Short Stacks Add up to Miracles for Kids on National Pancake Day

On February 5, 2013, guests at IHOP eateries across America celebrated National Pancake Day with a free short stack (and the signature endless flow of syrup). In return guests contributed happily to incredible causes like the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals©. Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised more than $10 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates. Donations made on National Pancake Day locally are being sent to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center.

National Pancake Day Fun Facts:

  • IHOP served four million free pancakes on National Pancake Day 2012 and pancake lovers donated more than $3 million to children’s charities, exceeding the fundraising goal of $2.7 million.
  • All of the free pancakes served on National Pancake Day 2012 would create a stack nearly 16 miles high.
  • Since the inception of National Pancake Day in 2006, IHOP has given away more than 18 million pancakes in support of local charities. 

  • National Pancake Day 2012 was IHOP’s largest one-day event in the company’s 54-year history.

Cody Romer from Rock Tavern, NY makes a donation

To families with sick children, this is much more than just good intention - it's confirmation of hope during what is often a very desperate time. Some of the operations and procedure carried out at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital include open heart and brain surgery; advanced burn care and even organ transplant. The hospital also works with Ronald McDonald House of Greater Hudson Valley to provide a home-away-from-home for parents who want to stay close by to their hospitalized kids.

Hudson Valley regional IHOP restaurants participated in National Pancake Day accounting for $20,000 in donations last year that were used to support Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center. This year there are 10 participating IHOP restaurants* doing their part including stores in Westchester, Orange, Dutchess, Fairfield and Rockland counties. Hopes are high that this year's donations with top last year's figures.

*IHOP restaurants in the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County participating on behalf of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center include:

  • Westchester County: Hartsdale, Larchmont, Mohegan Lake, Yonkers
  • Rockland County: Spring Valley Marketplace, Palisades Center
  • Orange County: Newburgh, Middletown
  • Dutchess County: Poughkeepsie
  • Fairfield County: Stamford

Fran Atria (right) with Andrew LaGuardia

Andrew LaGuardia - director of communications for Maria Fareri Children's Hospital was standing by during the lunch rush at the Newburgh, NY store which has been in operation for about 5 months. Owner Fran Atria also owns the Middletown IHOP (est. 2001) and he and his hard-working staff were unified in support of the very charitable cause. LaGuardia explained that 100% of the proceeds will benefit Maria Fareri's Children's Hospital which is home to the seriously ill and injured kids in the Hudson Valley.

By noon 505 people - most of them from Washingtonville - had already been served. Shown above Jessica Fico, Christie Malitz, Brianna Paolini and Demi Moscatello. If you're keeping count of short stacks, that's over 2.5k pancakes! Thank you to the local owners of these fine establishments for being partners with their community in raising happy, healthy children and to the celebraters of National Pancake Day for your contributions. You make a difference!


Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center is the advanced care pediatric facility for New York's Hudson Valley region and Fairfield County, Connecticut. As home to the region’s only pediatric intensive care unit, pediatric transplant program, burn care and cardiac catheterization programs, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital cares for the area’s most seriously ill and injured kids. For more information including a video tour of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, please visit