In November, residents of Simpsonville, Kentucky, and the surrounding areas had the chance to prove who has the best chili recipe and support Operation: Cigars for Warriors when the Siblings of the Leaf held its 1st Annual Chili Cook-Off benefiting Operation: Cigars for Warriors. The event was sponsored by Executive Cigars, LLC and netted almost 200 cigars and monetary donations. Jason Lois, the owner of Executive Cigars said the event was a success, a lot of fun, and plans for a 2015 event are already in the works. “This wasn’t a one time deal,” said Lois. “Everyone had a great time and welcomed the chance to support our troops.”
Earning chili recipe bragging rights for a year and supporting the troops proved to be a great combination. Daniel Williams, a volunteer for Operation: Cigars for Warriors, attended and reported that the event was a success that many hope to replicate it next year. Williams serves as one of the Louisville, KY, area Operation: Cigars for Warriors volunteer event coordinators, serving as the link between the cigar shops where collection of premium cigars takes place and Operation: Cigars For Warriors. The $10 entry fee went to Operation: Cigars For Warriors. “We had several participants in the cook-off and everyone was so generous when it came to supporting the troops,” reported Williams.
The monetary and cigar donations are already on their way to Operation: Cigars for Warriors for distribution. All donations made during November got us that much closer to ensuring that all soldiers serving in designated deployed areas that requested an Operation: Cigars for Warriors cigar care package will have one in time for the holiday season.
Thank you to Siblings of the Leaf, Executive Cigar, and everyone who participated in this successful event.