Thursday, February 9, 2012

IHOP Promotes Free Pancakes for a Cause with Wake Up Calls and Online Contest

IHOP® is launching two programs to raise awareness for its annual free pancake giveaway fundraiser benefiting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities.  The family-friendly restaurant chain invites pancake lovers to receive a wake up call on February 28, 2012 – IHOP’s National Pancake Day – from a teen heartthrob, an NFL Hall of Famer, a GRAMMY®-nominated singer, or one of the most beautiful women in America.  Flapjack fanatics can also participate in IHOP’s “Stacks for Good Acts” national online contest, which will reward one lucky winner with a year’s supply of free pancakes on National Pancake Day. 

GET A WAKE UP CALL FROM A CELEBRITY! To spread the word about National Pancake Day, several Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ celebrity supporters have joined forces to “wake up” fans and encourage them to seek out free pancakes on Tuesday, February 28.  Hotcake enthusiasts can register to receive a wake up call on National Pancake Day from NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals co-founders John Schneider and Marie Osmond, singers David Archuleta and GRAMMY-nominated Jordin Sparks, Twilight star Boo Boo Stewart, Disney XD star Brendan Meyer, and the recently crowned Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler. Wake up calls can be requested at through Friday, February 24, 2012.

WIN FREE PANCAKES FOR A YEAR! National Pancake Day is also an exciting date for participants in IHOP’s “Stacks For Good Acts” online contest, which invites good Samaritans to submit a story of 250 words or less about a good deed they or someone they know did in 2011.  The author of the winning entry, who will be announced on National Pancake Day, will receive free pancakes for one year (defined as one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes per day for 365 days).  Entries will be judged on emotional impact, originality and entertainment value, and they can be submitted anytime at between now and the end of the contest at 11:59 p.m. ET on February 24, 2012.  Complete "Stacks for Good Acts" contest rules can be found at

EAT A FREE SHORT STACK AND SUPPORT CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS! On National Pancake Day, Tuesday, February 28, 2012, IHOP will give guests one free short stack of its signature buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at more than 1,500 restaurants throughout the United States. In return, IHOP will ask guests to make a voluntary donation to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities, hoping to break a record by raising more than $2.7 million.

about National Pancake Day, to find a local IHOP, or to donate to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, please visit

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