Monday, February 8, 2010


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
This year, IHOP is hoping to stack up more donations than ever before,
with a goal to raise $1.75 million, for a total of $5 million five
years with its National Pancake Day fundraising effort. To find a
local IHOP or to donate online,
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
Charlotte area will benefit the Children's Miracle Network program at
Levine Children's Hospital.
WHEN: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2010, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
WHERE: Participating IHOP restaurants nationwide.
Fun Facts From National Pancake Day 2009:
· Pancake lovers donated nearly $1.5 million to children's
charities, far exceeding the fundraising goal.
· IHOP served more than 2.5 million free pancakes on National
Pancake Day 2009.
· All of the free pancakes served on National Pancake Day would
create a stack more than 20 miles high.
· Since the inception of National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP has
raised more than $3.25 million and given away more than 6.1 million
pancakes to support charities in the communities in which it operates.
· National Pancake Day 2009 was IHOP's largest one-day event in
the company's 51-year history.
For 51 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
September 30, 2009, there were 1,433 IHOPs in 50 states,Canada and
Mexico. 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).
***NOTE: For centuries, the English have 'flipped' for pancakes in
celebration of Shrove Tuesday, which heralds the beginning of fasting
during Lent. Long ago, 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. IHOP introduced "National Pancake Day" (which always
takes place in February) as a tribute to the centuries old tradition,
but more importantly thank guests for their patronage and give back to
the community.