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The Event

The 23rd Annual Cigar Smoker is on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 from 6:00-9:30 PM at the Fort Worth Club.

The Annual Cigar Smoker is The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation’s unique, signature event and is one of the most anticipated social gatherings of the year. The event showcases premium cigars, fine wines and spirits, three-course dinner (prepared by the award winning Chef Prefontaine of the Fort Worth Club), raffle, and silent and live auction.

The History

In 1901, at the suggestion of Andrew Carnegie, a group of Fort Worth ladies asked local gentlemen to donate “the price of a good cigar” to help raise money to build a local library and bring literature to Cowtown.

To honor our history and to further promote literacy in our city, the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation hosts the Annual Cigar Smoker at the Fort Worth Club.

The Cause

The substantial success of the Annual Cigar Smoker allows the Fort Worth Public Library Foundation to continue enhancing library programs and services at all sixteen City of Fort Worth libraries—and to continue supporting Foundation literacy and learning programs for Fort Worth children, families, and adults.

Photos courtesy of Bruce Maxwell

SPONSOR PACKAGES AVAILABLE

Presenting Sponsor: Andrew Carnegie
$12,000

  • Prominent recognition on all event related printed materials and advertising including 500+ invitations + programs and print + digital ads in area publications

  • Hyperlink on event website through May 2020

  • Cross-promotion of your company on FWPLF, Smoker event, and Library social media channels

  • Logo on scrolling screens + banners throughout the venue

  • Welcome recognition from the podium

  • Verbal and print recognition at pre-events including logo in all print materials

  • Inclusion in multiple email blasts to FWPLF and Library audiences

  • Logo recognition in Foundation + Library newsletter communications

Exclusive Event Day Concierge Experience

  • Priority check-in…skip the lines

  • Premier table for 10 at front center stage

  • Personalized table server for just your table

  • 10 raffle tickets to offer your guests

  • Special Port served to guests with dessert

Winston Churchill Sponsor
$7,500

  • Prominent recognition on all event-related printed materials and advertising including 500+ invitations + programs and print + digital ads in area publications

  • Hyperlink on event website through May 2020
  • Cross-promotion of your company on FWPLF, Smoker event, and Library social media channels
  • Logo on scrolling screens + banners throughout the venue
  • Welcome recognition from the podium
  • Verbal and print recognition at pre-events including logo in all print materials
  • Inclusion in multiple email blasts to FWPLF and Library audiences
  • Logo recognition in Foundation + Library newsletter communications

Exclusive Event Day Concierge Experience

  • Premier table for 10 at front stage left or right

  • Priority check-in…skip the lines

  • 5 raffle tickets to offer your guests

George Burns Sponsor
$5,000

  • Prominent recognition on all event-related printed materials and advertising including 500+ invitations +
    programs and print + digital ads in area publications
  • Hyperlink on event website through May 2020
  • Cross-promotion of your company on FWPLF, Smoker event, and Library social media channels
  • Logo on scrolling screens + banners throughout the venue
  • Welcome recognition from the podium
  • Verbal and print recognition at pre-events including logo in all print materials
  • Inclusion in multiple email blasts to FWPLF and Library audiences
  • Logo recognition in Foundation + Library newsletter communications

Exclusive Event Day Concierge Experience

  • Table for 10
  • Priority check-in…skip the lines
  • 3 raffle tickets to offer your guests

UNDERWRITING PACKAGES AVAILABLE

Bar + Beverage
valued at $15,000

Your partnership helps to off-set the costs of beer, wine, and spirits during the event.

  • Logo placement on cocktail napkins (1,000+)

  • Recognition signage placed at the ends of the bar (2 bars)

  • Signature named cocktail presented by (your company)

  • Recognition on event-related printed materials and advertising including programs and print + digital ads in area publications

  • Hyperlink on event website through May 2020

  • Logo on scrolling screens + banners throughout the venue as a Bar + Beverage underwriter

  • Verbal and print recognition at pre-events including logo in all print materials

Cigar Experiences
valued at $10,000

Your partnership helps to off-set the remaining costs of cigars and cigar accessories for the event.

