12 th  Annual National Pancake Day®  Fundraiser Aims to Raise $3.5 Million For Local Charities 

Miss Illinois,  Jaryn  Franklin,  Visits  Halsted  IHOP to Flip and Serve Guests Free Pancakes   on March 7 th 

WHAT:  Miss Illinois  titleholder, Jaryn  Franklin, is partnering with IHOP® Restaurants in  support of Children’s Miracle Network  as a spokesperson for the brand’s 12 th annual National Pancake Day. On  March 7,   she will visit a Chicago-are a  IHOP restaurant on Halste d Street  to flip and serve free pancakes with a purpose while helping to raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network  and the  Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.


Miss Illinois, Jaryn Franklin Nova, Miracle Child, patient at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

IHOP Representatives Guests at IHOP dining on free pancakes

WHY:   On March 7, National Pancake Day, IHOP restaurants nationwide will offer each guest one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes to raise awareness and funds  for the  Children’s Miracle Network and  its member hospital, the  Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

This year, IHOP Restaurants is celebrating  the 12th  annual National Pancake Day and hopes to raise $3.5 million .  To find a local IHOP restaurant or to donate online,  visit  www.ihoppancakeday.com.  For every delicious short stack of buttermilk pancakes served on National Pancake Day, guests are invited to donate to their local Children’s  Miracle Network hospital.



Tuesday,  March 7, 2017   

7:00 a.m.  – 10:00 a. m.  Miss  Illinois,  Jaryn Franklin  trades her sash for a spatula and flips and serves pancakes to guests at the IHOP restaurant located at 3760 N Halsted St reet, Chicago, IL.

National Pancake Day b-roll footage featuring Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields flipping pancakes can also be downloaded easily here. PSA footage and audio can be downloaded here.


National Pancake Day Fun Facts:

  • IHOP Restaurants expect to serve more than 5 million free pancakes on National Pancake Day this year – which when stacked, would be nearly 19 miles high!
  • In 2016, IHOP raised close to $4 million for leading children’s charities.
  • Since the inception of National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP Restaurants has raised $24 million to support charities in the local communities in which they operate.



For 58 years, IHOP has been a leader, innovator and expert in all things breakfast, any time of day. The chain offers 65 different signature, fresh, made-to-order breakfast options, a wide selection of popular lunch and dinner items as well as meals under 600 calories. IHOP restaurants offer guests an affordable, everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. Today, there are more than 1,700 IHOP restaurants worldwide, including locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam as well as Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, The Philippines, and Panama. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN) and its affiliates .


ABOUT CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS 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. Donations 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, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. 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 CMNHospitals.org

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