Ybor City Chamber
FOR IMMEDATE RELEASE
Fuente Family to Receive Chamber's
(Tampa, FL July 29, 2010) The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce will
present the Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Award to the
Fuente Family at its upcoming 45th Gala. Ybor City's most renowned cigar family will receive the
community's highest honor at the Annual Gala to be held at the Columbia
Restaurant Friday, September 17th, 6:30 PM.
The Fuente Family has deep
roots in Ybor City. Auturo Fuente, the
founder, established the family's first cigar manufacturing facility in the
early 1900's. And in 2012, they will mark their centennial anniversary. The
Fuentes are the oldest family in the cigar industry that began and still
operates in Tampa. Recently, the Fuentes restored the family's four-story,
brick cigar factory on 22nd Street to preserve its historic beauty.
"The Fuente Family is being
recognized for its four generations of leadership in the community and the
cigar industry," stated Tom Keating, President & CEO of the Ybor City
Chamber. "Fuente is not only a highly-respected
brand-name in the world of fine cigars, but also stands for the kind of civic leadership
that keeps our Historic District vibrant."
The award is named after Adela
& Cesar Gonzmart, the third generation of Ybor's Gonzmart family and the
couple credited with building the Columbia into Florida's oldest and the
country's largest Spanish restaurant. This annual award recognizes an
individual, family or corporation who distinguishes themselves through unique
achievements to promote the cultural preservation and commercial revitalization
of the Ybor Community.
The Ybor City Chamber's
Annual Gala is the traditional beginning of the Latin social season. Ybor City is the source of Tampa's Latin
flavor and one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in
Florida. For information on
sponsorship, program ads, silent auction & wine tree donations and tickets
contact Anna Ramos, Events Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 813.248.3712 x22.