Local IHOP National Pancake Day festivities to benefit CMN at The Medical Center


COLUMBUS, GA –  Area IHOP restaurants are joining their counterparts nationwide to serve millions of pancakes in celebration of National Pancake Day on Tuesday, March 1, 2011. 


On that Tuesday, from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m., IHOP customers can enjoy a free short stack of IHOP’s famous buttermilk pancakes and, in turn, will be asked to make a donation to their local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) hospital. All proceeds raised from participating IHOP restaurants in the local area will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network at The Medical Center.


IHOP is proud to partner with CMN and The Medical Center as these organizations share similar goals and values – improving the lives of families in the communities they serve.


Participating IHOP restaurants in the area include:


  • 2111 Airport Thruway
    Columbus, GA 31904-9050


  • 2939 North Lake Parkway
    Columbus, GA 31909-2519


  • 3747 Highway 431 N
    Phenix City, AL 36867-2363


  • 1463 Opelika Rd
    Auburn, AL 36830


Special festivities are planned for Sunday, Feb. 27; Monday, Feb. 28 and Tuesday, March 1 to commemorate the event.  On Sunday, Feb. 27, IHOP on North Lake will host a Crusin’ for Kids day which involves several activities, starting with a motorcycle poker run in the morning. Registration is from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Then, from 3 to 6 p.m., the restaurant will offer several family-friendly activities including face painting, inflatable bouncers, a candy grab and a car, bike and truck show.


On Monday, Feb. 28 at 6 a.m., three local leaders will square off in friendly pancake flipping and stacking contests at the IHOP on Airport Thruway. The contestants will include Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, The Medical Center President/CEO Lance Duke, and Dr. Joseph Zanga, the Chief of Pediatric services at The Medical Center.


On Tuesday, March 1, Mayor Tomlinson will grant a proclamation at the Airport Thruway location at 7 a.m., while Phenix City Mayor Sonny Coulter will be delivering a proclamation to the Phenix City IHOP at the exact same time.


In addition, several outstanding young women will help welcome guests at the following locations:


Miss Columbus State University Hayley Henderson will be at the IHOP on North Lake Parkway at 7:30 a.m.


Miss Columbus Cassie Lee and Miss Columbus Outstanding Teen Caityln Molnar will be at the IHOP on North Lake Parkway at 5:45 p.m.



Children’s Miracle Network at The Medical Center was established in 1995.  Since then, it has raised more than $3 million.  Every dollar raised by Children’s Miracle Network at The Medical Center stays in the community to help children treated at The Medical Center.  The Medical Center is one of 170 Children’s Miracle Network hospitals in North America and only one of six hospitals in Georgia.

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As the region's leading provider of healthcare, Columbus Regional Health has touched the lives of most of the children and adults in this region through its comprehensive network of services. Located in the West Georgia city of Columbus, Columbus Regional was established in 1986 as a not-for-profit health services organization, but its roots can be traced back to 1836 when the local hospital was a small wooden building on the banks of the Chattahoochee River.