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Cigar FactoryFrom it's humble beginnings in 1885 to today, Ybor City is living history.  Not only is it home to the largest collection of cigar factories and related industrial structures in the United States but it is also home to the Ybor City Lions Club. 

Columbia RestaurantChartered on February 7, 1951, The Ybor City Lions Club continues to serve the community we call home.  The Historic Columbia Restaurant is home to the Ybor City Lions Club which has continually allowed us to hold our meetings at the same location for the past sixty years. Meetings are held every 2nd and 3rd Thursday at 11:30 AM and all are invited.

Gonzmart Honored by Ybor City Lions Club With Victor E. Dimaio Annual Achievement Award

Richard GonzmartRichard Gonzmart, fourth generation family member and president of the Columbia Restaurant Group, was honored in July by the Ybor City Lions Club with its Victor E. DiMaio Annual Achievement Award at a banquet held at Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City.

The Victor E. DiMaio Annual Achievement Award, named for one of the founders of the Ybor City Lions Club, has been given each year for the past 22 years to an individual or entity that, excels in promoting and enhancing the Latin heritage and culture of Ybor City and the community.

Past winners include former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco, former Tampa City Council member Mary Alvarez and Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, a Tampa native best known as the personal physician and longtime cornerman for Muhammad Ali.


We wish to extend an open hand to any and all wishing to become a member of the Ybor City Lions Club.   Join us for lunch and learn a bit about The Ybor City Lions Club and the community we serve.  For more information about becoming a Lion contact Lion John Centinaro via e-mail at djcentinaro@verizon.net or via telephone at 813-933-1869.

We proudly support the community we live in by providing vision testing and eyeglasses for those in need.  We also collect used eyeglasses which are cleaned, sorted and distributed to those in need around the world.  Some of the fundraising projects we hold each year include our Annual Award of Achievement honoring long time Tampa resident Victor DiMaio, our annual March Raffle and our famous Bocce Tournaments.

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