Cigars Put off Leukemia Society Cancer-Fighting Group Wants Non-Smoking Event

By Victor Volland Of The Post-Dispatch | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), June 5, 1997 | Go to article overview

Cigars Put off Leukemia Society Cancer-Fighting Group Wants Non-Smoking Event


Victor Volland Of The Post-Dispatch, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Plans for the Leukemia Society's fund-raiser Monday night at Harry's Restaurant and Bar nearly went up in smoke Wednesday. That's when the society learned that the near-downtown eatery was going to offer imported cigars to be smoked after the $60-a-head dinner with a sampling of 50 wines and assorted Scotches and cognacs.

"We told the restaurant that it was totally inappropriate for a cancer-fighting agency like ours to be associated in any way with a product that causes cancer," said Karen Harriman, senior executive director of the Leukemia Society's Gateway Chapter here.

Tim Pieri, general manager of Harry's, argued that cigars were very popular with both men and women and that they were being offered as part of the benefit dinner package, which already has sold about 300 tickets. He said 700 cigars were passed out without incident at the restaurant's fundraiser last November for the American Diabetes Association and that he had ordered 500 cigars for Monday's event. The $2 stogies are to be handed out by Jon's Pipe Shop at a special tent at the "patio extravaganza," which will include entertainment and a raffle. "But I understand their situation," Pieri said after conferring with Harriman. They agreed to flag the reserved space as a smoke-free environment and not hand out the complimentary cigars until the end. …

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