02/19/2010

IHOP ‘flips’ for WVU Children’s Hospital

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – With a little help from IHOP, you can have your cakes and eat them too all while benefiting West Virginia University Children’s Hospital.

On Feb. 23, 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. 23. Each balloon costs $1. Last year, IHOP restaurants in West Virginia raised more than $8,000 for WVU Children’s Hospital.

“Through this partnership with IHOP, people from all over the state are able to come together in support of WVU Children’s Hospital,” Cheryl Jones, director of WVU Children’s Hospital, said. “This goes a long way in raising awareness of the services we provide to children from the state and region.”  

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 Tuesday, also known as “Shrove Tuesday” or the more popular “Mardi Gras,” heralds the beginning of fasting during Lent. Long ago, strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up a household’s supply of eggs, milk, and butter. The IHOP National Pancake Day fundraiser is planned in February each year in honor of this tradition.

For more information on this campaign or to find an IHOP near you, see www.ihoppancakeday.com.

For more 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: 02-10-10

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