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IHOP's National Pancake Day: Free pancakes for a good cause

Stacey Acma, Kapiolani Children's Miracle Network Stacey Acma, Kapiolani Children's Miracle Network

HONOLULU (Hawaii News Now) - Free pancakes! Nuff said, right? You're there. But think about this: while you're pounding that stack of heavenly fluff you could be helping out some kids in need.

On February 28, 2012, which is IHOP's National Pancake 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 all day long, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In return, guests are encouraged to make a voluntary donation to support the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital or another local charity. Guest donations have helped Children's Miracle Network Hospitals purchase equipment and fund a variety of life-saving procedures and treatments for seriously ill or injured children.

Participating IHOP restaurants will also raise funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals during the month of February through the sale of "Miracle Balloons" for $1 and $5 each. Personalized and displayed in the restaurants, Miracle Balloons offer guests an additional way to show their support of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and contribute to the IHOP National Pancake Day fundraising effort. Guests who purchase a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a coupon good for $5 off their next visit with a $20 purchase.

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.

For more information about IHOP's National Pancake Day, or to learn more about Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and make an online donation, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.

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