The Columbia Restaurant Group Donates Over $157,000
to More Than 100 Local Non-Profit Groups Throughout Florida
with the Fifteenth Annual Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest
Since Program Began in 1998 Over One Million Dollars Given Back
TAMPA, Fla., November 2, 2012 – The Columbia Restaurant Group donated over $157,000 to more than 100 local non-profit organizations throughout Florida with the fifteenth annual Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest in September. Since the program began in 1998, the Columbia has given $1.3 million to non-profit organizations throughout Florida.
“We are proud to be able to contribute to the many worthy organizations that assist so many in our great State. We were fortunate and committed to be able to help during the recession, a time when so many organizations are facing a decline in charitable gifts, and when so many more people need assistance,” said Richard Gonzmart, 4th generation family member and President of the Columbia Restaurant. “The basis of the Columbia Community Harvest has been our family’s philosophy of living each day with passion and purpose by helping others, as we have since the Columbia was founded in 1905,” Gonzmart said.
The Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest program was developed as a means of giving back to the communities that have supported the family business for over 107 years. Through this program, the Columbia Restaurant donates 5% of all guests’ lunch and dinner checks to the charitable organizations chosen by their customers during the entire month of September. Participating locations were the eight Columbia’s in Tampa’s Ybor City, Sarasota, St. Augustine, The Pier in St. Petersburg, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida’s Town of Celebration, Columbia Café on the Riverwalk at Tampa Bay History Center and Columbia Restaurant Café at Tampa International Airport.
The original Columbia Restaurant was founded in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., and is now Florida’s Oldest Restaurant. Additional locations include St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, the Historic District in St. Augustine, The Pier in Downtown St. Petersburg, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida’s town of Celebration, the Columbia Café on the Riverwalk at Tampa Bay History Center and the Columbia Restaurant Café at Tampa International Airport. All Columbia locations are owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation members of the founding family; except for Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport which is operated in partnership with HMSHost. Please see www.columbiarestaurant.com for more information.
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