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IHOP TO OFFER FREE PANCAKES TO GUESTS NATIONWIDE ON FEBRUARY 5 NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS

IHOP TO OFFER FREE PANCAKES TO GUESTS NATIONWIDE ON FEBRUARY 5 NATIONAL PANCAKE DAY TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS

FundraiserAims to Raise $3 Million to Kick Off Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30thAnniversary Glendale, Calif. – – Batter up, breakfast lovers! IHOP®, one ofAmerica’s most popular family-friendly restaurants, known for “everything youlove about breakfast,” will once again invite guests to enjoy free pancakesduring National Pancake Day on February 5, 2013, while celebrating Children’sMiracle Network Hospitals’ 30th Anniversary. On this day, therestaurant chain hopes to raise $3 million as the first national fundraisingcampaign to kick off the 2013 fundraising year for Children’s Miracle NetworkHospitals. During National Pancake Day, the company’s largestphilanthropic event of the year, more than 1,500 IHOP restaurants across thecountry will invite guests to enjoy a complimentary stack of IHOP’s signaturedelicious buttermilk pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. {{more}}Guests will be encouragedto make a voluntary contribution to the local Children’s Miracle NetworkHospital or other local charities. One hundred percent of the donations willhelp local charities provide vital equipment, life-saving procedures andcritical care for sick and injured children. This will mark the eighth year that IHOP has heldNational Pancake Day, which to date has raised more than $10 million dollarsfor Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. In 2012alone, IHOP raised more than $3 million for Children’s Miracle NetworkHospitals and other charities. “Millions of free pancakes served on National PancakeDay mean millions of miracles for those in need,” said Julia Stewart, InterimPresident, IHOP and CEO of the parent company, DineEquity, Inc. “The concept issimple, but our mission is ambitious; to save and improve the lives of as manychildren as possible through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. For the pasteight years, it has been a pleasure and a privilege for all of us at IHOP toparticipate in this worthy event, and each year our guests have proved to beincredibly generous, helping us not only reach but surpass our goal. We lookforward to continuing that trend this year as we plan to once again flip andserve about 4 million free pancakes for charity.” Guests visiting participating IHOP restaurants insupport of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals will also have the option topurchase “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5 each, throughout the month of Januaryleading into National Pancake Day, with all proceeds going to the Children’sMiracle Network Hospital. Participating restaurants will display the balloonsin 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 becredited toward their next visit. For more information on National Pancake Day, or tolearn about Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and make an online donation,visit http://www.ihoppancakeday.com/ ABOUT CHILDREN’S MIRACLENETWORK HOSPITALS Children’s Miracle Network Hospitalsraises funds for 170 nonprofit children’s hospitals across the United Statesand Canada, which, in turn, use the money where it’s needed the most. When adonation is given it stays in the community, helping local kids. Since 1983,Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $4.3 billion, most ofit $1 at a time. These donations have gone to support research and training,purchase equipment and pay for uncompensated care, all in support of themission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Learnmore at CMNHospitals.org. ABOUT IHOP For 54 years, IHOP has been a leaderand expert in all things breakfast and a leader in family dining. The chain ishighly competitive in its menu offering, serving 65 different signature, made-from-scratchbreakfast options as well as a range of meals under 600 calories. Beyondoffering “everything you love about breakfast,” IHOP has a wide selection ofpopular lunch and dinner items, as well. IHOP offers its guests an affordable,everyday dining experience with warm and friendly service. As of September 30,2012, there were 1,565 IHOPs in 50 states and the District of Columbia, as wellas in Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates, and theU.S. Virgin Islands. Under the licensed name IHOP at HOME® consumers can alsoenjoy a line of premium breakfast products available at leading retailers. IHOPrestaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, Calif.-based InternationalHouse of Pancakes, LLC and its affiliates. International House of Pancakes, LLCis a wholly-owned subsidiary of DineEquity, Inc. NOTE TO EDITORS: Pancake Day is a tradition that dates back several centuries to whenthe English prepared for fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eatingof all dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the supplyof eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products…hence the name Pancake Tuesday,or Shrove Tuesday. IHOP’s National Pancake Day will take place a week beforeShrove Tuesday on Tuesday, February 5.