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IHOP Restaurants offer free pancakes March 8 for Annual National Pancake Day

Posted on 08/03/2016 1:00pm

IHOP Restaurant Tradition Returns for Third Year to Raise Funds for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

VANCOUVER, BC. (March 7, 2016) On March 8, 2016, pancake lovers will flock to their local IHOP® restaurants to enjoy one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes in celebration of the brand’s third annual National Pancake Day® in Canada. IHOP restaurants will give away free pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 8 only, and ask guests to leave behind a voluntary donation to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Leading up to National Pancake Day, participating IHOP restaurants will also sell “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5. The balloons are available for purchase from now to March 8. Guests who purchase a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 discount coupon that can be used at their  next visit to IHOP. All donations raised in British Columbia will support the urgent needs for treating sick and injured children at BC Children’s Hospital. 

“Everyone at IHOP, including our franchisees and team members, are thrilled to celebrate the third annual National Pancake Day in Canada,” said Daniel Del Olmo, President, International, DineEquity, Inc., the parent company of IHOP and Applebee’s®. “This annual tradition is demonstrative of the commitment we have to giving back to our local communities. Every pancake given away on National Pancake Day serves a purpose, and over the last three years, thanks to the generosity of our guests, we were able to help so many children in need.”

Gary and Karm Ahuja’s youngest child, Maya, has been a patient at BC Children’s Hospital since birth, due to a congenital heart defect and soft cleft palate.  “We know first-hand the incredible work that takes place at the hospital every day, and our family is grateful for the care Maya has received,” says Gary.  “Nothing can prepare you for having a sick child, but knowing that fundraisers like National Pancake Day are providing funds for the urgent needs of the hospital that saved Maya’s life, demonstrates the huge network of support for families like ours.”

With fast-growing support, IHOP, in partnership with Children’s Miracle Network and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, has raised more than $60,000 over the last two years for sick and injured children from across the province.

For more information on National Pancake Day or to learn more about Children’s Miracle Network and make a donation, please visit

Learn more about patient Maya Ahuja at


BC Children’s Hospital is the province’s only full-service acute-care hospital dedicated to serving close to one million children living in BC and the Yukon. All children who are seriously ill or injured are referred to Children’s Hospital and are either treated at the hospital facility in Vancouver or, with consultation from Children’s specialists, in their home community. Last year, more than 84,000 children were treated at Children’s Hospital. Funds raised by the foundation are used to support BC Children’s Hospital, its research institute and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children. For more information visit and follow @BCCHF on Twitter.


Children’s Miracle Network® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals, 14 of which are in Canada.  Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and research. Its various 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, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at and


For over 57 years, International House of Pancakes, LLC 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-to-order breakfast options as well as meals under 600 calories. Beyond offering "everything you love about breakfast," IHOP® restaurants have a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items, as well. IHOP restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. As of September 30, 2015, there were 1,667 IHOP restaurants in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as in Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the Philippines, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 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).

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For more information please contact:

Kelsey Harrington
Wills Communications, Inc.

Joanna Newman
BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Craig Hoffman