North Brunswick and Metuchen – Where can you enjoy specially hand-rolled cigars with custom labels, great food, music, and legendary “family secret recipe” Sangria?  It’s all part of the 5th Annual Cigar Night fundraiser, co-sponsored by The Aubrey Foundation and the
Anthony A. Raspa Memorial Foundation.  The event is scheduled for Sunday, June 23 beginning at 4:30 pm at The Brown Stone Bar and Grill in Metuchen.  

Cigar Night was originally established by The Aubrey Foundation as a fundraising event to honor the memory of Aubrey Pappas, a North Brunswick teacher who was killed in a catastrophic auto accident in 2014.  Aubrey loved all things summer, including Cuban food, cigars, and Sangria created by her husband Paul.

Less than a month before the scheduled event, Aubrey’s cousin, Anthony A. Raspa, lost his life at the age of 24 after a tragic car accident while on patrol as a Trooper with the New Jersey State Police.   Anthony was also a cigar aficionado, and, like Aubrey, loved great food and Paul’s Sangria. In his memory, the Anthony A. Raspa Memorial Foundation was created, and the two organizations joined together in sponsoring Cigar Night for the mutual benefit of both scholarship funds.  Proceeds from past Cigar Nights have allowed the Foundations to award more than than $25,000 to scholarship recipients in Central Jersey.

In addition to cigars, food, music and Sangria, guests will enjoy an unlimited top shelf open bar, and fun lawn games.  Also, with every paid ticket, attendees are automatically entered into a raffle for the chance to win some fantastic prizes that will be given out at the event. Raffle prizes include various baskets filled with an array of items, gift certificates to great local restaurants and more. There will also a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia and other unique collectibles.

Tickets are priced at $100 each.  Combination tickets are also available at $120, which includes registration for the 5th Annual “Purple for Pappas” 5K Run/Walk on October 20, 2019.  To purchase tickets visit:  All proceeds will be split between The Aubrey Foundation and The Anthony Raspa Memorial Scholarship Fund - both Foundations are registered 501(c)(3) NJ Nonprofit Corporations.