IHOP Pancake Day Benefits Phoenix Children's Hospital
In celebration of National Pancake Day, IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer each guest a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, which benefits Phoenix Children’s Hospital in our area on Tuesday, February 28th, 2012, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
For every delicious short stack of buttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day, IHOP guests are invited to make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network. Donations made at IHOPs in the Phoenix area will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
This year, IHOP is hoping to stack up more donations than ever before, with a goal to raise $2.7 million, for a total of more than $7.65 million in six years with its National Pancake Day fundraising effort. Last year, local IHOPs raised $53,220 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital - $13,000 more than the previous year.
Visit participating IHOP restaurants nationwide, including the 29 Phoenix area locations. To find a local IHOP or to donate online, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.
NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY FUN FACTS:
- IHOP served four million free pancakes on National Pancake Day 2011 and pancake lovers donated more than $2.1 million to children’s charities, far exceeding the fundraising goal.
- All of the free pancakes served on National Pancake Day 2011 would have created a stack more than 31.5 miles high.
- Since the inception of National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP has raised almost $8 million and given away more than 10.1 million pancakes to support charities in the communities in which it operates.
- National Pancake Day 2011 was IHOP’s largest one-day event in the company’s 52-year history.
- 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.
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About Phoenix Children's Hospital
Phoenix Children’s Hospital, ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals, is Arizona’s only licensed children’s hospital, providing world-class care in more than 40 pediatric specialties to children from throughout the state and region. Phoenix Children’s is in the midst of a major expansion to meet the needs of the Southwest’s rapid population growth. The signature element of the expansion is a new 11-story, 750,000-square-foot tower which will enable the hospital to grow from 426 licensed beds today to a total of 626 licensed beds once the project is complete. The hospital’s expansion also includes an aggressive physician recruitment effort and new satellite centers in high growth areas of the Valley. For more information, visit the hospital’s web site at www.phoenixchildrens.com.
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. IHOP offers its guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. The first IHOP opened in Toluca Lake, Calif. in 1958, and as of June 30, 2010, there were 1,476 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).