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BIRMINGHAM - IHOP will serve free pancakes in celebration of National Pancake Day on Tuesday, March 7, at participating restaurants across Alabama.
From 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. that day, IHOP customers can enjoy a free short stack of IHOP’s famous buttermilk pancakes and, in turn, will be asked to make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMNH) to improve the lives of children at its 170 member hospitals nationwide. One-hundred percent of the funds donated at participating Alabama IHOP locations will be donated to Children’s of Alabama, the state’s only freestanding pediatric medical facility.
IHOP restaurants began National Pancake Day in 2006. Since that year it has raised $24 million for charities. Participating IHOP restaurants in Alabama are listed at www.ihoppancakeday.com. Some location hours may vary. Limit one offer per guest. Dine-in only.
Miracle Balloons, which include IHOP coupons, will be sold for $1 and $5 each, personalized and displayed at participating IHOP restaurants, offering guests another way to show their support of Children’s and contribute to the National Pancake Day fundraising effort.
Pancake Day is a tradition that dates back several centuries to when the English prepared 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 which in most years falls on Shrove Tuesday on the Christian calendar.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is an international non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 170 children’s hospitals. Countless individuals, 90 organizations and 400 media partners unite with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to help sick and injured kids in local communities. Donations to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals create miracles by funding medical care, research and education that saves and improves the lives of 17 million children each year.
Children’s of Alabama was among the first to join Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 1983 and since then more than $40 million has been donated to Children’s through CMNH. Every dollar raised locally through CMNH partners goes directly to Children's to provide the best health care possible to ill and injured children from across the state and Southeast by funding research, patient care and advocacy.
For more than 50 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. The first IHOP opened in Toluca Lake, Calif., in 1958. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based IHOP, a subsidiary of DineEquity Inc. (NYSE: DIN).
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 US News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama, 46 other states and seven foreign countries last year, representing more than 676,000 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. For more information, visit childrensal.org.