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    The Runners Prepare

    The Gonzmart Family Foundation and the Columbia Restaurant Group are involved in a series of charitable events throughout the year. Check out these upcoming events. We’d love for you to join us.

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    It's Kids' Stuff

    Children are at the heart of Richard’s Run for Life, and our events are for the whole family. Special activities are planned for the very young and the young at heart. Your kids will enjoy meeting the people who make up their community.

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    Working Up An Appetite

    Racing under the Richard’s Run for Life flag always means the best of sustenance for body and soul. Local restaurants donate refreshments and delicacies so that 100% of money raised can go to the cause.

Fifth Annual Richard’s Father’s Day
Family Walk/Jog June 17, 2018

Start Father’s Day on the right foot at Richard’s Father’s Day Family Walk/Jog on Sunday, June 17, 2018.

Register online at Active.com

This is a non-timed fun run of 5K or 1 mile - your choice -- on the beautiful Tampa Riverwalk. In this family-friendly event, parents are encouraged to bring their children and stroll together. Or, you can pick up the pace and jog.

The course starts and ends at Richard Gonzmart’s restaurant Ulele, at 1810 N. Highland Ave. in Tampa Heights.

100% of the proceeds will benefit Moffitt Cancer Center. In the first four years of this event, we have donated $350,000 to Moffitt.

Registration Fees:
· $25 until June 16 for adults (13 years and older)
· $30 June 17 (day of) for adults

On-site registration and packet pickup opens at 7 a.m. on June 17 and event start time is 8 a.m.

Children 12 and under are FREE. They must be registered with a signed waiver.

Waivers: Please note all participants, including children under 12 and in strollers, must have a signed waiver.

Parking: Use street parking around Ulele and the lot at 7th Avenue and Highland Avenue. Watch for parking attendants. “Richard’s Father’s Day Family Walk/Jog” was created by fourth generation co-owner and Columbia Restaurant Group President Richard Gonzmart. His goal is to raise awareness of the disease and the need for testing, as well as to help fund prostate cancer research.

Richard Gonzmart with Doug Federman at Richard's Father's Day Family Walk/Jog. The money is earmarked for Moffitt. According to the American Cancer Society, one man out of six will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, and one of 35 will die every year. Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in American men, second only to lung cancer.

W hen you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.

- Patanjali

This quote was a great motivator for me and still is. Using my experience as a runner and my desire to find a cure for cancer I created “Richard’s Run for Life” under the Gonzmart Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to find a cure for cancer. Creating Richard’s Run was a way to fulfill this goal of finding a cure.

- Richard Gonzmart

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Our Causes & Events


The Gonzmart Family Foundation contributes annually to many worthy causes. Two of our annual events are “Richard’s Run For Life 5K,” held on the first Friday night in November in Ybor City’s Centennial Park, and  “Richard’s Father’s Day Walk & Jog,” held at Ulele on the Tampa Riverwalk every Father’s Day.

Richard’s Run for Life 5K
Friday, Nov. 2, 2018

The Nov. 3, 2017 Richard’s Run for Life 5K was inspiring. Thank you for your support.

2,000 runners, walkers and diners stepped up and stepped out for this annual road race in Ybor City. Thanks to your help, we raised $100,000 for the University of South Florida’s Latino Scholarship Program. That was added to a previously announced personal matching check for $100,000 from Richard and Melanie Gonzmart.

100% of every dollar donated and raised benefits the Richard and Melanie Gonzmart Endowed Latino Scholarship at USF, which gives academically gifted but financially challenged students a chance for a college education. Next year Richard and Melanie will fund ten will fund 10 new four-year student scholarships, in addition to the eight scholarships already in place.

Next year’s race is Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, and will benefit the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program for sarcoma research at Moffitt Cancer Center. See you there.

“Richard’s Run for Life” 5K Race is part of the Gonzmart Family Foundation — a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Each year the Tampa Bay community gets together to run through the streets of Tampa’s historic Ybor City