On Tuesday, February 27 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. IHOP is celebrating National Pancake Day. The restaurants in Springfield, Decatur, Jacksonville and Greenup will be giving away free short stacks* of IHOP’s original buttermilk pancakes. In return, guests are asked to help make a difference by leaving a donation of any size, on-check or in-restaurant, to HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital.
It is the 13th annual IHOP National Pancake Day and the centerpiece of the restaurant chain’s 60 days of giving campaign. As the brand’s signature philanthropic event, IHOP National Pancake Day and all related activities directly benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities dedicated to finding cures and eradicating life-threatening diseases that affect children and families.
To mark its 60th year in business, IHOP and its franchisees have set a goal of raising $5 million for children’s hospitals and medical research nationally during the two-month campaign – plus serving a record-breaking five million pancakes in a single day. All the money raised during the campaign at participating IHOPs in our area will stay local and directly benefit the kids at St. John’s Children’s Hospital. For example, in 2017, the money raised on IHOP’s National Pancake Day funded the child life program, music therapy and more at St. John’s Children’s Hospital.
“For 60 years, IHOP and our franchisees have made it our mission to support the communities we serve. IHOP National Pancake Day is our declaration to pancake lovers everywhere that we are committed to giving back in meaningful ways,” said Darren Rebelez, president of IHOP. “At IHOP, we think doing good is delicious. Every stack of pancakes we serve on our signature day counts towards helping our charity partners improve the health and lives of millions of children and families across the country.”
Funds raised during the IHOP National Pancake Day campaign help kids like Peyton Skrysak. Born at 22 weeks, Peyton was in the fight of her life. She overcame incredible odds and today is the “Princess of the NICU,” enjoys painting, dance class and eating doughnuts.
To help bolster efforts, the brand has again teamed up with leading global service organization, Kiwanis International, who will serve as the official volunteer partner for IHOP National Pancake Day.
With the help of millions of guests and communities, IHOP and its franchisees have raised close to $30 million to-date for youth health, wellness and educational organizations.
For more information on IHOP National Pancake Day and the 60 Days of Giving campaign, including restaurant hours and charity support by restaurant, please visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.
* Limit one offer per guest. One free short stack of Buttermilk Pancakes on February 27, 2018 from 7 am – 7 pm: participating restaurants and hours may vary. Check with your local IHOP restaurant for details. Dine-in only.
About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Center, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.
ABOUT CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity's Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit's mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children's hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals .