Loma Linda holding celebrity waiter event Aug. 25 to benefit Mundt Cardiology Fund
By Matthew Kent
Loma Linda is gearing up for the fourth annual celebrity waiter event Aug. 25 that is intended to raise funds so a heart transplant program at the University of Toledo Medical Center can be revived once again.
The fundraiser in Swanton, known as From the Heart, has grown in popularity over the years, and started after local restaurateurs, Alfred and Adela Mundt, decided to give back to UTMC after Alfred received a heart transplant, said Jeanie Kunzer, manager and longtime partner of Loma Linda. Jeanie said the event will feature special celebrity waiters such as UT men’s basketball coach Tod Kowalczyk, UT women’s volleyball coach Greg Smith, in addition to UT doctors and other individuals from the area.
Loma Linda got its start in 1955 after Connie Barron and her husband started it with Adela’s mother, Ventura Cavazos, and has become a staple of the Toledo area for Mexican food. Mike Kunzer, who also runs the business with Jeanie, said his father and his step-mother, Adela, bought the restaurant in 1964 from Connie.
Mike said the restaurant is particularly known for its nachos and bean dip, burritos, fajitas and enchiladas, and offers lunch specials every day. Jeanie said that Adela, who died in February at the age of 77, would want the event to continue and hopes to raise $50,000 this year for the Mundt Cardiology Fund at UTMC.
The fundraiser also features raffle tickets that can be purchased for $10 each with giveaways including a $10,000 gift certificate to Anderson’s, a silver Pandora bracelet donated by Adela, usage of the UT basketball and football suites during a game for 20 guests, $300 worth of gift certificates to Loma Linda and Ventura’s, in addition to numerous other items. A maximum of 3,000 tickets will be sold and Jeanie said she expects a good turnout again this year when the 5 p.m. event begins.
“There’s so many people (Adela) helped out and I want her never to be forgotten,” she said.
“It’s a really good night. It’s just phenomenal how many people have come together for this.”
Show your support for local businesses! Call Jeanie and Mike at 419-865-5455; visit Loma Linda at 10400 Airport Highway, Swanton; email Jeanie and Mike at email@example.com or visit the website at http://www.toledostripletreat.com/loma/.