IHOP's National Pancake Day celebration to raise money for children's hospitals

SAN DIEGO - The eighth annual National Pancake Day will be celebrated at all 23 IHOP locations in San Diego County Tuesday to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network.

Local funds are slated to go to Rady Children's Hospital.

Miss California, Mabelynn Capeluj of San Diego, is scheduled to appear at the chain's outlet in Miramar, 9449 Kearny Mesa Road, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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At the Hollywood IHOP in Los Angeles, Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan, will flip and serve pancakes as part of Tuesday's nationwide fundraising effort.

IHOP will give away one free short stack of buttermilk pancakes per customer. In return for the pancakes, customers will be asked to consider leaving a donation for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which raises funds for 170 nonprofit children's hospitals across North America.

The Glendale-based chain began National Pancake Day in 2006 and more than $10 million has been raised for charities in the communities in which it operates, including more than $3 million last year, when 4 million pancakes were given away.

IHOP has set a goal of raising $3 million Tuesday.

National Pancake Day stems from Pancake Day, a centuries old tradition in England, where people rid ice boxes of dairy products in preparation for Lent. Pancakes were made to use up the supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products prohibited during Lent.

The 23-year-old Hagan was raised in Opelika, Ala., and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is studying advertising, marketing and communications at The Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and plans to pursue a career in cosmetics and fragrance marketing.

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