Guadalajara hosts Jacinto family benefit
A benefit for the Jacinto family, owners of Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant, runs 2:30-5:30 p.m. May 15 at the restaurant in the Mariner Mall, 69 N. 28th St.
Juan Jacinto and his mother-in-law lost their lives in a car accident March 11 in Mexico. His wife, Maria, and their daughter, Jessica, were seriously injured. Money raised will help defray the family’s medical and related expenses.
According to the Amigos de Juan Jacinto, a group of local residents are organizing the benefit. Maria suffered a spinal injury that required surgery. She has begun physical therapy and is able to move her fingers, hands and feet, but not her legs. Jessica broke both legs, her hip and collarbone. She is now out of her cast, according to amigos member Mark Androsky, but isn’t walking unaided yet.
The event is a time to remember a friend, Androsky said, and to help his family, which includes two teen sons living in Superior.
"I’ve been going to the restaurant for 10 years," Androsky said. "My kids kind of grew up there."
Juan Jacinto always greeted him as "Senior Marco" with a big smile, and took time to visit and show them around the business.
"He just worked all the time," Androsky said. "He put his heart, soul and life into the restaurant."
The business-owner had a heart like a teddy bear and would give you the shirt off his back, he said.
The community has responded in kind, with an outpouring of support and more than 25 silent auction prizes.
The amigos hope to double the number of prizes and raise between $5,000 and $10,000 to support the Jacinto family.
A prayer service and dedication begins at 2:30 p.m. followed by $1 tacos and a silent auction 3-5 p.m.
Donations for the family can also be sent to Superior Choice Credit Union, Attn: Jacinto Family Benefit, 2817 Tower Ave., Superior, WI 54880. More information is available on the Amigos de Juan Jacinto Facebook page.