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17th Annual ‘Richard’s Run For Life’ 5K Donates $150,000 To Moffitt Cancer Center

YBOR CITY, Fla., Nov. 12, 2018 – The 17th annual “Richard’s Run for Life” 5K donated $150,000 to Moffitt Cancer and Research Institute.

“Despite some heavy weather challenges at our 17th Annual Richard’s Run For Life 5K, we still managed to raise more than $150,000 for Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, said Richard Gonzmart, 4th generation family member and president of the Columbia Restaurant Group. “Thank you to all the runners, walkers, diners, volunteers, supporters and sponsors who joined us on Nov. 2 in our quest to find better treatments to combat cancer and one day have a cure,” said Gonzmart.

100% of every dollar donated and raised will fund the brachytherapy suite being built at Moffitt Cancer Center. Brachytherapy treats prostate, cervical, breast and sarcoma cancers. This new suite will effectively double the number of patients that can be treated.

The Gonzmart Family Foundation donated 100 percent of the revenue and covers 100 percent of the expenses. “Richard’s Run for Life” has raised more than $1.3 million since 2002.

Next year’s race is Friday, Nov. 1, 2019.

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 Columbia locations include St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, the Historic District in St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida's town of Celebration, the Columbia Cafe in the Tampa Bay History Center on the Riverwalk in Tampa and the Columbia Restaurant Cafe 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. Follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please see 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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