By Darla Shelden
In its eighth year, International House of Pancakes, popularly called IHOP, will again invite the public to enjoy free pancakes during National Pancake Day on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. The company’s largest philanthropic event of the year will celebrate Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th Anniversary.
With more than 1,500 participating restaurants across the country, IHOP’s National Pancake Day to date has raised more than $10 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. IHOP hopes to raise $3 million this year.
To achieve this goal, IHOP is asking for a voluntary donation from each diner. All of the money will be used to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network. Suggested donation is $5.
Jan Dunham, CMN Hospitals Director said, “Our partnership with IHOP has become stronger each year. It’s because of the big hearts of the wonderful employees wanting to give hope to kids that are fighting to overcome major health issues.”
One hundred percent of the donations will help Oklahoma City’s Children’s Hospital provide vital equipment, life-saving procedures and critical care for sick and injured children.
“Because of caring people like the IHOP employees, the kids of Oklahoma can have the opportunity to lead healthy lives,” said Dunham. “We will always be grateful for the continued support of the management and staff of IHOP Restaurants here in Oklahoma City.”
Perry Farr, IHOP’s Oklahoma City Franchise Business Consultant said, “National Pancake Day, Feb. 5, is certain to be one of the most special and memorable events at IHOP and one that all of our team members at the restaurants really look forward to and enjoy.”
“Since 2006, thanks to the generosity of our guests, we’ve raised over $10 million,” said Farr. “Our goal this year is to raise $3 million more, and I have no doubt that our guests in the Oklahoma City area will once again open their hearts – and their wallets – and give generously as they have always done while enjoying our delicious free short stack of IHOP’s famous buttermilk pancakes.”
Julia Stewart, Interim President, IHOP and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc. said, “Millions of free pancakes served on National Pancake Day means millions of miracles for those in need. The concept is simple, but our mission is ambitious; to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.”
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 non-profit children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local children.
“For the past eight years, it has been a pleasure and a privilege for all of us at IHOP to participate in this worthy event, and each year our guests have proven to be incredibly generous, helping us not only reach but surpass our goal,” said Stewart. “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.”
Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.3 billion, much of it $1 at a time, and through joint efforts with partners like IHOP. These donations have been crucial to continuing research and training, purchasing equipment and paying for uncompensated care. The entire endeavor is intended to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.
“It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that each free short stack of pancakes we serve has the potential to raise much needed funds for our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, right in the community where we work and many of us live,” said Farr.
Throughout the month of January leading into National Pancake Day, guests visiting a participating IHOP restaurant will have the opportunity to purchase “Miracle Balloons.” The balloons, priced at $1 and $5 each, celebrate Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals 30th anniversary, with all proceeds going to the hospital. Those purchasing a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 discount that can be credited toward their next visit to a participating IHOP.