Mommy Blog Expert: National Pancake Day Giveaway March 1st at Your Local IHOP - Raising Awareness for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

National Pancake Day Giveaway March 1st at Your Local IHOP - Raising Awareness for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals



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National Pancake Day
March 1, 2011
Photo from IHOPPancakeDay.com

IHOP will give guests one free short stack of their signature buttermilk pancakes on March 1, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., at more than 1,500 restaurants throughout the United States.

In return, IHOP asks that guests make a voluntary donation to support local children's hospitals through Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities.

Additionally, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals' "Miracle Balloons" are being sold for $1 and $5 each and can be personalized and displayed at participating IHOP restaurants now through March 1, 2011.  Miracle Balloons offer guests an additional way to show their support of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and contribute to the IHOP National Pancake Day fundraising effort.

IHOP launched its National Pancake Day fundraising effort in 2006 with the goal to benefit the communities in which it operates. Last year's fundraiser was the largest one-day event in IHOP's 52-year history as four million pancakes were given away and more than $2.1 million was
raised for local children's hospitals and other worthy causes. 

Of Historical Note
Pancake Day is a tradition that dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products...hence the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday.  In 2011, IHOP's National Pancake Day will come one week early, as the popular annual campaign has evolved into a month-long celebration that takes place during the month of February. It will culminate with the free flapjack giveaway on March 1.

For more information about National Pancake Day, to find a local IHOP, or to donate to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals visit IHOPPancakeDay.com 

About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals(r) raises funds for 170 children's hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it's needed most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids.  Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time.  These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.  Learn more at CMNHospitals.org.

About IHOP
For 52 years, the IHOP family restaurant chain has served its world famous pancakes and a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner items that are loved by people of all ages.  There are IHOPs in 50 states and the District of Columbia, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based International House of Pancakes, LLC and its affiliates. International House of Pancakes, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN).


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