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Dan Cappell, Acting Chief Commercial Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports – but bidding in a personal capacity – is the winner of our recent Cognac Prunier Age Statement auction.
To recap (the story, not the Cognac): Prunier, one of the oldest Cognac houses, offered two bottles from its new, ultra-premium age statement range to the highest bidder in our charity auction.
The winning bid would go to a cause close to travel retail’s collective heart, Hand in Hand for Haiti (of which I am a founding board member). It costs just US$5,000 to fund a child from a poor community to attend the charity’s world-class Lycée Jean-Baptiste Point du Sable in Saint Marc (a school funded and run by the travel retail industry).
The winner would not only get a superb 60 year old (no, not me, although my recent 60th birthday did inspire the competition idea; and my mother, rest in peace, did once call me superb after a fine school report) as well as a Cognac of any age statement of their choice between 18 and 80.
Not for the first time in an industry charity initiative it was a case of Dan’s the man. Thanks to him and to Cognac Prunier from me – and from the children of Haiti.