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Fundraiser carnival raises $118K for Rosie’s Café owner

Photo courtesy: My San Diego North County

Chef Robert Irvine of the Food Network and the TV show Restaurant Impossible Monday night presented a check for $118,549 from a fundraiser that was held in the afternoon and evening along Grand Avenue abutting Rosie’s Cafe.

The block party Monday collected $48,549.  The television show Restaurant Impossible added $50,000 to the total. Then Chef Robert Irvine added $20,000 of his own money.

The fundraiser was held to benefit Kaitlyn Rose Pilsbury, who was badly injured in a motorcycle accident over the holidays when she was hit by a auto driver who then fled the scene. She is currently in rehabilitation and her family and friends are keeping her dream alive by running Rosie’s Cafe in her absence. Irvine visited her restaurant last year for an episode of his TV show, and has since become quite close with her, comparing her to a daughter.

7 responses to “Fundraiser carnival raises $118K for Rosie’s Café owner”

  1. Frankie Cascioppo says:

    I was there this afternoon! Amazing, what a community can do when we get together!

  2. Robin Flynn says:

    It was a great event and so heartwarming to see the community come out to support this young business owner. I also have to commend Robert Irvine and the Food Network team for all their contributions as well as all the volunteers.

  3. Kevin McNamara says:

    Kaitylin is such a sweetheart and worked her tail off to make her wonderful restaurant succeed… this community is 100% behind her and will make sure all goes well !!!
    Chef Robert Irvine is a class act for sure !!! Not only has he helped Kaitylin get her business off the ground but he has stayed connected to her and is lending a much needed helping hand ! Bravo !!!

  4. Jerry Kaufman says:

    A huge Thank You to Robert Irvine, a big man with a bigger heart that has stepped up to help our “Rosie”, Kaitlyn.
    May God bless you with continued success in your business and thank you for putting others before yourself.

  5. Cammy Wesson-Cohen says:

    I volunteered and am so glad we raised so much money. It was a wonderful evert…what a terrific community. People really love Kaitlyn.

  6. Anna Tristan/Guidry says:

    This is The ESCONDIDO that I grew up in!❤😊

  7. Anna Tristan/Guidry says:

    This is The ESCONDIDO that I grew up in!❤😊

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