IHOP Aims to Raise $2.7 Million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Other Local Charities on National Pancake Day
GLENDALE, CA, Jan 04, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --IHOP, one of America's favorite restaurants for breakfast, lunch and
dinner, will once again invite guests to enjoy free pancakes while
supporting a worthy cause as part of the company's philanthropic
National Pancake Day on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Setting its most
ambitious fundraising objective yet at $2.7 million, the
family-friendly restaurant chain hopes that this seventh year will be
lucky for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other local
"Although every day can be made an IHOP day, there is only one
National Pancake Day, so we look forward to seeing our regulars and
new guests on February 28," said Jean Birch, IHOP's president. "The
generosity of our guests, franchisees and team members is evidence of
what makes IHOP special, and what has allowed us to surpass our
ambitious fundraising targets each year. Our goal is to make this
seventh year the most successful to date, and bring the cumulative
total raised for charities to more than $10 million."
On National Pancake Day, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants throughout
the United States will serve each guest a free short stack of IHOP's
signature buttermilk pancakes all day long, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In
return, guests are encouraged to make a voluntary donation to support
the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital or another local
charity. Guest donations have helped Children's Miracle Network
Hospitals purchase equipment and fund a variety of life-saving
procedures and treatments for seriously ill or injured children.
Participating IHOP restaurants will also raise funds for Children's
Miracle Network Hospitals during the month of February through the
sale of "Miracle Balloons" for $1 and $5 each. Personalized and
displayed in the restaurants, Miracle Balloons offer guests an
additional way to show their support of Children's Miracle Network
Hospitals and contribute to the IHOP National Pancake Day fundraising
effort. Guests who purchase a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a
coupon good for $5 off their next visit with a $20 purchase.
National Pancake Day is the best known of IHOP's initiatives to
support the communities in which it operates. Since the first
celebration of National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP, its guests,
franchisees and team members have raised nearly $8 million. In 2011
alone, IHOP served more than four million free pancakes and raised
more than $2.5 million in support of Children's Miracle Network
Hospitals and other local charities.
For more information about IHOP's National Pancake Day, or to learn
more about Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and make an online
donation, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.
ABOUT CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS
Network Hospitals raises funds for more than 170 children's hospitals
across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money
where it's needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the
community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network
Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time.
These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase
equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the
mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as
possible. Learn more at CMNHospitals.org.
For 53 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. As of September 30, 2011, there were 1,532
IHOPs in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in
Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Under the licensed name IHOP at HOME(TM) consumers can also enjoy a
line of premium breakfast products available at leading retailers.
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 TO EDITORS: 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. To allow for a full month of fundraising for Children's
Miracle Network Hospitals, IHOP's National Pancake Day will take
place a week after Shrove Tuesday, on Tuesday, February 28.