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February 5, 2013 | 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Category: Fund Raiser
Location: Participating SE Michigan IHOP Restaurants
2701 E Jefferson Ave
Detroit, MI 48207
Cost: FREE
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Parents, Prospective Students, Staff

IHOP's 8th National Pancake Day to benefit Beaumont Children's Hospital

Batter up, breakfast lovers! On Tuesday, Feb. 5, IHOP restaurants will invite guests to enjoy a free short stack of pancakes for donations to benefit Beaumont Children's Hospital and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. It will be IHOP's eighth annual National Pancake Day.

National Pancake Day is IHOP's largest philanthropic event of the year. More than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will participate by offering guests IHOP’s signature buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests can then make a voluntary contribution to benefit Beaumont Children’s Hospital. One hundred percent of the donations stay local and help purchase vital medical equipment that provide life-saving procedures for more than 100,000 sick and injured children treated at Beaumont each year.

There are 10 participating locations in Southeast Michigan including: Bloomfield Hills, Brighton, Dearborn Heights, Detroit, Livonia, Roseville, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights, Woodhaven and Ypsilanti.

“IHOP has been a strong partner of Beaumont Children’s Hospital and Children’s Miracle Network for the past several years,” says Matthew Romkey, associate director of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Beaumont Health System. “Their efforts, along with those of their customers, make National Pancake Day very special for the children and families of Beaumont Hospital.”

Romkey adds that guests visiting participating IHOP restaurants between now and National Pancake Day will have the option to purchase CMN “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5 each. All of the proceeds from balloon sales are also designated for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. IHOP patrons buying $5 miracle balloons will receive a $5 discount coupon that can be credited toward their next IHOP visit.

For more information on National Pancake Day, or to learn about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and make an online donation, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.

ABOUT CHILDREN’s MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS:  Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 nonprofit children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada. Beaumont Children’s Hospital is the Southeast Michigan Children’s Miracle Network affiliated hospital. When a donation is given to CMN, it stays in the community, helping local kids. Learn more at CMNhospitals.org.

ABOUT IHOP: For 54 years, IHOP has been a leader and expert in all things breakfast and a leader in family dining. The chain offers 65 different signature, made-from-scratch breakfast options as well as a full range of breakfast, lunch and dinner options. In 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. Learn more at ihop.com.

BACKGROUND ON PANCAKE DAY: 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. IHOP’s National Pancake Day will take place a week before Shrove Tuesday on Feb. 5.

For more information about this event, please contact Matthew Romkey at 2485515396.