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Folsom flips for flapjacks

National Pancake Day draws hungry eaters for fundraiser
By: Laura Newell, Of the Telegraph
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Folsom’s IHOP recently served up stacks of pancakes in celebration of National Pancake Day.

During National Pancake Day on Tuesday, Feb. 5, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country invited guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signature buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests were encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities. One hundred percent of the donations will help local charities provide vital equipment, life-saving procedures and critical care for sick and injured children.

“The restaurant chain aimed to raise $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in celebration of the organization’s 30th anniversary. It is so great because all of the donations stay local,” said Doryene Hansen, district manager. “This is just a great day for us. We are all so excited.”

Debra Phipps is a volunteer with the UCD Children’s Miracle Network and was collecting donations at the Folsom IHOP on National Pancake Day.

“The UCD Children’s Miracle Network is fantastic and provides wonderful services for sick kids and their families,” Phipps said. “We appreciate all donations.”

This will mark the eighth year that IHOP has held National Pancake Day, which has raised more than $10 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. In 2012, IHOP raised more than $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities.

“Millions of free pancakes served on National Pancake Day mean millions of miracles for those in need,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, IHOP and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc. “The concept is simple, but our mission is ambitious; to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For the past eight years, it has been a pleasure and a privilege for all of us at IHOP to participate in this worthy event, and each year our guests have proved to be incredibly generous, helping us not only reach but surpass our goal. We look forward to continuing that trend this year as we plan to once again flip and serve about 4 million free pancakes for charity.”

Janice Forster, 18, and Laura Baryak, 17, both of Fair Oaks, were enjoying their free pancakes a the Folsom IHOP on their day off from school. They also helped by donating to the UCD Children’s Miracle Network.

“We came out here for National Pancake Day because we love pancakes,” Forster said. “It worked out perfectly because we had the day off, so we came out for some pancakes.”

Nichole Wolfe, of Folsom, brought her daughter Avery, 3, and son Austin, 2, out for some pancakes.

“We love pancakes and wanted to come out for National Pancake Day,” Wolfe said. “It’s a great place to bring my kids.”

A.J. Smith, 19, of Orangevale, also came out for the pancakes. But, he made sure to make a donation before eating breakfast.

“I wanted to donate to the network to further help the cause,” Smith said. “Now I’m excited to eat some pancakes and celebrate National Pancake Day.”