Get Free Pancakes on IHOP® National Pancake Day® and Help CMN Hospitals

CMN Hospitals Miracle Child Carson and Miss America 2016 Savvy Shields celebrate at IHOP for National Pancake Day, March 3. Photo Credit: Michael Teak Photography

SALT LAKE CITY (February 1, 2017) — IHOP® Restaurants recently announced the kickoff of its 12th annual IHOP National Pancake Day® campaign. As part of its celebration, the global restaurant chain has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities with the goal of raising $3.5 million to help find cures for life-threatening diseases affecting children and families everywhere.

On Tuesday, March 7, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. — with select locations participating until 10 p.m. — guests can receive a free short stack* of the brand’s world-famous Buttermilk Pancakes at participating IHOP restaurants coast to coast. In return, guests are asked to help make a difference by leaving a donation for what they would have paid for the pancakes — or more — with all funds going to the charity partners’ local hospital affiliate.

IHOP National Pancake Day is the brand’s signature day of giving and underscores its longstanding commitment to helping families create more moments together. This year, IHOP expects to serve a record-breaking five million pancakes in a single day.

“IHOP and our franchisees are honored to partner with leading non-profit organizations like Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and Shriners Hospitals for Children for our IHOP National Pancake Day event and help fight serious childhood illnesses,” said Darren Rebelez, president, IHOP Restaurants. “Year after year, we look forward to celebrating with our guests and fans, and are amazed by their generosity. Every pancake served on IHOP National Pancake Day has a purpose, and every penny raised goes a long way in making a meaningful and lasting impact on so many kids and families in our communities.”

Since launching in 2006, millions of guests and communities have helped IHOP and its franchisees raise $24 million to-date for youth health and wellness organizations. All the money raised on IHOP National Pancake Day for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals stays local and goes directly to providing life-saving medical treatment for children in need.

To further amplify IHOP National Pancake Day efforts, the brand has joined with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals partner and leading global service organization, Kiwanis International, and has inked an agreement that makes the nonprofit the official volunteer partner for this year’s event. Thousands of Kiwanis Club and Key Club members, along with local hospital volunteers, are expected to turn out at IHOP restaurants nationwide on event day to support the efforts for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising.

Now through March 7, guests visiting U.S. IHOP restaurant supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals can help reach the ambitious $3.5 million goal by purchasing a paper “Miracle Balloon” to publicly pledge support. Select IHOP restaurants will be offering a discount coupon that can be used on a future visit with the purchase of a Miracle Balloon Wall Icon.**

For the fourth consecutive year, funds raised in Canada will benefit Children’s Miracle Network.

For more information on IHOP National Pancake Day, including restaurant hours and charity support by restaurant, and please visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.

*Guests can receive one free short stack of Buttermilk Pancakes at participating IHOP restaurants nationwide on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 (National Pancake Day) from 7a.m.-7p.m.; some location hours may vary. Please check with your local IHOP for exact hours of participation. Limit one offer per guest.  Dine-in only.

**Guests should check with their local IHOP restaurant to see about qualifying Wall Icons that include a coupon for a future visit.

About International House of Pancakes, LLC
For 58 years, IHOP has been a leader, innovator and expert in all things breakfast, any time of day. The chain offers 65 different signature, fresh, made-to-order breakfast options, a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items as well as meals under 600 calories. IHOP restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. Today, there are more than 1,700 IHOP restaurants worldwide, including locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam as well as Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, The Philippines, and Panama. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN) and its affiliates.

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 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 various 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, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

About Kiwanis International
Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of clubs and members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs, including Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14–18, Builders Club for students age 11–14, K-Kids for students age 6–12 and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities, annually dedicate more than 18.5 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises more than 702,000 adult and youth members in more than 79 countries and geographic areas. Visit www.kiwanis.org for more information.

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