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Jump for joy! Mar. 4 is IHOP® National Pancake Day

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So when can you get free pancakes and help raise money for charity?

Next Tuesday at IHOP®.

On Mar. 4, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants in the United States – and for the first time Canada and Puerto Rico – will serve free short stacks (two pancakes) of buttermilk pancakes for 15 straight hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Your buy-in?

A voluntary donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and other local charities.

IHOP’s® goal?

To raise $3 million.

Millions upon millions of pancakes

It’s not as if they don’t know how.

In the past eight years, IHOP® has scraped together $13 million, all of which goes to support children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

“I’m especially proud that what started as a grass roots effort in a few IHOP markets nine years ago has now grown into a significant and truly international event,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, International House of Pancakes, LLC and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc.

“This year, with the continued generosity of our guests across three countries, we will be able to support wonderful charities like Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and AMANC [Associación Mexicana de Ayuda a Niños con Cáncer in Mexico] to save and improve the lives of many children in the communities we serve,” she said.

In Mexico, IHOP restaurants will offer a stack of two buttermilk pancakes for 29 pesos to be donated to AMANC to provide accommodations and resources to children undergoing treatment for cancer and their families.

Why Tuesday?

Mar. 4 is Shrove or “Pancake” Tuesday.

In preparation for Lenten fasting and because of very strict Church rules that prohibit eating dairy products, soon-to-be penitents use up their fresh eggs, milk, butter, etc. by making pancakes.

This had to be finished before Ash Wednesday, which is Mar. 5 this year.

Tues., Mar. 4 is also Mardi Gras, so live it up while you can.

About this year’s charities

  • Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals: Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. For more ifnformation, visit CMNHospitals.org .
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children: Twenty facilities, located in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate and other orthopedic conditions. Shriners Hospitals for Children provide innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. For more information, visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
  • AMANC (Associación Mexicana de Ayuda a Niños con Cáncer in Mexico): Since 1982, AMANC complements the medical care hospitals provide to children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer and their families with private lodging, nutritious meals, transportation, drug bank, prosthesis, psychological assistance, school programs, special support during the recuperation period of bone-marrow transplants, all kinds of recreational activities, and development workshops, so that patients and families don’t give up on their treatment due to long distances and other economic, psychological or other outside factors. There are 25 Chapters in 23 Mexican states.

About International House of Pancakes, LLC

For over 55 years, International House of Pancakes, LLC has been a leader and expert in all things breakfast and a leader in family-friendly dining. Beyond offering “everything you love about breakfast, SM” IHOP® restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service.

As of September, 2013, there were 1,602 IHOP restaurants in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, the Philippines and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information, please visit www.IHOP.com.

  • Contact: Chastidee Davis, On Behalf of IHOP’s National Pancake Day

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OFFICIAL BIO: K Truitt is a second-generation, native Floridian born in Jacksonville. Truitt worked in public higher education for 25 years and knows newspaper publishing, printing and graphic design. Contact: kt.4examiner@yahoo.com

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