Richmond, VA— General Cigar today donated $20,000 to Ducks Unlimited (DU) on behalf of the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR). The donation will support DU’s habitat restoration efforts along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
“The city of New Orleans and the Gulf region have been gracious hosts to the IPCPR, and we felt it was important to assist the region in its time of need,” commented Debo Mukherjee, vice president of marketing for General Cigar. “We chose to represent the premium cigar category by contributing to Ducks Unlimited because we value their long-term commitment to helping restore coastal marshes in the Gulf Coast, and because we are particularly pleased with their response to the oil spill.”
“The IPCPR and General Cigar’s generous donation will help us to continue our habitat restoration efforts in Gulf Coast marshes,” Philip Milburn, director of marketing and corporate relations at DU, said. “This is an endeavor that we have been committed to for more than 20 years. General Cigar’s support will go a long way in helping to fund programs critical to the restoration, enhancement and protection of the Gulf Coast’s remaining coastal wetlands.”
As the fall waterfowl migrations approach, millions of ducks, geese and other migratory birds will head toward the Gulf Coast. In some years, as many as 13 million ducks and 1.5 million geese have wintered in the Gulf Coast region. Despite conservation efforts by Ducks Unlimited and its partners, this region continues to lose an area about the size of one football field every 30 minutes. Louisiana alone has already lost more than 1 million acres of coastal wetlands.
General Cigar’s commitment to supporting coastal marsh restoration stems from its comprehensive corporate citizenship program which is underwritten solely by the company. Since 1992, General Cigar has actively provided agricultural and environmental support in the Dominican Republic and Honduras, where the company handcrafts its premium cigars.
NOTE TO NEW ORLEANS MEDIA:
- Executives from General Cigar will make a formal check presentation to representatives of Ducks Unlimited on Tuesday, August 10 at 9:15 PM, at Generations Hall (310 Andrew Higgins Drive) in New Orleans.
- Representatives of both companies will be available for interviews in New Orleans on Thursday, August 12.
About General Cigar
General Cigar Co. Inc., a subsidiary of Swedish Match, manufactures and markets handcrafted cigars for the premium market. Passionate about delivering cigars of the finest quality, General Cigar produces Macanudo®, Partagas®, Cohiba®, Punch, Excalibur®, Hoyo de Monterrey®, La Gloria Cubana® and several other industry-leading brands, which are sold through tobacconists nationwide. In addition, the company grows its own proprietary Connecticut Shade wrapper tobacco, as well as natural and candela wrapper in the Dominican Republic. General Cigar also operates Club Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City. For more information, please visit www.cigarworld.com
About Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited is the world’s leader in wetlands and waterfowl conservation. Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 12 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow, and forever. To learn more visit www.ducks.org.
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