TAMPA, FL – On Thursday, April 7 J.C. Newman Cigar Company hosted a company-wide Pink Out to support a colleague with Breast Cancer. When announced to the staff, the simple idea to wear pink grew into much more. On the day of her surgery, everyone at J.C. Newman, office staff, cigar rollers, executives, mechanics and even the salesmen across the country donned their best pink shirt and handmade pink ribbons in her honor.
At 3:15 pm the group gathered on the steps to announce to Ybor City, “We Think Pink!” Tampa’s local FOX station was on scene to film the entire ceremony. Before heading back inside 12 prayer balloons were released. A cultural tradition suggested by one of the employees, each balloon included a prayer from each department inside and as a group we released them all to the heavens.

“We are a family company and this is what you do for family,” said company President Eric Newman. “This day was only possible because of voluntary contributions from each department and I am so proud of everyone coming together to show support for one of their colleagues.”  [read more]