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El Dorado Hills, CA, November 1, 2012

ART OF CIGARS & LOCAL PUBLISHER SAVAS BEATIE PARTNER WITH NICK POPADITCH, “THE CIGAR MARINE,” TO LAUNCH A SPECIAL LINE OF CIGARS

Partial proceeds benefit Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

Savas Beatie LLC and Art of Cigars have partnered with best-selling author (Once a Marine) and speaker Nick “Gunny Pop” Popaditch— “The Cigar Marine”—to launch a line of cigars with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

In recognition of the Marine Corps Birthday and Veteran’s Day, the cigar line will be launched at a special event held Nov. 10, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. at Art of Cigars (2222 Francisco Drive, Suite 470, El Dorado Hills, Calif.). Popaditch was immortalized as “The Cigar Marine” when an AP photographer captured him with a cigar on his battle tank just before Saddam’s iconic statue was pulled down in Firdos Square in 2003. The first two premium hand-rolled cigars released under “The Cigar Marine” line are “The Gunny” (a double-wrapped Torpedo) and “The Tanker” (a mild spiced-rum Corona). The cigars will be designed and distributed by Art of Cigars, in cooperation with Popaditch’s publisher Savas Beatie LLC

“Art of Cigars is pleased to partner with Gunny Pop and the Savas Beatie team to develop 'The Cigar Marine' line of fine hand-rolled cigars. Gunny is the definition of an American hero, and we are truly honored to participate in a project that will raise significant funds to support the amazing mission of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund,” said Eric Stanion, owner of Art of Cigars. Managing Director Theodore Savas, of Savas Beatie, agreed. “Nick is the epitome of a Marine, and was himself severely wounded in combat,” explained Savas. “The Semper Fi Fund helps the wounded and their families. This is a win-win for everyone.”

The event is free and open to the public. A special VIP event will be held prior to the main event for those who purchase a signed humidor and cigar bundle. Visit http://thecigarmarine.eventbrite.com for more details and to register. Popaditch is the Grand Marshal for the City of Sacramento Veteran’s Day Parade on Nov. 11, 2012.

ABOUT ART OF CIGARS

Art of Cigars is a unique & friendly cigar lounge and cool place to hang out. Art of Cigars offers their own line of premium hand-rolled cigars as well as select cigar brands. They are proud to carry cigars and gifts and accessories for the cigar aficionado.

ABOUT SAVAS BEATIE LLC

Savas Beatie LLC is an El Dorado Hills-based book publishing company established in 2004. The company has published more than 100 military, general history, and sports history titles, many of which have won awards and been selected by national book clubs, including the title by Nick Popaditch (with Mike Steere), Once a Marine: An Iraq War Tank Commander's Inspirational Memoir of Combat, Courage, and Recovery (2008).

ABOUT SEMPER FI FUND

The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

RELATED LINKS

Cigar Event Registration

Once a Marine website







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