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Columbia Restaurants 22nd Annual Community Harvest to Benefit Community Hope Center this September


The Community Hope Center (CHC) and Columbia Restaurants will partner and raise funds for the CHC for the entire month of September.

Guests can dine at any of Columbia Restaurants seven locations in Florida and request that a portion of their lunch or dinner checks go to the Community Hope Center. All Columbia locations are open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. The process is simple, the customer puts a check mark next to the Community Hope Center listed on the ballot provided by the restaurant server and then hands it to the server with their payment. The Columbia Restaurant will donate 5% to the charity. The donation is from Columbia Restaurant – the guest does not spend any additional money for this donation.

“We started this program in 1998 as a way to help many of the worthy non-profit groups that are so important to our communities,” said fourth generation family member and president Richard Gonzmart. “We thought the best way to do this was by letting our customers get involved in selecting the organizations.”

Over the past 21 years, the Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest has donated more than $2.4 million to non-profit organizations throughout Florida.

“We are excited to be one of the beneficiaries again this year of the Columbia Community Harvest in September,” said Mary Downey, CEO, Community Hope Center. “We are grateful to partner with such a great organization as the Columbia Restaurant to help our families in-need here in Osceola County.”

The closest Columbia Restaurant is located at 649 Front Street in Celebration.

The Community Hope Center is a program-based project that impacts the low-income, poverty level families and individuals living in and around Osceola County, Florida. The primary emphasis is to serve those living homeless or in motels and hotels along Osceola County’s 192 Corridor. This program helps to restore dignity and self-sufficiency to those in need in our community through a holistic approach to case management, funds assistance, and life skills. The mission of the Community Hope Center is to provide assistance to all of those in need in our community.

For more information on the Community Hope Center, please visit www.hope192.com