Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Miss Ohio Flips Pancakes Tomorrow In Cincinnati For Children's Miracle Network

WHAT: In celebration of National Pancake Day, IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer each guest a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in an effort to raise awareness and funds for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will begin celebrating early by having a pancake party and sharing their miracle stories at the 4825 Marburg Ave IHOP location.

WHO: Miss Ohio Becky Minger, replacing her tiara and sash with a chef’s hat and apron

Miracle Children treated at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, including 10 year-old Peyton Stephens who has an immune deficiency, vision impairment and heart problems.

WHY: For every delicious short stack of buttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day, IHOP guests are invited to make a donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This year, IHOP is hoping to stack up more donations than ever before, with a goal to raise $2.3 million, for a total of more than $7.65 million six years. To find a local IHOP or to donate online, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 23 from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

WHERE: IHOP restaurant
4825 Marburg Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45209-5012

• Pancake lovers donated more than $2.1 million to children’s charities, far exceeding the fundraising goal.
• IHOP served 4 million free pancakes on National Pancake Day 2010.
• All of the free pancakes served on National Pancake Day 2010 would have created a stack more than 31.5 miles high.
• Since the inception of National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP has raised more than $5.35 million and given away more than 10.1 million pancakes to support charities in the communities in which it operates.
• National Pancake Day 2010 was IHOP’s largest one-day event in the company’s 52-year history.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, ensuring that every dollar is helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment, and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of our mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at CMNHosptials.org.

For 52 years, the IHOP family restaurant chain has served its world famous pancakes and a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner items that are loved by people of all ages. IHOP offers its guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. The first IHOP opened in Toluca Lake, Calif. in 1958, and as of September 30, 2010, there were 1,483 IHOPs in 50 states and the District of Columbia, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based International House of Pancakes, LLC and its affiliates. International House of Pancakes, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN).

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