Christmas Eve will be a day of service at the Logan Costa Vida, dedicated to raising funds for Fernando Huerta, whose wife, Bayley Zollinger Huerta, and unborn daughter, Elenna, died of injuries sustained in a multi-vehicle accident in Millard County on Dec. 17.
The fresh-Mex grill will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, and the restaurant’s owner and manager, Jim Christensen, will donate $1.00 per meal to the cause. Costa Vida employees have likewise pledged to donate their tips for the day to Huerta, and a donation jar will be available for public contributions.
The idea for the Costa Vida fundraiser originated among employees who knew Huerta through their mutual association with Cache Valley’s Hispanic community.
“They really felt the need to dive in and help,” said Christensen, “and everyone was very excited.”
Christensen’s connection to Huerta is unique in that his wife, Margo, was a labor and delivery nurse in attendance at Bayley Huerta’s birth 22 years ago.
“We had just moved to Cache Valley,” Christensen said, “and this was one of the first deliveries my wife was involved with here.”
Since then, the two families have crossed paths several times over the years at social gatherings, and Christensen’s son currently works for a division of the extended Zollinger family.
“We know of the family,” said Christensen, “and we are more than willing to help, especially given the circumstances at this time of year.”
Another effort to raise funds for Huerta is a <a href=”https://www.gofundme.com/huerta-family”>GoFundMe</a> campaign established by Alex Kuresa, a family friend. The introduction to the campaign reads, in part, “For any of those who have the means, we ask for financial assistance so that Fernando may focus on his beautiful family at this time.”
Funeral arrangements for Bayley Zollinger Huerta are under the direction of Nyman Funeral Home, with services taking place on Tuesday, Dec. 27. A full obituary has not yet been published.