Blog: Jaws' Cigar Party 2014
Seemingly everybody’s got an excuse to come to New York City for the week of the Super Bowl. But one guy that’s been hitting the Big Game party circuit for years is ESPN analyst and former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski. Thursday night, the guy affectionately referred to as ‘Jaws’ hosted his fifth annual ‘Cigar Party’ inside of the posh 230 Fifth space, providing picturesque views of New York City from its chic bar and incredible heated rooftop. Welcoming many of his network colleagues to the fray, the evening was replete with premium cigars and liquor amid a truly distinctive setting with proceeds benefiting Jaworski’s nonprofit foundation ‘Jaws Youth Playbook,’ which seeks to improve the lives of at risk youths in the Philadelphia area as well as ‘Pro Football Legends.’
The evening kicked off promptly at 7pm as guests avoided the brisk January evening and lined up to enter the opulent venue. And once the elevator doors opened wide, there was Jaworski himself, front and center shaking the hands of every single attendee and welcoming them to the three hour festive party. Unsurprisingly, the space was filled mostly by males dressed in after work attire, grabbing an empty cigar box on their way in to be filled by the likes of ‘RP Royales’ (Rocky Patel Premium Cigars) and ‘C.A.O Concerts’ along their journey around the room. While most guests spent time grabbing some of the tasty passed around hors d’oeuvres from chicken fingers to mini grilled cheese sandwiches and an array of single-malt scotches and other select pours from Don Julio Tequila, others headed up to the open rooftop to smoke their new cigars on the spot. Heated overhead by lamps, groups of guys donned red velvet smoking robes to both keep warm and look stylish while chatting at the roof’s bar and puffing smoke out of the side of their mouths in the swankiest way possible.
Back downstairs amid the buzz of chatter, an array of silent auction items- mostly football autographs and memorabilia- caught the attention of most passersby at least momentarily. But most of the evening’s enjoyment came from the modish atmosphere inside where catching glimpses of ESPN talking heads like Mike Tirico, Merril Hoge, Suzy Kolber, Hannah Storm and Steve Levy seemed commonplace. To his credit, Jaworski played the consummate host, pausing for pictures and brief interviews at seemingly every turn and welcoming in guests and former NFL players in each arrival wave. And as genuinely pleased Jaws himself was with the turnout, the hundreds of attending guests seemed equally as pleased to be involved despite a roughly $500 ticket price.