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IHOP offers free pancakes Feb. 5


By JRC staff

Friday, February 1, 2013

International House of Pancakes is again offering a free stack of buttermilk pancakes to customers on Feb. 5, National Pancake Day, as part of its fundraising for the Children’s Miracle Network.
The restaurant chain is hoping to raise $3 million during this eighth annual fundraising effort. IHOP asks customers to donate money to Children’s Miracle Network rather than paying for the stack of pancakes, with donations of any amount being accepted. “One hundred percent of the donations will help local charities provide vital equipment, life-saving procedures and critical care for sick and injured children,” read a press release from IHOP.
The restaurant chain has raised a total of $10 million for Children’s Miracle Network and other nonprofits over the past eight years it has given out free pancakes for National Pancake Day.
“Millions of free pancakes served on National Pancake Day mean millions of miracles for those in need,” said Julia Stewart, interim president, IHOP and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity Inc.
“We look forward to continuing that trend this year as we plan to once again flip and serve about 4 million free pancakes for charity.”
IHOP is also selling paper balloons for $1 and $5 with all proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network. Those purchasing a paper balloon for $5 will receive a $5 discount off their next visit to the restaurant.
You can receive your free stack of buttermilk pancakes on Feb. 5, between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
Can’t get to an IHOP that Tuesday, but still want to donate to the Children’s Miracle Network? You can do so by logging onto www.ihoppancakeday.com where you can also find a local IHOP.
Children’s Miracle Network raises funds for 170 nonprofit children’s hospitals who are then free to use the money where it is needed most.