It’s once again time to have some pancakes with a purpose. 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 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 Hospitals and the Pediatric Programs at UF Health Jacksonville.
In what has become a cultural phenomenon over the last 10 years, National Pancake Day has raised $20 million for children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. 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.
Prior to National Pancake Day, IHOP restaurants will also sell “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5. Guests who purchase a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 discount coupon that can be used during their next IHOP visit. All donations collected in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia will benefit Wolfson Children’s Hospital and the pediatric programs at UF Health Jacksonville to purchase life-saving equipment, child life activities and educational resources.
“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.”
Stop in to these local IHOP restaurants on National Pancake Day to benefit CMN Hospitals:
7940 103rd St. Jacksonville, FL 32210
8400 Baymeadows Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32256
315 Blanding Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32073
9010 Atlantic Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32211
3322 US 90 West Lake City, FL 32055
2560 State Road 16 St. Augustine, FL 32092
1825 East/West Pky. Fleming Island, Fla 32003
1350 South Walnut St. Starke, FL 32091
1160 Boone Ave. Kingsland, GA 31548
5031 New Jesup Hwy. Brunswick, GA 31520
For more information on IHOP National Pancake Day, or to learn more about CMN Hospitals and make an online donation, visit the IHOP pancake day website.