This past weekend was the 3rd Annual Toronto Herf. This has been a fantastic opportunity to get together for some great food, great fun, reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. The cigars were an added bonus. Over 60 BOTLs/SOTLs from Toronto, New York, Montreal, Mississauga, Vaughan, and Baltimore got togetherfor a day of fun, laughter and friendship.
Every year, our goal is to raise money for the Nicaraguan Children’s Feeding Mission. The goal of the program is to feed under privledged children in rural Nicaragua. There is nothing that warms your heart more than seeing a young child smile.
A fellow BOTL shared with us how our contributions make an impact. Last year, the Toronto Herf raised over $2,000 for the organization and our goal was to increase the amount this year.
A number of great BOTLs as well as cigar vendors donated a variety of items for our silent auction and live auction.
Bidding was fast and furious right until the end of the silent auction. People waited with baited breath and cigar in hand for the winners to be announced….
A great BOTL also donated his time to take cigar portraits of everyone. Some excellent shots came out of it.
The dinner was delicious. A full Cuban Festival Fare Banquet spread, including a roasted pig!!!
We took the opportunity to recognize the owner of the Mambo Lounge with a gigantic Stinky Ashtray that was signed by all the Herf attendees as well as gifted him a variety of cigars.
There was also a ‘Cheep and Cheerful’ and ‘Premium’ Cigar raffle. People had the opportunity to either donate a cigar and receive a raffle ticket or purchase raffle tickets. We had a couple of very happy winners!!!!
Next up was the silent auction. Bidding was fast and furious. Lots of participation from the Herf attendees. It was your opportunity to pretend like you were on Storage Wars. LOL!!!
Before the auction started, Rob, the founder of the charity got up and spoke a few words, thanking the attendees and telling us how appreciative and impactful our donation was to the children.
To wrap things up, we had the opportunity to tally up all the donations and present it to Rob. Our final total was over $5500.00 raised for the charity. Double the amount from the previous year. Everyone was ecstatic about the final total. Well done everyone!!! What a great evening!!!! Rob took the opportunity to say a few words of thanks on behalf of the charity.
Overall, it was a hell of a day!!!! Filled with fun, food, laughter and friendship. Lots of cigars were smoked and we raised a good amount of money for a wonderful charity. Can’t wait to do it again next year. Thanks to everyone who participated this year. Looking forward to seeing you in 2014 at the 4th Annual Toronto HegaHerf!!