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Locally, IHOP's National Pancake Day Benefits Maria Fareri Children's Hospital
01/22/2013

Contacts:

For Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center:

Andy LaGuardia; (914) 493-6532; laguardia@wcmc.com
David Billig; (914) 493-8028; billigd@wcmc.com

For IHOP:

Terry Wills/Angela Ibarra; (310) 546-1212

FREE PANCAKES AT IHOP FEBRUARY 5

Donations Collected at Hudson Valley & Fairfield County IHOP Restaurants will Benefit Children Treated at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center

WHAT: 
For the eighth consecutive year, IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer each guest a free short stack of its famous buttermilk pancakes on National Pancake Day in an effort to kick off Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th Anniversary, as well to raise awareness and funds for other local charities. 

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center is a member of  Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and the children’s hospital for New York’s Hudson Valley region and Connecticut’s Fairfield County. Since all donations  to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals stay local, contributions made on National Pancake Day at area IHOP restaurants* will benefit Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center and the care of the region’s most seriously ill and injured children.

WHY: 
For every short stack of buttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day, IHOP guests are encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. IHOP hopes to raise $3 million nationally this year, with a goal to bring the total amount of funds raised to more than $13 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. To learn more or donate online, visit www.westchestermedicalcenter.com/pancakeday.

WHEN: 
Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

WHERE: IHOP restaurants in the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County participating on behalf of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center include:

  • Westchester County:  Hartsdale, Larchmont, Mohegan Lake, Yonkers
  • Rockland County:  Spring Valley Marketplace, Palisades Center
  • Orange County:  Newburgh, Middletown
  • Dutchess County: Poughkeepsie
  • Fairfield County: Stamford 

National Pancake Day Fun Facts:

  • IHOP served four million free pancakes on National Pancake Day 2012 and pancake lovers donated more than $3 million to children’s charities, exceeding the fundraising goal of $2.7 million.
  • All of the free pancakes served on National Pancake Day 2012 would create a stack nearly 16 miles high.
  • Since the inception of National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP has raised more than $10 million and given away more than 18 million pancakes to support charities in the communities where it operates.  
  • National Pancake Day 2012 was IHOP’s largest one-day event in the company’s 54-year history.

ABOUT IHOP

For 54 years, IHOP has been a leader and expert in all things breakfast and a leader in family dining. The chain is highly competitive in its menu offering, serving 65 different signature, made-from-scratch breakfast options as well as a range of meals  under 600 calories. Beyond offering “everything you love about breakfast,” IHOP has a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items, as well. IHOP offers its guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. As of September 30, 2012, there were 1,565 IHOPs in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Under the licensed name IHOP at HOME® consumers can also enjoy a line of premium breakfast products available at leading retailers. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based International House of Pancakes, LLC and its affiliates. International House of Pancakes, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN)

ABOUT MARIA FARERI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER

Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center is the advanced care pediatric facility for
New York's Hudson Valley region and Fairfield County, Connecticut. As home to the region’s only pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric transplant program, burn care and cardiac catheterization programs, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital cares for the area’s most seriously ill and injured kids. For more information including a video tour of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, please visit www.westchestermedicalcenter.com/mfch

Editors Note: Pancake Day is a tradition that dates back several centuries to when the English prepared for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products…hence the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday. In 2013, IHOP’s National Pancake Day will be celebrated a week early, on February 5.

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