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Columbia Restaurant 19th Annual Community Harvest

Held in September to Help Suncoast Charities for Children

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L-R: (Lucy Nicandri, Exec. Director for Suncoast Charities – Cassandra Gonzmart, Columbia Rest. Group – Casey Gonzmart, Chairman Columbia Rest. Group – Pete Schneider, Suncoast Charities for Children Board Member – Jackie Byrd)

Eat Well.  Do Good!

19th Annual Columbia Community Harvest

TAMPA, Fla., June 15, 2016 – Let your appetite do the giving while you support local non-profit groups in Florida by dining at any of the seven Columbia locations in Florida during the entire month of September for lunch or dinner during the 19th Annual Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest program.

Through this program, The Columbia donates 5% of all guests’ September lunch and dinner checks to the charitable organizations chosen by their customers. The Community Harvest takes place in all of the Columbia locations including Ybor City in the historic district of Tampa, St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Central Florida’s Town of Celebration, the Columbia Cafe on the Riverwalk in Downtown Tampa at the Tampa Bay History Center and the Columbia Restaurant Cafe at Tampa International Airport.  All Columbia locations are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.  For more information, see www.ColumbiaRestaurant.com

“We started this program in 1998 as a way to help many of the worthy non-profit groups that are so important to our communities,” said 4th generation family member and president Richard Gonzmart.  “We thought the best way to do this was by letting our customers get involved in selecting the organizations. The process is simple.  They just put a check mark next to one of the charitable organizations listed on a form we provide.  They turn it in to their server.  We do the rest, and donate 5% to the charity.”

Over the past 18 years, the Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest has donated more than $1.8 million to non-profit organizations throughout Florida.  

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 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. Please see www.ColumbiaRestaurant.com for more information.