Patrizia’s Restaurant of Red Bank raises $60,000 for Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation

March 02, 2017

Mountainside, NJ:  Patrizia’s of Red Bank, NJ hosted their third annual “Miracle Night” for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and raised $60,000 for the local beneficiary, Children’s Specialized Hospital.

Lou Maschi, one of the owners of Patrizia’s has been involved with Children’s Specialized Hospital for nine years, through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partnership with IHOP.  Maschi owns the IHOP in Brick, NJ and has held the distinction of being the highest fundraising IHOP in the country for several years. 

“I have seen first-hand what Children’s Specialized Hospital does and how successful they are at creating miracles,” said Maschi.  “Supporting the hospital became a passion for me and I take great pride in doing what I can do the hospital and champion families.” 

Three years ago, his affiliation expanded to the Red Bank community with a dinner and silent auction fundraiser at Patrizia’s.  This year, a crowd of 125 people came together, including one special young lady, Kaitlin Clutter. 

Kaitlin is Lou’s inspiration for all of his fundraising efforts.  Lou met Kaitlin at 8 years old and recently lit a candle at her sweet 16 birthday party.   Kaitlin is a longtime patient of Children’s Specialized Hospital, who she credits for her learning to walk, despite her diagnosis of Spina Bfida.  Kaitlin’s parents were told by doctors that she may never walk or talk when she was born.  Kaitlin has defied all of the odds with the help of Children’s Specialized Hospital and gave a beautiful speech in Lou’s honor.

The fundraising continues on National Pancake Day at IHOP on Tuesday, March 7th.  Customers receive a free short stack and are encouraged to make a donation in place of paying.  The Brick IHOP celebrates the day with singers, magicians, characters and more! 

“We’ll welcome 3,000 customers and serve 6,000 pancakes on IHOP National Pancake Day,” said Maschi.  “The day has taken on a life of its own and our community really looks forward to it.”

Children’s Specialized Hospital has more than 120 years of experience caring for children with special needs and is the state’s leader in autism diagnosis, treatment and research. The hospital serves children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays and life-changing illnesses. Children’s Specialized Hospital has 13 sites in New Jersey and treats almost 30,000 children each year, making it the largest pediatric rehabilitation system in the country.

Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges — from chronic illnesses and complex physical disabilities like brain and spinal cord injuries, to developmental and behavioral issues like autism and mental health. At thirteen different New Jersey locations, our pediatric specialists partner with families to make our many innovative therapies and medical treatments more personalized and effective...so children can achieve more of their goals.  To help, or find more information: call 888-CHILDRENS; visit www.childrens-specialized.org; Facebook: www.facebook.com/childrensspecialized; Twitter: www.twitter.com/childrensspecnj; YouTube: www.youtube.com/cshnj; LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/children's-specialized-hospital