PROVO, Utah – March 7 was National Pancake Day at IHOP restaurants across the nation. From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., customers got a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes.
All IHOP asks for in return is a small donation. All donations will go to three different charities, including the Children’s Miracle Network.
“We give you that free short stack. We hope that (you) can donate as much as possible – whatever change is underneath your seat. Every penny counts to the children up there. It’s a great cause to our community,” IHOP general manager Ciera Christensen said.
John Lauck, Children’s Miracle Network President and CEO, said all the money raised stays local. Children’s Miracle Network raises money for hospitals that provide treatment to children.
“We like the ability to tell our story or create awareness for the fact that children’s hospitals do need financial support,” Lauck said. “I like knowing the fact that the money stays local.”
The money goes straight to Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City.
“They really need the funds to be able to do the work that they do,” Lauck said.
IHOP general manager Ciera Christensen said she’s happy to contribute to the cause.
“It’s busy. We’re running all day, but… at the end of the day, you just feel good about what you did here. We count the donations at the end of the day and it’s all worth it,” Christensen said.
Lauck said Children’s Miracle Network aims to raise between $50,000 and $100,000 for Utah’s children during this fundraiser.