Pancake lovers nationwide once again will flock to their local IHOP restaurant to enjoy one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in celebration of the brand’s annual National Pancake Day on Mar. 8.
Now in its 11th year, IHOP restaurants will give away millions of free pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and ask guests to leave behind a voluntary donation for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Shriners Hospital for Children, and other local charities.
In what has become a cultural phenomenon during the past 10 years, National Pancake Day has raised $20 million for meaningful local charities. Last year alone, IHOP restaurants served 6.6 million free pancakes — which would have created a stack nearly 19 miles high — and raised $3.5 million for children’s charities.
In 2016, IHOP aims to raise another $3.5 million. All donations collected will remain in the local communities where they are raised and will be used to fund lifesaving equipment, research, community outreach events, educational tools, and much more.
This year, in keeping with the focus on bringing neighbors together to help the community, local members of Kiwanis International and its affiliated clubs, including Key Club and Circle K, will join volunteers from the charities to help spread the message in the restaurants that every donation matters.
“Every pancake we give away has a purpose on National Pancake Day. Through the generosity of our guests and the hard work and commitment of our franchisees and their team members, we will help fund lifesaving treatment and care for children in need,” said Darren Rebelez, president, International House of Pancakes LLC. “On behalf of everyone in the IHOP family, we are so grateful to our guests who have turned this into such an incredible event that truly makes a difference in the lives of these kids.”
Prior to National Pancake Day, participating IHOP restaurants supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals are selling“Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5. The balloons are available for purchase through Mar. 8. Guests who purchase a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 discount coupon that can be used during their next visit to IHOP. Restaurant locations that are supporting Shriners Hospitals for Children and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will offer similar programs.
For more information on National Pancake Day, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.