Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and IHOP Team Up to Help Local Kids

Staff Report From Albany CEO

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018

IHOP Restaurants have set the date for its 13th annual IHOP National Pancake Day event, the centerpiece of the all-day breakfast leader’s 60 Days of Giving campaign. As the brand’s signature philanthropic event, IHOP National Pancake Day and all related activities directly benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities dedicated to finding cures and eradicating life-threatening diseases that affect children and families.

On Tuesday, February 27, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. guests can receive a free short stack* of the brand’s world-famous, freshly made buttermilk pancakes at IHOP Restaurants nationwide. In return, guests are asked to help make a difference by leaving a donation of any size on-check or in-restaurant with all funds going to the charity partners’ local hospital affiliate. At the IHOP in Albany, GA, and Adel, GA, all donations will benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Phoebe.
To mark its milestone 60th year in business, IHOP and its franchisees have set an ambitious goal of raising $5 million for children’s hospitals and medical research during the two-month campaign – plus serving a record-breaking 5 million pancakes in a single day. All the money raised during this year’s 60 Days of Giving campaign will stay local and benefit thousands of children’s hospitals across the country. Last year, the IHOP in Albany raised just over $6,600 and $945 in Adel. This year the locations are looking to raise $8,500 combined.
To help bolster efforts, Becca Miller, CMNH Coordinator, said they are once again offering VIP tables to local businesses. “Last year was the first year we offered VIP tables and it was so successful we decided to do again. Local businesses purchase the tables for their employees to enjoy an hour of fellowship, while giving back to the community.”
Sponsors for the VIP tables this year include: Doherty, Duggan Hart & Tiernan; Miracle KIA of Albany; Miracle Toyota of Albany; Flint Community Bank; Turner’s Furniture; Complete Carriers; Remax of Albany; and PeoplesSouth Bank. The Kiwanis Club of Albany is not only a VIP table sponsor, but will also serve as CMNH ambassadors - visiting each table to tell guests about the great work that Children’s Miracle Network does in our local community.
Between now and March, guests have several ways to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Phoebe including:

·         Visiting any IHOP Restaurant on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 during event hours* and donating to the featured charity after enjoying a free stack of IHOP’s world-famous Buttermilk Pancakes.

·         Purchasing a wall icon in increments of $1, $5, $20 or $100 between January 31 and February 27, 2018 to show support. Guests who purchase a $5 wall icon will receive a $5 coupon good for a future purchase of $10 or more (valid at participating restaurants only).

·         Enjoying a meal at any IHOP restaurant between January 31 and March 31, 2018 and making an in-restaurant cash contribution or on-check donation to the featured charity partner.
Every penny raised locally to benefit Children’s Miracle Network stays in Southwest Georgia to help medical professionals treat our local children. Since 1997, Children’s Miracle Network supporters have raised more than $4.5 million to provide specialized equipment and programs to help babies and children treated at Phoebe. From life-saving equipment to help treat our most critically ill newborns to life-enhancing toys in the Pediatric Unit playroom, every child needing Phoebe’s care has benefited from funds raised through the Children’s Miracle Network.