February 22, 2011 Contact: Matt Splett
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (573) 882-5663
COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri Children’s Hospital and International House of Pancakes (IHOP) restaurants are inviting anyone with an appetite for free pancakes and supporting a good cause to the restaurant’s National Pancake Day celebration Tuesday, March 1.
The Columbia IHOP restaurant at 51 Conley Road is offering guests one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on March 1. In return, IHOP invites guests to make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network program at MU Children’s Hospital.
Representatives from Children’s Hospital, along with TJ, the official mascot of Children’s Hospital, will be at the restaurant that morning. All the money raised at the Columbia IHOP will stay local and directly benefit patients at Children’s Hospital.
This marks the sixth year that IHOP has celebrated National Pancake Day. More than 1,500 IHOP restaurants nationwide will attempt to raise $2.3 million for Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.
Since its inaugural National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised $5.35 million in support of Children’s Miracle Network and other local charities. During last year’s fundraiser, IHOP gave away four million pancakes.
Children’s Hospital is the largest and most comprehensive pediatric health care center in mid-Missouri. Housed at Women’s and Children’s Hospital, the 100-bed hospital is the only facility in mid-Missouri offering comprehensive, specialized children’s services such as neonatal transport, child life therapy, a pediatric intensive care unit and a pediatric hematology and oncology outpatient unit.