Appetizers
February 1, 2011
IHOP is giving away pancakes. Here's how to get yours

By Allen Pierleoni
apierleoni@sacbee.com

Can you use a year's supply of free flapjacks from the International House of Pancakes? What about a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes from IHOP on National Pancake Day, which will be March 1? If so, get your knife and fork ready for a worthy fund-raiser.

Once again, IHOP is sponsoring its national online contest, "Stacks for Good Acts," which asks good Samaritans for their 250-word stories "about a good deed they or someone they know did in 2010." The judges will choose one winner based on his/her story's "emotional impact, originality and entertainment value." That person will get free pancakes for a year.

To get started right now (through Feb. 25), see the contest rules (and more information) at www.ihoppancakeday.com. The winner will be announced March 1.

There's more: On March 1, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants nationwide will fork over a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In return, says a spokesman, "We will ask guests to make a voluntary donation to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities."

There are 25 IHOPs in the greater Sacramento area.

"National Pancake Day is IHOP's way of saying thank you and helping kids in need," said IHOP president Jean Birch. "We want to hear about (our customers') good deeds and reward one of them for an extraordinary act."

To further benefit Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, "Miracle Balloons" will be available at IHOPs for $1 and $5 each from now through March 1.

Since 1983, Children's Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4 billion to help 170 children's hospitals nationwide. The money raised in the Sacramento for this fund-raiser are will benefit the UC Davis Children's Hospital.

Call The Bee's Allen Pierleoni at (916) 321-1128.

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