The Power of Cigar Night
The idea of Cigar Night came about shortly after the establishment of The Aubrey Foundation when we realized we needed a fundraiser that would help us provide for the inaugural Purple for Pappas 5K and sustain our philanthropic efforts throughout the year. It was paramount that this event be one that would embody the spirit of Aubrey and offer a space to celebrate her life and remember her in a joyful way.
Sadly, less than 30 days before that first scheduled Cigar Night, one of our committee members, Anthony Raspa, (a cousin of Aubrey’s) lost his life tragically too. Shortly after Anthony’s passing, his family established The Anthony Raspa Memorial Foundation which, similar to The Aubrey Foundation, was built to teach the importance of being a good person and how that can impact the world. Anthony, having chosen a career as a NJ State Trooper and Aubrey as a middle school teacher, clearly illustrates that both of them, at their core, were deeply devoted to helping others and there is nothing stronger than a heart for service.
The decision was made to continue with the original vision of this event, but now with the new intention to co-host it between The Aubrey Foundation and The Anthony Raspa Memorial Foundation and honor the legacies of both Aubrey and Anthony.
Cigar Night gives us the space to feel Aubrey and Anthony’s presence in a very special way – by bringing old friends and new ones together - enjoying things they both loved such as music, dancing, great food, hand rolled cigars, the forever famous homemade ‘Pappas Sangria’, lawn games, and most importantly time with family & friends. To be able to then take all of this energy, love, and funding and transform it all into different ways throughout the year to pay it forward … that is the power of Cigar Night.
You can Save The Date NOW: Cigar Night is always held in June on the Sunday after Father’s Day. We hope to see you there!
If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive timely updates about this event, or are interested in becoming a Cigar Night sponsor or member of our planning committee, please email one of our Event Co-Chairs for information: Maria@TheAubreyFoundation.org or Stephanie@TheAubreyFoundation. org
Pay It Forward
Aubrey & Anthony were two incredible people. If there is anything we should take away from what they taught us it's how they lived. We truly believe that if everyone lived a little more like Anthony and Aubrey the world would be a better place. Here is a quote that was written by one of our Aubrey Pappas Memorial Scholarship recipients – it is a fantastic reminder of what it means to pay it forward by Living Like Anthony AND Aubrey: “I have learned to find joy in the little things and would love to be the person that can make someone else smile today.”
Cigar Night 2020
THANK YOU to everyone who made a donation and joined us this year as we celebrated Cigar Night ... from Home. While COVID19 prevented us from being able to physically gather safely in a large group for Cigar Night 2020, the pandemic did not stop us from coming together as a community to raise money for students while #LivingLikeAubrey and #RememberingRaspa.
On June 28, 2020, family & friends enjoyed a part of what Anthony Raspa & Aubrey Pappas loved most from the safety of their homes! From a social distance, we were still able to come together by listening to great music, dancing on front lawns, toasting with a loved one or lighting up a cigar as we celebrated life and remembered Aubrey & Anthony. 100% of all donations will be put toward funding future student scholarships for both foundations.
We hope to see everyone next year, in person! Until then, stay safe, healthy & connected.