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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 cancer research. Participants literally “run for life.”

Richard’s Father’s Day Family Walk/Jog
Raises $80,000 for Prostate Cancer Research

Almost 600 participants joined us for first Richard’s Father’s Day Family Walk And Jog For Dads at Ulele.

With their help, we raised $80,000 for prostate cancer research at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, who received 100 percent of the proceeds.

Please mark your calendars for June 21, 2015 – Father’s Day next year. We’re planning on making this an annual event.

 

Andrea’s Sip for Life

Andrea's Sip For Life

More than $50,000 was raised for cancer research at the eighth annual Andrea’s Sip for Life wine dinner. This event began in 2007 in memory of Andrea Dicks Hartley, a young mother and Moffitt patient who lost her battle to sarcoma cancer.

In the eight years of this Tampa wine fundraiser, more than $450,000 has been donated to the Moffitt Cancer Center to further cancer research on Adolescent and Young Adult sarcoma.

 

When 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

Join Richard's Team at the Columbia St. Augustine Half Marathon - Sunday, Nov. 16

For the Columbia St. Augustine half-marathon on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014, Richard Gonzmart has created Richard's Team, which will provide a maximum of 100 runners a number of exclusive benefits in exchange for either a $500 or a $1,000 donation to the Gonzmart Family Foundation.  100 percent of the donations will go to Moffitt Cancer Center for prostate cancer research.

To join Richard’s Team, please make your check for either $500 or $1,000 payable to: Gonzmart Family Foundation St. Augustine Half Marathon, and mail to:
Gonzmart Family Foundation/St. Augustine Half Marathon
P.O. Box 5027
Tampa, FL  33675-5027


Include your contact information so we can follow up with your race registration form. (This will require a separate race registration fee, but will be discounted, as noted.)

Option # 1 - Charitable donation:  $500 in addition to race registration Participant Benefits

  • Guaranteed entry into the St. Augustine Half Marathon
  • 25 percent off registration -- $65 to $48.75
  • VIP tent at finish line
  • Richard’s Run dri-fit shirts
  • Free pre-race dinner at Columbia St. Augustine
  • Free post-race party at Columbia St. Augustine
  • Emailed training and recovering tips

Option # 2 - Charitable donation:  $1,000 in addition to race registration

  • Guaranteed entry into the St. Augustine Half Marathon
  • 25 percent off registration -- $65 to $48.75
  • VIP tent at finish line
  • Richard’s Run dri-fit shirts
  • Free pre-race dinner at Columbia St. Augustine
  • Free post-race party at Columbia St. Augustine
  • Emailed training and recovering tips
  • Dinner for four at Columbia St. Augustine (Reservation required)
  • Columbia cookbook signed by three generations of the Gonzmart family

For more information about the event, see www.StAugustineMarathon.com




Richard’s Run for Life
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

The 13th Annual “Richard’s Run for Life” 5K takes place on Friday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in Ybor City’s Centennial Park. Come out and run, walk or simply enjoy the food and beverages while helping researchers at Moffitt find a cure for cancer. One hundred percent of every dollar donated and raised will benefit the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Program for sarcoma research at Moffitt Cancer Center. Sarcoma is the number two cause of cancer in children.

The all-ages entry fee is $25 per person online pre-registration through Nov. 2, 2014 or post-marked entry by Oct. 31, and includes a T-shirt. Register online here, or click here for a downloadable registration form.

All registered runners/walkers will receive free entry to the post-race party. Guests and visitors can also enjoy the festivities and food for a $20 donation. Children under 12 eat for $10 each. The post-race party in Centennial Park features music and food, including The Columbia’s Paella de Pollo “Valenciana,” (Chicken and Yellow Rice) Black Beans & Rice and The Columbia’s Original "1905" Salad®, Tacos from Moe’s Southwest Grill, Guava BBQ Ribs from Cha Cha Coconuts, ice-cold beer from Michelob Ultra and wines from Chateau Ste. Michelle.

“Richard’s Run for Life” has raised more than $748,000 in the last 12 years.

“Richard’s Run for Life” 5K Race, which is part of the Gonzmart Family Foundation — a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization — was created by Columbia Restaurant President Richard Gonzmart as a way to combine his love for running with his long-time desire to find a cure for cancer.


Each year the Tampa Bay community gets together to run for life through the streets of Ybor City.

“It is hard to believe it's been 13 years since I created “Richard’s Run for Life” under the Gonzmart Family Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, to raise funds for research at Moffitt Cancer Center. Many of our lives have been touched by those who have had cancer and I have personally lost family members and dear friends to this horrible disease. My passion to find a cure for cancer is huge and I am motivated to help Moffitt beat this horrible disease.”

“For the 2012 race we honored 8-year-old pianist, Josalyn Kaldenberg. After her diagnosis of osteosarcoma in her right shoulder, Dr. G. Doug Letson, from Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, removed her tumor and replaced her humerus with a titanium version that will expand as she grows. I am proud to report she is doing well and once again playing the piano!” To learn more about Josalyn’s remarkable surgery go to this story in the USF Oracle.