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Fundraiser Aims to Raise $3 Million to Kick Off Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th Anniversary
Glendale, Calif. – (January 8, 2013) - Batter up, breakfast lovers!  IHOP®, one of America’s 
most popular family-friendly restaurants, known for “everything you love about breakfast,” will 
once again invite guests to enjoy free pancakes during National Pancake Day on February 5, 
2013, while celebrating Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th Anniversary. On this day, 
the restaurant chain hopes to raise $3 million as the first national fundraising campaign to kick 
off the 2013 fundraising year for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

During National Pancake Day, the company’s largest philanthropic event of the year, more 
than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across the country will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary 
stack of IHOP’s signature delicious buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Guests will be encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities. One hundred percent of the donations will help local charities provide vital equipment, life-saving procedures and critical care for sick and injured children.

This will mark the eighth year that IHOP has held National Pancake Day, which to date has 
raised more than $10 million dollars for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. In 2012 alone, IHOP raised more than $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network 
Hospitals and other charities.

“Millions of free pancakes served on National Pancake Day mean millions of miracles for those 
in need,” said Julia Stewart, Interim President, IHOP and CEO of the parent company, 
DineEquity, Inc. “The concept is simple, but our mission is ambitious; to save and improve the 
lives of as many children as possible through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For the 
past eight years, it has been a pleasure and a privilege for all of us at IHOP to participate in 
this worthy event, and each year our guests have proved to be incredibly generous, helping us 
not only reach but surpass our goal. We look forward to continuing that trend this year as we plan 
to once again flip and serve about 4 million free pancakes for charity.”

Guests visiting participating IHOP restaurants in support of Children’s Miracle Network 
Hospitals will also have the option to purchase “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5 each, 
throughout the month of January leading into National Pancake Day, with all proceeds going 
to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Participating restaurants will display the balloons in celebration of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30-year anniversary. Those who buy a $5 Miracle Balloon will receive a $5 off discount that can be credited toward their next visit.

For more information on National Pancake Day, or to learn about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and make an online donation, visit


New Year – New You!
Your goal this new year? Climb!

Des Moines, IA (December 3, 2012) – Resolve to embrace a new you this new year. 
Give yourself a tangible fitness and weight loss goal: climb one, two or three buildings in downtown Des Moines when you sign up for the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb on Sunday April 7, 2013.

“Thousands of Iowans will resolve to lose weight and get in shape this New Year,” said Micki Sandquist, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Iowa.  “Signing up and training for the Fight for Air Climb is a strong motivator to get to the gym and a fun way to diversify 
your workout. It’s also a great way to remind ourselves of what most of us take for granted – our ability to breathe easily.”  

The Fight for Air Climb is a unique event held at three buildings in downtown Des Moines: EMC Insurance Companies, Hub Tower and the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. This event is a great 
way to challenge yourself – whether your goal is to reach the top or to be the first to cross the 
finish line – you will walk away with a newfound respect for your lungs!

Participants can climb at their own pace, as an individual or team.  There is a special division for 
law enforcement and firefighters.

“If you’ve resolved to make fitness a bigger part of your life in the New Year, I recommend you 
take the first step today by signing up for theFight for Air Climb,” said Sandquist. “Simply by 
taking the stairs every day, studies show that it is a very efficient way of burning maximum 
calories, and is great for those of us with limited time to exercise.”

Early bird registration, available until January 31 is $15; after that date it is $25.  
A minimum $100 fundraising is required.  Participants can register at  

About the American Lung Association:
Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working 
to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous 
support, the American Lung Association is "Fighting for Air" through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work 
it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit