MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Pancake lovers, it’s time to prepare for a breakfast like no other. You can enjoy a short stack of pancakes while supporting West Virginia University Children’s Hospital.

On Feb. 5, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will be celebrating the 8th National Pancake Day. IHOP is inviting guests to enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In return, guests will be given the opportunity to make a donation to IHOP’s national charity partner, Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. Also, throughout the month of January leading into National Pancake Day, restaurant guests will have the option to purchase “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5 each, with all proceeds going to CMN hospitals.

Funds raised at seven IHOP restaurants will benefit WVU Children’s Hospital, which is the only CMN hospital in West Virginia. Participating restaurants include Morgantown, Bridgeport, South Charleston, Charleston, Barboursville, Beckley and Ashland, Ky. In 2012, those seven IHOP locations raised a record $23,354 for WVU Children’s Hospital.

“The success of Pancake Day depends on the people who go out to their local IHOP restaurants and support it. Last year, Pancake Day was a huge success for us because of the generosity of the people in those seven communities,” Cheryl Jones, R.N., director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “We are grateful for their continued support and look forward to continuing this partnership long into the future.”

There is a limit of one free short stack per guest, and the offer is valid at participating restaurants for dine-in only while supplies last. It is not valid with any other offer, special, coupon or discount.

Pancake Day is a tradition that dates back several centuries to when the English prepared for fasting during Lent.  Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products, hence the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday.  The IHOP National Pancake Day fundraiser is planned in February each year in honor of this tradition.

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For more information: Angela Jones-Knopf, News Service Coordinator, 304-293-7087
rd: 01-16-13