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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.


YBOR CITY, Fla., 7 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2023 — Registration is open for the 22nd Annual “Richard’s Run for Life” at Centennial Park. Participants can run, jog or walk, while step-by-step helping researchers at the University of Florida find a cure for sarcoma cancer, all while having fun in Ybor City.

This timed, flat course, out-and-back race at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 3 gives registrants the opportunity to enjoy 1905 Family Of Restaurants’ food and drinks and run through the streets of Ybor City at night.

As always, 100 percent of every dollar donated and raised will fund cancer research. In the first 21 years of this event, Richard’s Run for Life has raised more than $1.7 million. This year, the race proceeds support University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine’s osteosarcoma immunotherapy research.

The all-ages $40 registration fee ($50 late and day of registration fee) includes a long sleeve Dri-FIT run shirt and admission to the best post-race party in Tampa Bay. After the run, our team will offer food from the Columbia Restaurant, Goody Goody, Cha Cha Coconuts, Casa Santo Stefano and beer from Ulele Spring Brewery. All participants are encouraged to stay and enjoy the music and awards ceremony.

Centennial Park opens at 5 p.m. for packet pick up and day-of registration. The race starts promptly at 7 p.m.

To register or donate, visit bit.ly/RichardsRun2023.

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

The Gonzmart Family Foundation is registered under the Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act, and has been issued the following registration number by the Division of Consumer Services: CH17908. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free 800-435-7352 within the State of Florida. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State.

Media Contact: Grace Gonzalez at GraceG@CRG1905.com

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

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

Father’s Day Event Raises $100,000-Plus, Bringing 10-Year Moffitt Total to $1 Million

Our annual Father’s Day event at Ulele raised a minimum of $100,000 for Moffitt Cancer Center, bringing the 10-year total to more than $1 million. (Next year’s event is June 16. Hope you’ll join us.)

More than 500 people registered for the family-friendly walk or jog on the Tampa Riverwalk leaving from and returning to Ulele.

Although the forecast looked dismal all night, the skies brightened with the sunrise and the night’s thunder, lightning and heavy rain seemed played out.

Event founder Richard Gonzmart thanked the sponsors, volunteers, community partners, participants and the many 1905 Family of Restaurants team members at the event. “We’re here because we’re raising money and awareness for Moffitt Cancer Center, which opened in 1986 and fast became one of the leading cancer facilities in the country,” Richard said.

He pointed out that 1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer, 1 in 3 Blacks and Hispanics. But, he said, the good news is that early detection is key because screening equals life. Richard said Moffitt Cancer Center is in Tampa because of the vision of one man – Lee Moffitt.

While a member of the Florida House of Representatives, Lee helped secure the initial $70 million for construction. At the time Lee was able to get the funding passed, The Tampa Tribune praised his “steel persistence and cotton diplomacy.”

The facility was named for Moffitt over his objections.

As Lee Moffitt often says, “One person can make a difference.”

That’s why we put that quotation on the run shirts.

Lee was at another Moffitt function in North Carolina, but his daughter Jenny represented the family to thank the Gonzmarts for staging the event in 2023and for the last 10 years.

And Moffitt CEO Dr. Patrick Hwu also spoke and later said “You saved lives today.”

Now that’s a good day.

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