MILWAUKEE (2/20/2009) - Miss Wisconsin 2008, Briana Lipor, will visit the Miller Park IHOP restaurant for National Pancake Day from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. IHOP plans to give away millions of its signature buttermilk pancakes, one free short stack at a time, on Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to benefit Children's Miracle Network. In return, IHOP hopes that guests will make a voluntary donation to support local children's hospitals through Children's Miracle Network and other local charities.
IHOP launched its National Pancake Day fundraising effort in 2006 to benefit the communities in which it operates. Last year's fundraiser was the largest one-day event in IHOP's 50-year history – giving away more than 1.5 million pancakes and raising more than $875,000 for local children's hospitals and other worthy causes. To date, IHOP has raised nearly $2 million in support of local charities and hopes to raise at least $1 million in 2009.
Known also as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, National Pancake Day is a centuries-old tradition dating back to when the English would rid ice boxes of dairy products in preparation for Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all dairy products during then Lenten season, 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.
For more information about National Pancake Day, to find a local IHOP, or to donate to Children's Miracle Network, visit www.IHOPpancakeday.com.