23rd Annual Cesar Gonzmart Memorial Gourmet Golf Tournament Raises $75,000 For The University of South Florida

TAMPA, Fla., May 17, 2018 -- The 23rd Annual Cesar Gonzmart Memorial Gourmet Golf Tournament raised $75,000 for the University of South Florida. The tournament was at The Claw Course at the Tampa college.

Richard and Casey Gonzmart, 4th generation co-owners/operators of the Columbia Restaurant Group, created the annual tournament in 1995 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 at the May 4 event benefits USF’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 total more than $350,000 and have helped 30 students achieve their academic dreams.

The tournament also benefits the Richard and Melanie Gonzmart Endowed Latino Scholarship. Established in 2017 with a $200,000 endowment by Richard and Melanie, the program will fund 10 scholarships this year.

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 Gonzmart Family of Restaurants consists of five concepts including the Columbia, Cha Cha Coconuts, Ulele, Goody Goody™ Burgers and Café con Leche Ybor City.

The Columbia was founded in 1905 and is Florida’s Oldest RestaurantSM. Locations include the flagship restaurant in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City, with additional locations at St. Armands Circle in Sarasota, the Historic District in St. Augustine, Sand Key on Clearwater Beach, Celebration in the Orlando area, 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 opened in 1989 on St. Armands Circle in Sarasota.

Ulele opened in 2014 on the Hillsborough River in Tampa Heights. A second location opened at Tampa International Airport in March, 2017, and is operated in partnership with SSP America.

Goody Goody™ opened in Tampa’s Hyde Park Village in 2016. A second location opened at Tampa International Airport in March, 2017, and is operated in partnership with SSP America.

Café con Leche Ybor City opened at Tampa International Airport in March, 2017. It is operated in partnership with SSP America.

Please see www.ColumbiaRestaurant.com, www.ChaCha-Coconuts.com, www.Ulele.com, or www.GoodyGoodyBurgers.com for more information.

 

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