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Breakfast for a change today on 'National Pancake Day'

IHOP to pile on the flapjacks to help Children's Hospital

Posted: February 19, 2009 1:13 a.m.
Updated: February 24, 2009 11:20 a.m.
 
Breakfast lovers with soft hearts can appease appetites and help sick children during IHOP’s fourth-annual National Pancake Day celebration from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. today.

“We have prepared for hundreds of people, and we’re expecting it to be as busy as a weekend day,” said Imelda Chavez, assistant manager of the IHOP on Soledad Canyon Road. “They don’t even need to purchase anything, but we would love for them to donate money for this great cause.”

IHOP restaurants nationwide will give away free short stacks of buttermilk pancakes to all guests, asking them to donate the money they would have paid for the flapjacks, or more, to the Children’s Miracle Network.

“We are basically putting our pancakes out as incentive for people to come in and donate,” Chavez said.

IHOP officials hope to raise $1 million nationwide to help charity.

All donations raised in the Los Angeles area will benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Since the inception of National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP has raised almost $2 million to support community charities.

Last year, the restaurant chain raised more than $875,000 and served more than 1.5 million pancakes for its National Pancake Day.

“I think it’s great that our company is helping out the Children’s Miracle Network,” Chavez said. “I would encourage any other company to do the same thing."

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