YBOR CITY, Fla., November 12, 2012– The Eleventh Annual “Richard’s Run for Life” 5K on Friday, November 2nd in Ybor City’s Centennial Park raised over $80,000, and 100 percent of every dollar donated and raised benefits the Adolescent Young Adult (AYA) initiative for sarcoma research at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute.
“We had a record turnout this year, with over 2,000 runners, walkers, volunteers, supporters and sponsors who joined us to assist in our quest to find better treatments to combat cancer and one day, have a cure,” said Richard Gonzmart, 4th generation family member and president of Columbia Restaurant Group. “I feel that our run and other events like it, give patients battling cancer and their families hope…hope that we will find that cure soon. I believe Moffitt and other cancer centers are making great progress each day,” Gonzmart said.
Richard Gonzmart was inspired to create this race to celebrate the spirit of those fighting and surviving cancer, like Josalyn Kaldenberg, who was the first pediatric cancer patient in the United States to have her entire upper arm bone replaced with one made of chrome and titanium when she was 9-years-old. Josalyn’s surgery was performed by Moffitt’s Dr. Letson, and she is now doing well and once again playing the piano!
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.
The Gonzmart Family Foundation is registered under the Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act, and has been issued the following registration number by the Division of Consumer Services: CH17908. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 800-435-7352 within the State of Florida. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State.
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