $90 at the Event if available.
Ticket sales are limited to 300 guests only. So purchase your tickets early.

Ticket price includes:

  • 1 year Membership to the CRA
  • Meet & Greet With The Industry's Top Cigar Makers
  • Limited Edition CRA Freedom Tour T-shirt & Poster
  • CRA Freedom Tour Cigars
  • Super Premium Open Bar
  • Live Cigar Auction
  • Live Entertainment

Meet the following cigar makers (in alphabetical order of their first names):

Avo Uvezian, Avo Cigars
Carlito Fuente, Arturo Fuente Cigars
Charlie Torano, Torano Cigars
Christian Eiroa, Camacho Cigars
Eric Newman, Cuesta Rey and Diamond Crown Cigars
Ernesto Perez Carrillo, La Gloria Cubana Cigars
Jonathan Drew, Drew Estate Cigars
Jorge Padron, Padron Cigars
Jose Oliva, Oliva and NUB Cigars
Keith K. Park, Prometheus/God of Fire Cigars
Litto Gomez, La Flor Dominicana Cigars
Manuel Quesada, Fonseca Cigars
Nick Perdomo, Tabacelera Perdomo
Paolo Garzaroli, Graycliff Cigars
Peter Baenninger, Davidoff Cigars
Robert Levin, Ashton Cigars
Rocky Patel, Rocky Patel Cigars
Tim Ozgener, CAO Cigars
   
Tickets are sold by the below retail tobacconists (in order of zip codes):

 
Corona Cigar Company & Avo Lounge
1130 Townpark Ave
Lake Mary-Heathrow, FL 32746
Tel) 407-333-3453
Corona Cigar Company & Diamond Crown Lounge
127 South Orange Ave
Downtown Orlando, FL 32801
Tel) 407-404-5344
 
Sosa Family Cigar Co.
1520 E. Buena Vista Dr. #B-20
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Tel) 407-827-0114
     
Cigarz on the Avenue
333 Park Avenue South
Winter Park, FL 32789
Tel) 407-647-2427
Corona Cigar Company & Cigar Bar
7792 W. Sand Lake Rd.
Orlando, FL 32819
Tel) 407-248-1212
 
Tinder Box #416
1547 Town Center Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33803
Tel) 863-802-1800
 
The following spirits will be poured at separate stations during the event with the manufacturers representatives present:
   
Famous Grouse Scotch
Highland Park Single Malt Scotch
The Macallan Single Malt Scotch
Remy Martin Cognac
Cointreau
Don Q Rum
Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Blanton's Bourbon
Eagle Rare Bourbon
Rain Vodka
Van Gogh Vodka
Baluarte Reposado Tequila
 

 




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