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Pancakes for a Purpose: IHOP National Pancake Day to Benefit Children’s of Alabama
BIRMINGHAM – As is tradition on IHOP National Pancake Day, participating restaurants in Alabama will serve up free pancakes to benefit Children’s of Alabama on Tuesday, March 8.

Between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m., IHOP will give away short stacks of its famous buttermilk pancakes and, in turn, ask customers to donate to Children’s to celebrate this “Decade of Giving.” One hundred percent of the funds collected at Alabama IHOP restaurants will be donated to Children’s. Last year, Alabama IHOP restaurants raised more than $15,000.

Since 2006, IHOP National Pancake Day has raised approximately $15 million to provide life-saving research, programs and medical equipment for pediatric patients nationwide. Last year, IHOP raised $3.5 million and aims to raise another $3.5 million this year for Children’s and other Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH).

In the weeks leading up to IHOP National Pancake Day, participating restaurants will also sell “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5 to benefit CMNH. The balloons will be available through March 8, and all proceeds go to CMNH. Guests who purchase a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 discount coupon that can be used during their next dining visit.

“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 life-saving treatment and care for children in need,” said Darren Rebelez, IHOP president. “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.”

Participating Alabama IHOP restaurants include:

• Athens (16211 Athens Limestone Blvd.)
• Birmingham (5243 U.S. 280) and (7748 Crestwood Blvd.)
• Decatur (1428 Beltline Road S.W.)
• Dothan (3407 Ross Clark Circle)
• Homewood (221 State Farm Pkwy.)
• Hoover (2730 John Hawkins Pkwy.)
• Huntsville (3001 S. Memorial Pkwy.)
• Madison (8622 U.S. 72 N.W.)
• Montgomery (115 Eastern Blvd.) and (2950 E. South Blvd.)
• Oxford (1904 U.S. 78)
• Pelham (2000 Pelham Pkwy.)
• Tuscaloosa (724 Skyland Blvd.)

For more information about National Pancake Day and CMNH, or to make an online donation, visit

About Children's of Alabama
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 41 other states and eight foreign countries last year, representing more than 677,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 2 million square feet, Children’s is the third largest pediatric medical facility in the U.S. More information is available at

About Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations — including all those made on IHOP National Pancake Day — stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, and learn about your member hospital at