Today is a holiday that doesn’t show up on a lot of calendars, but it’s okay to put away your calorie counters for one day and celebrate anyway.
According to IHOP’s website, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on February 28, the International House of Pancakes is inviting guests to celebrate National Pancake Day with a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes. They are requesting that customers consider leaving a donation for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities.
IHOP first partnered with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in 2006, with the first National Pancake Day, according to the Christian Science Monitor. It is the restaurant’s busiest day of the year, and 70 percent of the funds are raised on National Pancake Day.
According to their website, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals began in 1983, and has raised more than $4.3 billion since 2011. They were founded by Marie Osmond and her family.
CBS DC reported that IHOP has given away more than 14 million pancakes in the history of National Pancake Day. Thy will be served at more than 1,500 locations nationwide.
IHOP claims to have raised nearly $8 million in support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Their goal in 2012 is to raise $2.7 million, to bring their overall total past $10 million. A list of restaurants in New Jersey is available here.