• Take Stock in Children-St. Johns County to benefit from the Columbia Restaurant’s Community Harvest program in September

    St. Augustine, Fla. – August 30, 2022 – The Take Stock in Children-St. Johns County program, a scholarship and mentoring program operated by Investing in Kids (INK!), has been selected by the 1905 Family Of Restaurants to benefit from the 25th Annual Community Harvest. During the month of September, the company will donate five percent of all diners’ checks to charities selected by the guests while dining at any the company’s restaurant locations across Florida.
    Local Columbia Restaurant patrons can support Take Stock in Children-St. Johns County through the month-long fundraiser themed, Eat Well. Do Good., by voting for Take Stock in Children (TSIC) as the non-profit of the diner’s choice on the ballot provided during lunch and dinner. When TSIC is selected, the hospitality company will donate five percent of diners’ checks to TSIC.
    The program has provided more than $3 million to non-profit organizations throughout Florida. Community Harvest involves each of the Columbia locations, including the local Columbia Restaurant at 98 St. George Street in historic, downtown St. Augustine.
    “We are honored that the Take Stock in Children program, managed by INK!, has been chosen as one of the non-profits to benefit from the Community Harvest program locally,” said Donna Lueders, INK! Executive Director. “INK!’s Take Stock in Children program will receive food and beverage gift certificates which we will share with St. Johns County Take Stock in Children graduates, volunteer mentors and dedicated supporters.”
    “We started this program as a way to help many of the worthy non-profit groups that are so important to our communities,” said 4th generation family member and president Richard Gonzmart. “I can’t believe how much it has grown in 25 years. We’re excited this year to extend the ballots and gift certificates to all our restaurant concepts, which should provide a real increase in our donations to the charities.”
    Gonzmart said the process is simple: Dine at one of the 1905 Family Of Restaurants during the month of September. Choose a charity from a ballot that is provided with your check. The restaurant calculates five percent and provides the charity with gift certificates that can be used at any of the restaurants. There is no additional cost to the guest.
    Take Stock in Children (TSIC) is a statewide non-profit organization that was established in 1995 to offer low-income, at-risk students a unique opportunity to escape the cycle of poverty through education. Since 1998, the St. Johns County Education Foundation, which operates as Investing in Kids (INK!), has been the exclusive umbrella agency for the TSIC program in St. Johns County. INK! provides innovative resources to support academic success for all St. Johns County public schools including approximately 50,000 students and 3,000 teachers. The office is located at 1 Christopher St. in St. Augustine. For more information, contact Donna Lueders at 904-547-7120 or email Donna.Lueders@stjohns.k12.fl.us. Visit the website at www.ink-stjohns.org.