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11th Annual National Pancake Day raises money for local charities

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MADISON (WKOW) -- On March 8, 2016, pancake lovers nationwide will once again flock to their local IHOP restaurant to enjoy one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in celebration of the brand’s annual National Pancake Day.

Now in its 11th year, IHOP restaurants will give away millions of free pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and ask guests to leave behind a voluntary donation for their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, The Leukemia & Lymphoma SocietyShriners Hospital for Children and other local charities.

In what has become a cultural phenomenon, over the last 10 years, National Pancake Day has raised $20 million for meaningful 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.

In 2016, IHOP aims to raise another $3.5 million. All donations 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.

National Pancake Day has extended its influence beyond U.S. borders to countries such as Mexico, Canada and the Philippines.

“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.”

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