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VIDEO: IHOP to serve free pancakes on National Pancake Day Tuesday

SAN DIEGO -- To raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities, IHOP restaurants will offer each guest a free stack of its buttermilk pancakes on Tuesday, Feb. 28 - National Pancake Day.

The company has set its most ambitious fundraising goal yet, hoping to raise at least $2.7 million for charity during its seventh annual free pancake event

“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.”

Throughout the 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 between 7 am and 10 pm. In return, customers are encouraged to make a voluntary donation to support the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or another local charity.

Guest donations will help Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals purchase equipment and fund a variety of life-saving procedures and treatments for seriously ill or injured children.

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.

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For more information about IHOP’s National Pancake Day, or to learn more about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and make an online donation, click HERE.