21st Annual Cesar Gonzmart Memorial Gourmet Golf Tournament
Raises $85,000 For The University of South Florida

TAMPA, Fla., May 20, 2016 - The 21st Annual Cesar Gonzmart Memorial Gourmet Golf Tournament raised $85,000 for the University of South Florida. The tournament was at The Claw Course at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

The May 1 annual tournament was created in 1995 by Richard & Casey Gonzmart, 4th generation co-owners/operators of the Columbia Restaurant Group, to honor their father, Cesar, who passed away in 1992 from pancreatic cancer.  He was a strong supporter of the Latin community and education. 
 

The May 6 annual tournament was created in 1995 by Richard and Casey Gonzmart, 4th generation co-owners/operators of the Columbia Restaurant Group, to honor their father who passed away in 1992 from pancreatic cancer.  He was a strong supporter of the Latin community and education. 

100 percent of the money donated by players and corporate sponsors benefits theUniversity of South Florida’s Latino Scholarship Fund and USF Athletics.

The Columbia has established the fully endowed Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Memorial Scholarship and the Columbia Centennial Scholarship to assist financially challenged but academically excellent first-generation college students. The Cesar Gonzmart Memorial Gourmet Golf tournament helps fund these two endowments that together have a balance of more than $340,000 and have helped more than 20 students achieve their academic dreams.

Bulls student athletes benefit by practicing and playing at the best training and sports facilities. Other students and fans also get to enjoy these venues. 

About The Columbia Restaurant Group:
The Columbia Restaurant Group consists of four concepts including Columbia, Ulele, Cha Cha Coconuts and Goody Goody. The Columbia was founded in 1905 and is Florida’s Oldest RestaurantSM. Locations include the flagship restaurant in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City, additional 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. Cha Cha Coconuts is a tropical bar and grill that opened in 1989 on St. Armands Circle in Sarasota. Ulele opened in 2014 on the Hillsborough River in Tampa Heights.

In Oct. 2014, Richard Gonzmart announced that he had purchased the rights to the Goody Goody brand. A Tampa landmark since 1925 and closed since 2005, the iconic Goody Goody restaurant will be reborn in 2016 under Gonzmart’s direction in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village.

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Media Contact:  Angela Geml at 813-248-3000, ext. 17 or a.geml@ColumbiaRestaurant.com