The Association of Cigar Producers of the Dominican Republic PROCIGAR, delivered donations to non-profit organizations in Santiago as part of its charitable programs in support of the community.
The donations were granted to two entities of Santiago receiving a total of RD$3,000,000.00. Both work in favor of social programs with vulnerable groups.
The charitable entities favored with the contributions were the Hospicio San Vicente de Paul, a center that offers specialized attention to the elderly and the Voluntariado Jesús con los Niños, a foundation in favor of the improvement of children’s health.
Hendrik Kelner, president of the institution at the time of the delivery expressed the importance of this solidarity donation, which aims to improve the quality of life of those in need through the social work of these important entities.
He also highlighted the commitment of Procigar’s members with this contribution, thus following up on these noble causes, since due to the situation of COVID-19, the PROCIGAR 2021 Festival was not held and therefore the charity auction from which the funds from the previous donations came from. The beneficiary institutions were represented by Xenia Gell de Alvarez and Tuty de Zouain on behalf of the Jesus with the Children Volunteers; Maritza de Toribio and Sr. Maria Cecilia Sarmiento for the St. Vincent de Paul Hospice, who thanked the solidarity and support in favor of life and human dignity.
At the ceremony held at the headquarters of the Association of Cigar Producers of the Dominican Republic (Procigar), Catherine Llibre and Oriana Veloso, vice-president and executive director of this institution, were also present.
Procigar was founded in 1992 by a group of the Dominican Republic’s most experienced cigar manufacturers with the intention of protecting the reputation and future of this industry, establishing and maintaining only the highest quality standards and preserving the heritage of our land, Cigar Country, exporter of the best premium cigars in the world.
The Dominican Republic has earned the title of Cigar Country by its collective commitment to the highest standards of quality. Its numerous blends showcase their individual styles through unique nuances of flavor and aroma.