Today the International House of Pancakes will be giving a free short stack of pancakes to everybody in celebration of National Pancake Day and to support the Children's Miracle Network of Miami.
A short stack is equal to three buttermilk pancakes. In return each guest will be asked for a small donation, about $5, to the Children's Miracle Network.
This is IHOP's seventh consecutive year offering free pancakes on National Pancake Day to raise awareness and funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
IHOP hopes to raise $2.7 million this year for the program at the Miami Children's Hospital, serving over 4 million pancakes. Last year they raised $2.5 million, exceeding their goal by more than $200,000.
So far IHOP has doled out over 14 million free pancakes while raising more than $8 million since 2006. This year they hope to exceed $10 million. Last year's event was the largest in their 53-year history, help them make this one bigger.
Only the buttermilk pancakes are available with this offer, which means that any specialty pancakes or toppings do not apply.
"We try to keep it only to the buttermilk pancakes because of the hefty volume of pancakes we serve on this day," says Janet Alexander, IHOP regional marketing director for South Florida. "We find it well worth our trouble and work hard to make it happen"
The fun starts at 7 a.m. and runs until 10 p.m. -- 15 full hours of free flapjacks. A donation is not required for free pancakes, although they hope a donation is made for each stack.
The limit is one stack per person at each IHOP, which means that anyone can get more than one free stack if they can make to more than one IHOP in the span of 15 hours, right?
"Theoretically yes," says Angela Ibarra on behalf of IHOP's National Pancake Day, "and they can leave more than one donation at each IHOP as well."
A short stack normally costs $5.79 plus tax, so totally free or not, each person emerges from this deal a winner because they donated five bucks to help out some kids. Of course, if one feels so inclined, they can donate more, or less. But don't be stingy folks, this is for a good cause.
"A donation is not required, we just hope that they will," says Ibarra.
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Spokespeople and CMN representatives will be present at two IHOP locations, at 7450 NW 186th Street and 285 NW 42nd Street in Miami, where they will be demonstrating how to properly prepare the perfect pancake.
The Children's Miracle Network is a non-profit charitable organization that raises funds for children's hospitals, medical research and community awareness about children's health issues.
National Pancake Day wasn't on the list of February foodie holidays, but it looks like that will have to change.