365 days of celebration


IHOP National Pancake Day

Posted by Brittany

IHOP National Pancake DayToday is IHOP National Pancake Day, an annual celebration that began in 2006 and has raised over $5 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities. Today’s proceeds from our local IHOP in Stafford, VA go to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the largest voluntary health agency dedicated to the treatment and cure of blood cancers. This particular location always seems to be busy and the promise of free buttermilk pancakes on this special day usually results in lines that extend out the door. But the wait is well worth it — last year restaurants across the country raised $2.1 million for charity and served stacks of free pancakes that combined would have measured 31.5 miles high!

Chris and I had an full and exciting day. During our lunch break we had the opportunity to give a short interview about The year of LIVING UNOFFICIALLY with Ripley Radio of Ripley’s Believe It or Not fame (details will be posted on our Facebook page as they become available). It was a lot of fun and we were grateful for the opportunity to share our project with Ripley listeners. After the excitement of the interview the rest of our work day flew by in no time at all, and when it was over we met my parents at Outback to celebrate my dad’s 63rd birthday. Happy birthday Vic/Daddeo! As usual, the food was great and the staff obliged us with a chorus of “Happy Birthday”. The best part was that my dad told our waiter he was turning “eleben” and he actually announced to the entire restaurant that Vic was “turning eleben” before they launched into their song!

By the time our birthday celebration was complete, Chris and I only had two hours before IHOP was set to close their doors and end IHOP National Pancake Day for 2011. Luckily, our local IHOP is literally next door to Outback, and a table was ready for us in just ten minutes! It was obvious that the staff had been busy all day — they all looked like they were in need of a break, but somehow they had still managed to keep their “National Pancake Day 2011″ t-shirts a gleaming white. I want one of those shirts! While Chris had opted for a steak at Outback, I had sensibly ordered a salad, so I had a little room left in my belly for a white chocolate coffee and the free stack of buttermilk pancakes we split. Poor Chris only made it a few bites before he had to give up! We actually finished up our pancakes and drinks pretty quickly; we were really just there long enough to eat what little we shared and make a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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