IHOP is giving away free pancakes to anyone and everyone on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 (one week before Shrove Tuesday) to celebrate National Pancake Day, says iHop spokesperson Victoria Bors.
“On this day, the family-friendly restaurant chain is aiming to raise $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in celebration of the organization’s 30th anniversary.”
During National Pancake Day, the company’s largest philanthropic event of the year, more than 1,500 IHOP (International House of Pancakes) restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature delicious buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities.
One hundred percent of the donations will help local charities provide vital equipment, life-saving procedures and critical care for sick and injured children.
This will mark the eighth year that IHOP has held National Pancake Day, which to date has raised more than $10 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. In 2012 alone, IHOP raised more than $3.
During January customers at participating IHOP restaurants were invited to purchase “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5 each, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Those who bought a $5 Miracle Balloon received a “$5 off” credit discount toward their next visit.
For more information on National Pancake Day, or to learn about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and make an online donation, visit the IHOP Pancake Day website.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 nonprofit children’s hospitals across the US and Canada. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids.
One dollar at a time
Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.3 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 the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
Learn more at about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals here.
For 54 years, International House of Pancakes (IHOP) has been a leader in breakfasts and family dining. As of September 30, 2012 there were 1,565 IHOPs in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates and the US Virgin Islands.
Pancake Day — Shrove Tuesday
Pancake Day as a tradition dates back several centuries to when the English prepared 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.
IHOP’s February 5 National "free" Pancake Day takes place one week before Shrove Tuesday (February 12).
For more info on National Pancake Day, or to learn about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and make an online donation visit www.ihoppancakeday.com. Visit the IHOP website http://www.ihop.com/ for San Francisco Bay Area and other IHOP locations.