Member: $125

Benefactor: $500
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The Best Time You Can Have at Convention

The primary annual fundraising event for the Cigar PEG is its annual party and celebrity auction. The party offers a nightclub atmosphere including cabaret and adult humor. While all are invited to join, the Cigar PEG might not be for everybody…especially the easily offended. The Cigar PEG is a community of professional speakers and others that appreciate the camaraderie, relationships, and connection that the community provides.

The Cigar PEG is incorporated in California as a non-profit corporation. Cigar PEG, Inc. has received “Public Charity Status” from the Internal Revenue Service under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Effective date for contribution deductibility is February 8, 2006. EIN: 20-4570908. The Cigar PEG is not affiliated with the National Speakers Association.

Ed Rigsbee, Cigar PEG Founder & Executive Director, and Staff, welcome you to

For questions about the Cigar PEG please call Ed at 805-498-5720 or email to

The next time you are in the Los Angeles area, give Ed a call and visit; perhaps even enjoy a cigar with him?

Make your unrestricted donation, in any amount. We gratefully accept donations in any amount; $1, $5, $10, $10,000. Please give what you can to help us in our important work. Or, mail your tax deductable check to: Cigar PEG, Inc., 1746 Calle Yucca, Suite 4, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360.

Dale“The way I look at it, you can give money to a worthy charity, or; you can give money to a worthy charity and have the time of your life doing it.

Since I prefer the latter, I have been a part of the CIGAR PEG since2000 when I presented my first uncensored summary of the convention. Since then I have been an active participant every year and would encourage everybody to participate with me.

You are probably wondering what kind of genius it takes to develop the concept of a party with a purpose and turn it into the Cigar PEG. Well, wonder no more because Ed Rigsbee is the man behind the curtain. Ed combined the two things he is most passionate about, helping others and partying, into one organization and it is truly a success.”

Dale Irvin CSP, CPAE, The Professional Summarizer

2019 Cigar PEG Benefactor Members

Please thank each of them at the NSA Convention for their continued support.

  1. Terry Brock
  2. Joe Curcillo
  3. Michelle Villalobos
  4. Ilja Grzeskowitz
  5. Lori Marcoux
  6. Chris Price
  7. Dan Knight
  8. Clint Maun
  9. Doug McPhee
  10. Russell Trahan
  11. Judson Laipply
  12. Bill Wallace
  13. Joel Block
  14. Mary Kelly
  15. Dawnna St Louis
  16. Peter Stark
  17. Robert Bradford
  18. Aidan Crawford
  19. Carolyn Strauss
  20. John Dolan

2018 Benefactor Members

Terry Brock

Aidan Crawford

Justin Laipply

David Newman

Alan Weiss

Joe Curcillo

Dwight Holcomb

Chris Price

Jeff Nischwitz


$340,000 USD to NSA’s Foundation, since its inception in 1999, the Cigar PEG has contributed funds specifically earmarked for the Professional Speaker Benefit Fund–making the Cigar PEG the largest single contributor to the Foundation.
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$155,000 USD to Laura’s Hope, a project administered through The Hereditary Disease Foundation. 

$40,000 USD to benefit John Alston, CSP, CPAE. In 2009 the Cigar PEG created an Emergency Relief Fund; the fund has collected over $35,000 and granted the monies to the Alston Family. Additionally, in 2010, the Cigar PEG gave the Alston Family a grant of $5,000.

$29,000 USD to the Cardiac Arrhythmias Research & Education (C.A.R.E.) Foundation (as of 2011). Their work supports the research and education of the Long QT Syndrome.
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$35,000 USD to Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes (SADS) Foundation. Find out more.

$22,000 USD to the American Cancer Society (as of 2012). Find out more

$7,000 USD (through the Cigar PEG Emergency Relief Fund) to benefit Jeff Thredgold, CSP (also Cigar PEG High Roller & Eddie Award recipient) who was, in 2012, diagnosed with having Frontotemporal dementia.

$5,000 USD to the Dutch Charity, Marathon 365 Foundation, following the Cigar PEG’s first International event in Amsterdam. Find out more

$10,000 USD to The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation (NWPF). Find out more

$3,000 USD to The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD). Find out more.

$20,000 to CurePSP CurePSP is the leading nonprofit advocacy organization focused on prime of life neurodegenerative diseases, a spectrum of fatal brain disorders that often strike during a person’s most productive and rewarding years.