New Jersey (PRWEB) January 21, 2013 - Batter up, breakfast lovers! Feast on pancakes and help kids at Children’s Specialized Hospital. IHOP®, one of America’s most popular family-friendly restaurants, will once again invite guests to enjoy free pancakes while celebrating Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th Anniversary during National Pancake Day on February 5, 2013. On this day, the restaurant chain hopes to raise $3 million to kick off the 2013 fundraising year for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, locally benefitting Children’s Specialized Hospital, the largest pediatric rehabilitation health care system in the United States.
During National Pancake Day, Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s largest philanthropic event of the year, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature delicious buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.
In 2012 alone, IHOP raised more than $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities. Locally, 33 IHOP locations in New Jersey support their Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals beneficiary, Children’s Specialized Hospital. Last year, over $104,000 was raised for Children’s Specialized Hospital alone.
“Millions of free pancakes served on National Pancake Day mean millions of miracles for those in need,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, IHOP and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc. “The concept is simple, but our mission is ambitious: to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.”
Philip Salerno, president and chief development officer of Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation, said, “We are grateful to IHOP for organizing this annual event and to the patrons who come out to support Children’s Specialized Hospital and other local charities.”
Guests visiting participating IHOP restaurants in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will also have the option to purchase “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5 each, throughout the month of January leading into National Pancake Day, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Those who buy a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 discount that can be credited toward their next visit.
For more information on National Pancake Day, or to learn about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and make an online donation, visit http://www.ihoppancakeday.com.
Children’s Specialized Hospital is the preeminent provider of rehabilitation services for children with special needs. The hospital serves children affected by brain injury, spinal cord injury, premature birth, autism, developmental delays, and life-changing illnesses. Children’s Specialized Hospital has ten sites in New Jersey and treats 20,000 children each year, making it the largest pediatric rehabilitation system of its kind in the nation. Services include outpatient services, acute rehabilitation, and long-term care through its sites in Bayonne, Clifton, Egg Harbor Township, Mountainside, Toms River, Fanwood, Hamilton, New Brunswick and Roselle Park as well as outreach programs in many communities. Children's Specialized Hospital Children's Specialized Hospital is an affiliate member of the Robert Wood Johnson Health System and a proud member of the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Specialized Hospital Foundation supports the programs and services of the hospital. The Foundation is ranked among the top six pediatric hospital foundations in the country. To help, or find more information: visit http://www.childrens-specialized.org; find us on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/childrensspecialized, or follow us on Twitter @ChildrensSpecNJ.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals raises funds for 170 nonprofit children’s hospitals across the United States and Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When a donation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospital has raised more than $4.3 billion, most of it $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training, purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of the mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learn more at CMNHospitals.org.
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)
Note to Editor: 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 Tuesday, February 5.
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