02/17/2009


IHOP ‘flips’ for WVU Children’s Hospital with its fourth National Pancake Day Celebration

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Diners at IHOP restaurants across West Virginia will have the opportunity to help patients at West Virginia University Children’s Hospital just by eating a stack of pancakes.

On Feb. 24, IHOP will celebrate National Pancake Day at restaurants across the country. From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., the restaurant’s patrons can enjoy a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes and, in turn, make a donation to IHOP’s national charity partner, Children’s Miracle Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America.

Statewide, all the funds raised will benefit WVU Children’s Hospital, a Children’s Miracle Network hospital. Restaurants in Beckley, Charleston, South Charleston, Barboursville and Morgantown will be participating. In addition, those restaurants will be selling Children’s Miracle Network balloons through Feb. 24. Each balloon costs $1.

National Pancake Day dates back to a centuries-old tradition known as “Shrove Tuesday,” or the more popular “Mardi Gras,” which precedes the beginning of fasting during Lent. Many years ago, strict rules prohibited the eating of dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk and butter. This practice eventually came to be known as Pancake Tuesday.

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.

Each year, WVU Children’s Hospital provides care to more than 7,000 newborns and children, who come from every county in West Virginia and also from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio. On average, 1,600 babies are born annually at WVU Children’s Hospital. Almost three-quarters of the deliveries are high-risk. WVU Children’s Hospital physicians provide care for children at the hospital in Morgantown and at clinics throughout the state.

For information on the campaign or to find an IHOP location see www.ihop.com.

For information on WVU Children’s Hospital see www.wvukids.com.

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For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
jonesan@wvuh.com
asj: 02-09-09

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