Free pancakes generate donations for UC Davis Children’s Hospital

Drive thru pancake sale © Children's Miracle Network
Miss Sacramento County Taylor-Paige Butler (right) and Miss Sacramento County's Outstanding Teen Heaven Leigh Hokulani Quiban (behind Butler) along with other supporters direct traffic to the drive-through pancake breakfast.

Posted March 3, 2010

Pancake lovers — and those supporting the care of sick children at UC Davis Children’s Hospital — were able to eat their fill of short stacks on Monday, Feb. 22, without even having to leave their cars.

In partnership with the International House of Pancakes (IHOP), the hospital held a drive-through pancake breakfast on the hospital grounds. Anyone who traveled through the drive-through and made a donation to the hospital received free buttermilk pancakes, courtesy of IHOP. More than 400 pancakes were flipped for generous breakfast eaters.

The UC Davis event was held the day before IHOP’s nationwide National Pancake Day, a partnership with the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN). Now in its fifth year, Pancake Day encourages IHOP patrons to donate what they would have paid for a short stack of buttermilk pancakes to the Children’s Miracle Network.

“Events like the drive-through really help build awareness of the importance of our children's hospital,” said Jacquelyn Kay-Mills, development officer for community and CMN giving for UC Davis Health System. “They also provide critical support for many of our pediatric patient care and research efforts.”

On National Pancake Day this year, IHOP served 4 million free pancakes, resulting in donations of $2.1 million for CMN. All proceeds from Sacramento area pancake sales will benefit UC Davis Children’s Hospital, the CMN affiliate in this region, which are expected to be close to $40,000.