  • Logo placement on cigar swag bag (300+) or wrap our signature cigars with your logo

  • Recognition on event-related printed materials and advertising including programs and print + digital ads in area publications

  • Hyperlink on event website through May 2020

  • Cross-promotion of your company on FWPLF, Smoker Event, and Library social media channels

  • Logo on scrolling screens + banners throughout the venue as a Cigar Experiences underwriter

  • Verbal and print recognition at pre-events including logo in all print materials

THE BENEFITS OF UNDERWRITING VS. SPONSORSHIP

Fundraising events have many expenses. To be the best stewards of our donor dollars we encourage interested parties to cover a portion of event costs. Our goal is that every cent raised subsidizes literacy and learning at the Foundation and Fort Worth Public Library.

UNDERWRITING:

Same tax deduction ability as writing a check to the Foundation, but you pay the vendor directly, keeping all donor dollars intact. A donor pays for either all or a portion of the expenses directly to the venue or vendor. The underwritten payment or item(s) is 100% tax deductible because no “substantial benefit” is given.

To be eligible for a tax deduction, an underwriter needs: (1) an in-kind letter of thanks for that specific service or item from FWPLF, (2) an invoice from the vendor they are paying DIRECTLY, and (3) the proof of payment from the vendor.

SPONSORSHIP:

Payment is made to the Foundation and any return on investment (goods and/or services) received must be subtracted out of the payment before the donor can take the tax deduction, thereby reducing the true donated amount.

Please consult your tax advisor for details.

2020 RAFFLE DESTINATIONS

Rejuvenating
Seaside Escape

Hilton Head, South Carolina

Discover coastal chic at this oasis by the sea in Hilton Head, South Carolina for four days & three nights at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa or the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort with economy class air for two.

Your trip for two includes:

  • Round trip Economy Class air
  • 4 days/3 nights accommodations at The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa or the Omni Hilton Head
  • Oceanfront Resort
  • All room-related taxes
  • Free shuttle service within the surrounding area
  • Free concierge reservation service

Estimated Value $3,700

Revitalize Yourself With
An Escape To Paradise

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

From tempting azure waters to historical tours, you’re in for an island adventure in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands for five days & four nights at The Buccaneer for two, including an island tour to Estate Whim Plantation Museum, St. George Botanical Gardens, and Cruzan Rum Distillery and a sunset sail (land only).

Your trip for two includes:

  • 5 days/4 nights accommodations at The Buccaneer
  • Room-related taxes
  • Daily complimentary breakfast
  • Complimentary wireless internet service
  • Welcome cocktails
  • Manager’s cocktail party
  • Live musical entertainment
  • Daily guest activities such as snorkeling, kayaking and access to floating mats
  • Snorkeling and paddleboarding lessons
  • Intro to SCUBA lessons
  • Sunset cruise
  • Island Tour to Estate Whim Plantation Museum, St. George Botanical Gardens and Cruzan Rum Distillery
  • Free concierge reservation service

Estimated Value $3,700

A Personalized
Wine Country Adventure

Napa, California

Savor the relaxed pace of Napa, California for four days & three nights at the Andaz Napa with economy class air for two, including your choice of a downtown Napa food and wine tour or a Napa Valley wine country limousine tour.

Your trip for two includes:

  • Round trip Economy Class air
  • 4 days/3 nights accommodations at the Andaz Napa in a king bed room
  • All room-related taxes
  • Choice of Downtown Napa Food and Wine tour or Napa Valley Wine Country Limousine Tour
  • Free concierge reservation service

Estimated Value $4,700

EVENT FORMS

Sponsor Packet 2020

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Smoker Fact Sheet 2020

Download (PDF, 523KB)

Raffle Form 2020

Download (PDF, 927KB)

Auction Donation Form 2020

Download (PDF, 571KB)

The 2020 Cigar Smoker Committee
Co-chairs: Jana Harris Campbell and Zachary Campbell

Chris Baker
Jonathan Berry
Jared Clarke
Drew Davison
Michael Enochson

Corrie Hood-Howard
Toni Lunsford
Varun Mallapaddi
John McKenzie

Roy Russell
Lucas Sawyer
JR Tritton
Amie Tritton
Glenn Williams

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