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Pancake Day Is One Sweet Holiday


national-pancake-day-ihopIn a time when retailers lurch from holiday to holiday – I have  developed a condition I call holiday fatigue. My doc (who is actually a vet) described it as ‘acute holiday boredom’. From Halloween to Thanksgiving to Hanukkah to Valentines to St. Patrick’s…do we really need another Hallmark holiday? In a word – No.

That’s what makes this holiday special. Tomorrow is National Pancake Day. Pancake Day? Now that is a holiday I can get behind.

Why? First, it’s about pancakes. Who doesn’t love pancakes? Second, it’s not a Hallmark event. I could not find one Pancake Day card at Target the other evening. Finally, it has a charitable twist.

Stop by IHOP (the International House of Pancakes) on March 4th for National Pancake Day where you can enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes. In return for the free pancakes, guests will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or other designated local charities. How sweet is that?

Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP restaurants have raised $13 million to support charities in the communities in which they operate. IHOP’s goal this year is $3 million.

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. Stunning!

Donations – including all those made on IHOP National Pancake Day – 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. Its 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, and learn about your member hospital, at

Now this is exactly the kind of holiday that treats ‘holiday fatigue’ big time. See you at IHOP tomorrow!

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