IHOP gives away free pancakes to benefit Riley kids

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IHOP locations nationwide gave away free pancakes Tuesday. 

It was part of the 14th annual Free Pancake Day – Flip it Forward for Kids campaign. 

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., people could visit IHOP and get a free short stack of original buttermilk pancakes. Some locations, including the IHOP on Washington Center Road in Fort Wayne, extended the deal until 10 p.m. 

In exchange, the restaurants accepted donations for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. 

Donations in Indiana went toward Riley Hospital for Children, which is the state’s only CMN Hospital. 

Riley’s Indianapolis location sees children from all 92 counties in Indiana, and is dedicated to treating children facing life-threatening illnesses. That comes out to around 323,000 patient visits each year. 

IHOP hopes to use Free Pancake Day as a way to help those children. 

This year, the restaurant expected to serve a record-breaking 5 million pancakes in a single day to support its charity partners. The fundraising goal for the event nationwide was $4 million. 

Fort Wayne has three locations that participated in the campaign:

  • 4403 Coldwater Road
  • 6839 W. Jefferson Blvd. 
  • 1535 W. Washington Center Road

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