Free Pancake Day: IHOP Brings Back Free Pancake Day for Its Eleventh Year

Mar 08, 2016 05:49 AM EST | By Shilpa Chakravorty

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This women's day, IHOP will be also be celebrating National Pancake Day, to herald the return of free short stacks with a voluntary donation to local charities.

Free pancakes will be served from 7 am to 7 pm on March 8, 2016.

This year, the chain hopes to raise $3.5 million for Children's Miracle Network HospitalThe Leukemia & Lymphoma SocietyShriners Hospital for Children, and other local charities.

Since its first National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP has raised $20 million for local charities. Last year alone, IHOP restaurants served 6.6 million free pancakes-which would have created a stack nearly 19 miles high-and raised $3.5 million for children's charities, according to a Press Release.

This year, IHOP aims to raise an additional $3.5 million. All donations  which will be collected will remain in the local communities, where they are raised and will be used to fund life - saving equipment, research,  community outreach events, educational tools and much more.

"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, President, International House of Pancakes, LLC.

 "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," he continued, according to The Daily Meal.

Prior to hosting the National Pancake Day, the participating restaurants of IHOP that will be supporting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals will also sell "Miracle Balloons" priced at $1 and $5.

The balloons are available for purchase till March 8. Additionally, guests who purchase a $5 Miracle Balloon, will receive a $5 discount coupon, which can be used during their next visit to IHOP.

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