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Midweek Roundup—Titanic (the ship, not the movie), Red Auerbach’s valuables, and the Rocky Patel Foundation

I love roundups—sometimes there are just too many good stories to choose from, so this helps keep the indecision at bay. It’s also way easier to write a little about three stories than it is to come up with a lot about one. Anyway, here’s our midweek roundup.

First off, a humidor belonging to the captain of the Titanic was found in the Liverpool region, according to an article in Click Liverpool. The box is decorated with an ivory star and the initials “EJS,” which stands for Edward John Smith. It currently belongs to Hilary Mee, who explained that it had been given to her father by relatives of Captain Smith’s widow.

Auctioneer John Crane identified the humidor after being invited to Mee’s home to appraise some antiques. “I must confess a slight tingle went down my spine when I realized what it was,” he said. “This is a most astonishing find.” The walnut humidor is expected to fetch between 10,000 and 20,000 GBP at an auction in Liverpool on May 19.

In sports news, you may remember our post about Red Auerbach’s memorabilia being auctioned off. Well, many of those auctions took place earlier this month and fetched more than $785,000 for Auerbach’s family, according to an article in Yahoo! Sports. Some of the items auctioned off were a jersey worn by Bob Cousy, which went for $41,435, a full set of Auerbach’s golf clubs in a 1961 NBA All-Star Game golf bag, which went for $36,404, and, of course, his humidor, which went for $18,840. Two more rounds of auctions are set to take place in July and the fall, according to the SCP Auctions website, so be sure to keep an eye out for those.

Finally, the Rocky Patel Foundation will soon hold a charity golf tournament at the Old Corkscrew Golf Club in Estero, Florida, according to a post on Cigar Aficionado’s website. Proceeds from the event will be put towards building an educational housing facility for children in Danlí, Honduras. “I started the Rocky Patel Foundation because I saw a need to build an educational housing facility to help homeless and underprivileged children in Danlí, Honduras,” said Patel in a press release. “The school that we construct will take homeless children off the streets of Danlí and provide them shelter, clothing, food and a quality education. We can, and we will, make a difference in the lives of these children.”

This goes along with a post of mine from a while ago about cigar companies that are involved in charitable efforts—it definitely makes me feel better about handing over my hard-earned dollars for stogies when I know that they’ll be put towards something genuinely good.

That’s it for this week’s roundup—if you think I missed anything, feel free to post it in a comment below.

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