Stop by your local IHOP on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 7am to 10pm for this year’s National Pancake Day. Each guest will receive one free short stack of pancakes. IHOPs are taking donations in exchange for the pancakes to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network.

Last year they raised $2.1 million and this years goal is $2.3 million.

A little history…
IHOP began its National Pancake Day in 2006, and since then, has raised $5.35 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities and given away more than 10.1 million buttermilk pancakes.

Known also as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, National Pancake Day dates back several centuries to when the English prepped for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products…hence the name Pancake Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday.

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