NEWS | February 1, 2013

Generous, hungry donors get an early taste of National Pancake Day


Generous – and hungry – donors at UC Davis Children’s Hospital were treated on Feb. 1 to a great breakfast on the run as a preview of IHOP National Pancake Day and to benefit the children's hospital and Children's Miracle Network (CMN).

IHOP cooking team
Sacramento region IHOP owner Tariq Munir, center, oversaw pancake production at UC Davis Children's Hospital with three of his employees (from left to right), Wayne Hampton, Manuel Mendoza and Adrian Salazar.

Visitors to the morning event could drive up and receive a stack of buttermilk pancakes in exchange for a donation in any amount to CMN. Participants such as Sierralyn Williams, 2, thought the fluffy buttermilk pancakes were scrumptious.

IHOP National Pancake Day, which was celebrated this year on Feb. 5, is honchoed in Sacramento by Tariq Munir, the owner of all of the region’s 22 IHOPs. Munir and his pancake-slinging crew raised $86,000 for the children’s hospital last year. This year’s goal was $100,000.

Munir’s IHOPs have been involved in National Pancake Day since its inception in 2006, raising many tens of thousands of dollars for UC Davis Children’s Hospital.

“It’s really taken on a life of its own,” Munir said. “We love the fact that all of the money that we raise for the Children’s Miracle Network stays locally in Sacramento.” 

Munir added that his restaurant employees also participate in the CMN fund drive, and members of his wait staff often donate their tips.

Child receiving pancakes © UC Regents
Lezlie McBride, UC Davis Children's Hospital associate development officer, serving breakfast to 2-year-old pancake connoisseur Sierralyn Williams. Williams thought the pancakes were scrumptious.

This year, National Pancake Day coincided with the 30th anniversary of the Utah-based CMN, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals. UC Davis Children's Hospital is the regional CMN affiliate.

From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on National Pancake Day, IHOP guests all over the U.S. enjoyed a complimentary stack of buttermilk pancakes in exchange for donations to CMN. Since 2006, the event has been held each year on Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day or Mardi Gras (translation: fat Tuesday), the first day of Lent.

UC Davis Children's Hospital is the Sacramento region's only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children, serving infants, children, adolescents and young adults with primary, subspecialty and critical care. It includes the Central Valley's only pediatric emergency department and Level I pediatric trauma center, which offers the highest level of care for critically ill children. The 129-bed children's hospital includes the state-of-the-art 49-bed neonatal and 24-bed pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiac intensive care units. With more than 120 physicians in 33 subspecialties, UC Davis Children's Hospital has more than 74,000 clinic and hospital visits and 13,000 emergency department visits each year. For more information, visit